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Morgan faces NC Central Saturday night with MEAC Title, Tournament berth at stake

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Game #31 - MEAC Tournament Finals
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Opponent: No. 1 North Carolina Central Eagles (27-5)
Site: The Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 6 p.m.
Television: ESPNU
Record:  MSU 15-15 (11-5 MEAC)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (143-115 – 8th yr)
Series History: NCCU leads series, 44-40
Last Meeting: NCCU 53, MSU 52 on Jan. 27, 2014 in Durham, N.C.

BALTIMORE, Md. – Scoring its fourth win in five games, No. 3 seed Morgan State (15-15) advanced to the championship of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament for the sixth time in eight seasons after taking down No. 7 seed Coppin State, 79-64, last night. The win marked the third time this season the Bears have downed the crosstown rival Eagles. The Bears tip-off against No. 1 seed North Carolina Central (27-5) at 6 p.m. and will be attempting clinch its fourth MEAC Championship title and clinch its third trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Bears have had unprecedented success in the MEAC Tournament under head coach Todd Bozeman. The Bears have participated in six of the last eight MEAC Tournament championships, captured back-to-back MEAC Titles, and made appearances in the NIT and two NCAA Tournaments.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS 
Live stats of all games will be available on the conference’s official website, www.MEAChoops .com. The preliminary games will also be streamed live on MEACsports.com.

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER 
MSU men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, or any of the other MSU athletics programs on Twitter through the handle @MorganStBears.

MEAC TOURNAMENT FACTS
• Morgan State has won three MEAC Tournaments (1977, 2009 & 2010) and will be making its sixth championship appearance under Coach Bozeman.

• Morgan State has advanced to the MEAC Semifinals seven times in the last eight seasons.

• Todd Bozeman has led Morgan State to 17 of the school’s 32 MEAC Tournament wins.

• Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman was the 2009 and 2010 Outstanding Coach of the MEAC Tournament.

• Morgan State has had four MVP’s of the MEAC Tournament: Marvin ‘The Human Eraser” Webster (1975); Eric “The Pencil” Evans (1977); Reggie Holmes (2009); and Kevin Thompson (2010).

• Legendary Morgan State center Marvin Webster averaged 21.3 rebounds per game during the 1975 MEAC Tournament.

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SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL
N.C. Central, 27-5 overall, finished 15-1 in the MEAC and earned the number one seed. The Eagles, who rank No. 18 in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, advanced to the championship as a result of rolling No. 8 seed Howard, 92-46, in the quarterfinals round of the MEAC, followed by a 68-45 blowout against No. 4 seed Norfolk State Friday night in the semifinals. N.C. Central is on a 19-game winning streak and will attempt to make it 20 when they enter tonight’s matchup with No. 3 seed Morgan State. The Eagles are vying for its first MEAC Tournament Championship and its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

WE MEET AGAIN
The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Eagles for the 87th meeting between the two. N.C. Central holds a 46-40 advantage, and has gone 2-1 against the Bears since rejoining the MEAC.

THE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Senior guard Jeremy Ingram, an All-MEAC First Team selection, has fueled N.C. Central by averaging  at 20.3 ppg this season, while junior Jordan Parks has added 10.3 ppg and standout senior point guard Emanuel Chapman has contributed 6.8 ppg, 6.5 apg and 2.1 spg. The Eagles are led on the glass by redshirt-junior Jay Copeland (5.9 rpg). Senior Justin Black enters tonight’s contest averaging 19.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.8 apg while senior Ian Chiles is averaging 15.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 3.1 bpg, and senior Anthony Hubbard has added 10.8 ppg and 6.9 rpg.

THE ONLY MEETING THIS SEASON WAS AT N.C. CENTRAL, JAN. 27, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – Jeremy Ingram posted a game-high 20 points, Maramu Jawara added 13 for N. C. Central. It all added up to the Eagles erasing a 13-point deficit to hold on and beat Morgan State 53-52 at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium. Justin Black finished with 17 points for the Bears who came up short down the stretch for the second game in a row, having lost to N.C. A&T 68-67 in overtime.

The Bears tied the game at 52-52 when Donte Pretlow hit a jumper with 33 seconds to go. The Eagles came out of the timeout and worked the clock down before taking a shot that missed badly as the horn sounded. But the game was not over.

