Morgan Continues Pursuit Of First Win Saturday at Ohio

December 03, 2011 | WNST Staff

Game 7
Saturday, December 3, 2011 – 2 p.m. (ET)
Morgan State (0-6, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Ohio (4-1, 0-0 Mid-American)
Athens, Ohio – Convocation Center
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 102-70/6th
Career Record: 137-132  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
Ticket Info: 443-885-3830
• Morgan State will face Mid-American Conference member Ohio in Athens at the Convocation Center on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. (ET). This represents the first regular season meeting between the Bears and Ohio and also the first time MSU has played a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
• MSU is off to an 0-6 start with a road loss at #14/15 Xavier (63-74), a home loss against Murray State (69-80) and losses at UNLV (55-92), USC (62-65) and versus Tennessee State (64-690. The Bears will attempt to avoid its worst start since 2005 when they travel to face the Ohio Bobcats.
• MSU, who led for most of the second half, had a 45-37 advantage with 11:59 left before Tennessee State took over and came away with a 69-64 victory at the Las Vegas Invitational. Kevin Thompson led the Bears (0-6) with 16 points and five rebounds. DeWayne Jackson had 14 and Ian Chiles had 9 points.
• The Bears will play five of its next six games on the road, with its furthest road game coming on January 3rd against the Univ. of San Francisco Dons.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in five of six games this season.
• The Bears held a 27-21 advantage on the boards against USC and led 36-28 at halftime.
• Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.
• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
• Morgan State has lost four straight dating back to their loss against Hampton in the MEAC Championship game on March 12,2011.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 37 straight games.
 Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 881 points, and needs 119 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
• Sophomore Nick Kellogg was named to the All-MAC Freshman Team after leading the league in three-point field goal percentage last season at 45.3 percent. Kellogg shot 49 percent from beyond the arc in conference play. He also finished 10th in the league in three-pointers made. The freshman and son of Clark Kellogg, scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, hitting a career-high six 3-pointers, in a win at MAC Tournament champion Akron.
• Head Coach John Groce is taking part in the Second Annual ‘Shots from the Heart’ tournament, presented by The event will benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. The former Wake Forest head coach passed away on July 26, 2007 of a heart attack.
• Ohio had its best shooting game of the year during their 70-68 win against Marshall on Wednesday night. The Bobcats shot 50 percent (29 of 58), while Marshall was 21 of 52 (40.4 percent).
• Junior guard D.J. Cooper (5-11, 165) leads the team in scoring by averaging 14.6 points per game.
• The Bears have put together a challenging non-conference schedule, and currently have one of the toughest schedule in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

• They are one of four MEAC schools to have a strength of schedule in the top-100.

• MSU’s strength of schedule ranks No. 53, North Carolina Central ranks No. 51, Coppin State ranks 32 and Norfolk State ranks 14.