Morgan’s Shaquille Duncan was called for a foul against Karamo Jawara on a loose ball rebound. The officials adjusted the clock to display 1 second remaining in the game. Jawara stepped up and hit the first free throw, and missed the second on purpose. The Bears had .4 seconds left on the clock, but Thair Heath‘s inbounds pass sailed past Chiles as time expired.

NEXT UP: If Morgan State wins, they will earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. It would mark the Bears third appearance in the “Big Dance” in the last eight seasons.

BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB 
Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … Black recently moved in front of Jason McCoy (1,292 pts – 1987-91) as the school’s No. 13 leading scorer and following his career-high 29 points outing against No. 6 seed Florida A&M he currently has 1,350 career points.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB MR. CHILES
Senior center Ian Chiles scored 18 points in the semifinals and moved up to No. 21 on Morgan State’s all-time scoring list with 1,028 career points. He is only 8 points shy of becoming the school’s No. 20 leading scorer held currently by James Turk (1,035 pts / 1961-63).

VETERANS HUNGRY FOR THE ‘SHIP 
Seniors Justin Black and Ian Chiles have advanced to the third MEAC Championship game of their career. The standout duo were members of the Bears squad that was defeated by Hampton (60-55) in 2011 MEAC championship game, and they fell short again when North Carolina A&T (57-54) captured the title in 2013.

WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 9 blocked shots against Norfolk State on Feb. 8. He completed the regular season ranked No. 3 in the MEAC (3.0 bpg). He posted six blocks in the MEAC semifinals and currently has 92 blocks for the season, and 191 for his career.

THE ALMOST-TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Despite the loss against Norfolk State (Feb. 8), Ian Chiles had a strong effort and came close to finishing with the oh so rare — triple-double. “Big Slew” completed the night with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and notched a career-high nine blocked shots … one rejection short a triple-double.

ANOTHER ALMOST-TRIPLE-DOUBLE
In the MEAC semifinals win against No. 7 seed Coppin State, Anthony Hubbard nearly finished with a triple double. The senior small forward seemed to be everywhere on the floor. He finished with 12 points to go along with nine rebounds and dished out a career-high nine assists in 31 minutes of work.

POSTSEASON HONOR ROLL
Two Bears landed postseason honors from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2013-14. Seniors Justin Black and Ian Chiles were named to the All-MEAC first-team. With Black and Chiles receiving first team accolades, Morgan State has now registered at least one member on the All-MEAC first team in six of the last eight years under head coach Todd Bozeman.  In fact, this marks the third time under Bozeman that the Bears have had two players as first team selections.  The duo has also been named to the NABC First Team All-District team and College Hoops Daily All-MEAC First Team.

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Morgan welcomes Florida A&M for Senior Night Monday

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, March 3, 2014
Opponent: Florida A&M Rattlers (12-16, 7-7 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (140-114 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Morgan State Bears (12-14, 10-4 MEAC) will hosts the Florida A&M Rattlers in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference home game finale on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be highlighted by a pregame ceremony honoring four seniors, Ian ChilesThair HeathJustin Black and Anthony Hubbard. Monday’s matchup will mark the 53rd all-time meeting between the two programs, with the Rattlers holding a 32-20 edge since 1987. The Bears have won the last 5 of 6 matchups against Florida A&M.

SCOUTING FLORIDA A&M
The Rattlers welcomed back five veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 8-23 overall record, and finished ninth place in the MEAC with an  5-11 record. The Rattlers have three players averaging double-digit scoring. Jamie Adams leads the squad averaging 17.1 ppg (Ranked No. 6 in MEAC), followed by Reggie Lewis (12.5 ppg) and Markee Teal (10.0 ppg). Adams is among the league leaders in assists (3.5 – Ranked No. 5) and steals  (1.4 avg. – Ranked T-No. 6). Clemon Johnson is in his third season and currently has a 58-62 as the Rattlers head coach. Florida A&M defeated Edward Waters 104-69 on Wednesday night to extend its winning streak to four games. The Rattlers took a 54-32 lead over the Tigers at halftime, getting at least 50 points in each half.

LAST TIME VS. THE RATTLERS
BALTIMORE (March 7, 2013) - Justin Black had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead four Bears in double-figures lifting Morgan State to a 78-67 win over Florida A&M on Thursday night in the regular season finale at Hill Field House. 7-foot-2 center Ian Chiles was 9 of 13 for a career-high 18 points and Shaquille Duncan had 11 points.DeWayne Jackson, who was honored during the Bears’ “Senior Night” ceremony, posted 15 points, four rebounds with two blocks and became the school No. 6 all-time leading scorer with 1,537 career points.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Rattler for the 53rd meeting between the two. Florida A&M holds a 32-20 advantage, however the Bears have won five of the last six meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 6-3 record against the Rattlers since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 26 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.8 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.4 points per game (No. 9 in MEAC), while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.3 points and leads the squad averaging 6.7 rpg (No. 8).

BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB 
Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … Black recently moved in front of Anthony Young (1,269 pts – 1975-79) as the school’s No. 14 leading scorer and currently has 1,292 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT
MSU is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 14 conference games, MSU ranks No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 74.2 points per game, including 15 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint at Hampton (1/20), 42-20 advantage at Coppin State (2/10), and 48-30 versus Bethune-Cookman (3/1).

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT
Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.0 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.3 – No. 9). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 6.3 steals per game.

LOOK WHO’S IN SLAM 
Morgan State senior guard Justin Black was recently featured in SLAM ONLINE (www.slamonline.com) in an article entitled “Game Plan.”

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 25 games Chiles is shooting 55.3 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.2 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.430).

WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 9 blocked shots against Norfolk State on Feb. 8. He’s currently ranked No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 3.0 rejections per contest (77) and now has 176 career blocks.

THE ALMOST-TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Despite the loss against Norfolk State (Feb. 8), Ian Chiles had a strong effort and came close to finishing with the oh so rare — triple-double. “Big Slew” completed the night with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and notched a career-high nine blocked shots … one rejection short a triple-double.

A BLOSSOM ON THE OFFENSIVE GLASS
Cedric Blossom leads the Bears with 70 offensive rebounds thru the first 26 games. The sophomore has started in every game and is averaging 6.9 ppg, 5.4 rebounds in 23.2 minutes. He had a sensational game at UMES (Feb. 17) where he posted a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds — he has recorded three double-doubles during his career.

SENIOR DAY ON MONDAY
MSU will say goodbye to four seniors during a pregame ceremony. Justin BlackIan ChilesAnthony Hubbard and Thair Heath will wrap up seasons of impressive work Monday night when Morgan State and Florida A&M meet in Hill Field House in the 2014 home finale.

EYE ON THE STORM
Among the many intriguing angles for the Morgan State versus Florida A&M game on Monday night is that there is a winter storm that might play a factor. The forecast projects 6 to 10 inches of snow for Baltimore and the surrounding area during the day. Snow will be moderate to heavy during the morning commute and will continue to fall moderate to heavy at times through early afternoon Monday. The game, by all accounts, is expected to be played regardless.

NEXT UP FOR THE BEARS
Morgan State travels to Beltway rival Howard for the regular season finale. Tip-off is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Burr Gymnasium.

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Morgan returns to road Saturday at North Carolina A&T

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Opponent: North Carolina A&T Aggies (6-13, 2-2 MEAC)
Site: Corbett Sports Center, Greensboro, N.C.
Game Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (134-110 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.NCATAggies.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State returns to action with a pair of tough road tests. The Bears will take their unblemished Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record into the Corbett Sports Center to face North Carolina A&T Aggies on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m., before heading to Durham, N.C. to tip-off against the N.C. Central Eagles on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES

The Aggies welcomed back five veterans, including a pair of starters, from a squad that posted a 20-17 overall record, and defeated the Bears to capture the MEAC Tournament championship and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Richaud Pack, a transfer from Florida International, ranks No. 3 in in the MEAC in scoring by averaging 17.1 ppg. Lamont Middleton (16.5 ppg) and Bruce Beckford (11.8 ppg) are also averaging double-digits. Cy Alexander enters his second season as the Aggies’ head coach where he currently holds a 26-30 record. N.C A&T was blown out at North Carolina Central 84-44 on Wednesday. Jeremy Underwood had eight points to lead NC A&T (6-13, 2-2) which scored 20 of its 44 points at the free-throw line.
ROAD WARRIORS

This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 14 games, including a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. With an 87-70 victory against Norfolk State and an 80-71 win at Hampton the Bears improved to 2-6 on the season.
THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 16 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.8 ppg (No. 2 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 14.9 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.6 points and leads the squad averaging 6.6 rebounds on the boards.
BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB 

Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … Black currently has 1,100 career points.
THREES & FREES

The Bears currently rank last (13th) in the MEAC in three-pointers made (4.5 per game) and last in three-point accuracy (27 percent). Morgan State hit a season-high eight from beyond the arc against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 18 vs. High Point, setting a season high for makes. MSU is averaging 24 FTAs per night and rank last in the MEAC in FTs made per game (14) and last in FT accuracy (226-382 – .592 pct).

 

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT

Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.2 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.8 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 2 in the MEAC by averaging 7.7 steals per game.

 

TOUGH IN THE PAINT

Ian Chiles, Cedric Blossom and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 16 games Chiles is shooting 57.2 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.1 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 54.1 pct from the floor.
WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY

Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 7 blocked shots against Marist on 11/25. He’s currently ranked No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 2.9 rejections per contest and now has 145 career blocks.
THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first four conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 191 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 136 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against South Carolina State, the trio accounted for 37 of the Bears’ 73 points. In the last two wins (at Norfolk State and Hampton) the trio averaged 57.5 ppg. The trio has totaled 725 of the team’s 1,140 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Morgan plays first game of 2014 Saturday against SC State

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Opponent: South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-9, 1-0 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (131-110 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (3-10, 1-0) begins the calendar year when they host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent South Carolina State on Saturday. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to snap a three-game losing skid. Saturday afternoon’s contest will mark the 72nd basketball meeting between the teams. MSU has won six straight against the Bulldogs since 2010. The Bears are attempting to win its first two league game for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs welcomed back seven veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 6-24 overall record and went 2-14 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Matthew Hezekiah lis the only ‘Dawg averaging in double-figures by leading SCSU averaging 12.9 ppg. Hezekiah is also shooting 57 percent (72-125) from the field.  Darryl Palmer leads SCSU on the boards (6.5 rpg) and is averaging 1.5 blocks per contest with 7.8 points per contest. Jalen White runs the show for SCSU from his point guard position where he’s averaging 5.4 ppg and is dishing out 2.4 assists per game. Murray Garvin (Eastern Kentucky, ’98) enters his first season as SCSU’s head men’s basketball coach. South Carolina State posted their first conference win of the season with an, 78-71, victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore Wednesday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. Senior forward Matthew Hezekiah led the way for the Bulldogs recording his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Adama “Louis” Adams and freshman Jalen White tossed in 14 each in the win.

MSU’S LAST TIME OUT VS. SCSU
bench to score 16 points and Morgan State pulled away in the second half to defeat South Carolina State 61-52 in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.Hubbard scored 11 points in a span of just under 7 minutes midway through the first half to rally the fifth-seeded Bears (15-14). South Carolina State (6-24) went cold after scoring the game’s first 12 points and leading 32-29 at halftime. The 12th-seeded Bulldogs shot 25.7 percent (8 of 31) in the second half, including 1 of 13 from 3-point range after making 4 of 6 first-half 3-pointers. DeWayne Jackson scored 12 points for Morgan State to move into fifth place on the Bears’ career scoring list with 1,549 points. Matthew Hezekiah paced SCSU with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB
Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State NorthrIdge (12/27) … Black currently has 1,045 career points.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Thair HeathIan Chiles and Cedric Blossom are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 13 games Heath is shooting 66.7 pct, Chiles is shooting 57.4 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting 54.4 pct. from the floor.

PERFECT STROKE
On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge, Blake Bozeman went 5-10 from downtown on his way to scoring a season-high 15 points. Bozeman’s five three-pointers was the most by a Bear so far this season. The junior guard has connected on 21-of-62 three-pointers (.339 pct; No. 15 in MEAC).

CHILES NAMED “BEST OF 2013″ BY COLLEGE HOOPS DAILY
MSU redshirt senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the “Best of 2013″ All-MEAC Team by CollegeHoopsDaily.com. The website picked the top five players in each conference that stood out during the non-conference slate (click here for the entire team). Chiles finished non-conference action with 15 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and 2.9 blocks per game. The Cliffside Park, N.J. native also finished non-conference action by shooting 56 percent from the field.

HOMECOMING
Morgan State has three players on the roster from California. Thair Heath and Hassante Manning are both from Los Angeles, while Rasean Simpson is from San Diego.

WORKING OVERTIME
The Morgan State Bears are 1-0 in overtime games this season…On Nov. 25 vs. Marist, the Bears posted a 74-67 overtime victory in the consolation round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

HUBBARD SEEING DOUBLE
Anthony Hubbard has recently recorded back-to-back games with double-doubles. On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge with 13 points and 11 rebounds, followed by a 15 points and 11 boards effort at UC Irvine on Dec. 29.

UP NEXT
After SCSU, the Bears will hit the road for the next four games starting with a matchup against Norfolk State on Jan. 18 in Norfolk, Va.

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Morgan opens West Coast swing Friday at Cal-State Northridge

Posted on 26 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Friday, Dec. 27, 2013
Opponent: Cal-Northridge (7-5, 0-0 Big West)
Site: The Matadome, Northridge, Calif.
Game Time: 7:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: n/a
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (131-107 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (3-7) continues the 2013-14 campaign at California-Northridge (7-5) on Friday for the first of a three-game west coast swing. The trip will include matchups with Oregon (Dec. 29) and California-Irvine (Jan. 2). The Bears will enter the contest attempting to build upon its 85-74 non-conference win last week against High Point. Friday night’s contest will mark the first basketball meeting between the teams.

SCOUTING THE MATADORS
The Matadors welcomed back six veterans, including five starters, from a squad that posted a 14-17 overall record and went 5-13 in the Big West. Stephen Hicks leads the Matadors by averaging 18.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg and is shooting 56 percent (78-140) from the field.  Stephen Maxwell leads the Matadors on the boards (8.4 rpg) and in blocks and also averages 16.2 ppg. Senior guard Josh Greene is also averaging double figures (13.8 ppg) and leads the team averaging 2.1 assists per contest. Reggie Theus (California Coast ’02) enters his first season as Cal-Northridge’s head men’s basketball coach. Stephan Hicks scored 20 points while Josh Greene added 17 points and Stephen Maxwell collected 15 points to lead CSUN to a 79-69 win Saturday night against the Idaho Vandals. The Matadors collected a season-high 47 rebounds (compared to 33 for the opposition) and posted its fourth win in the last five outings.

MSU’S LAST TIME OUT
Dec. 18, 2013 – Justin Black scored 23 points to lead five Morgan State players in double figures as the Bears defeated High Point 85-74 on Wednesday night at Hill Field House. The Bears (3-7), led 43-36 at halftime and used a 13-2 run midway through the second half to help extend to their largest lead of 17 points, 72-55, with 9:22 left. The Panthers wouldn’t get closer than nine after that.
Black finished the game shooting 8-for-18 from the field and including a game-high six steals to go with three rebounds. Ian Chiles added 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. The Bears (3-7) hit 29 of 57 shots for 50.9 percent, outscoring the Panthers 46-18 in the paint. The Bears also collected 11 steals, six by Black, and scored 23 points off 19 High Point turnovers. Anthony Hubbard added 13 points and eight boards, while Blake Bozeman added 12 points and Shaquille Duncan had 10.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black has 982 points for his career and needs just 18 to join the 1,000 points club.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Cedric Blossom are both shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 10 games Chiles is shooting 55.8 pct. (58-104), while front court teammate Blossom is shooting .571 (28-49) from the floor.

CHILES STANDS TALL 
Redshirt senior Ian Chiles returns as one of the tallest centers in the state of Maryland. The 7-foot-2 senior averaged 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 1.7 bpg last season. The New Jersey native was also one of the most efficient low-post players in the league by shooting 53.5 percent from the field. “Big Slew” used the offseason to improve his strength and conditioning and is expected to be among the most dominant post players in the league. “Slew” is currently averaging 14.1 ppg and 5.9 rpg.

HOMECOMING
Morgan State has three players on the roster from California. Thair Heath and Hassante Manning are both from Los Angeles, while Rasean Simpson is from San Diego.

UP NEXT
After Cal-Northridge, the Bears will face Oregon (Dec. 29), followed by California-Irvine (Jan. 2).

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Morgan hosts Howard Saturday in MEAC opener

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
Opponent: Howard Bison (2-8, 0-0 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4 p.m. (ET)
LIVE Internet Stream: www.morganstatebears.com
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (129-107 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.HUBison.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (1-7) continues the 2013-14 campaign at home in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup against the Howard Bison on Saturday, December 7th at Hill Field House. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to bounce back from an 89-62 defeat against Maryland. Saturday night’s contest will mark the 101st basketball meeting between the teams. The Bears hold a 59-49 record against Howard since the series began in 1950-51. Tip-off at Hill Field House is scheduled for 4 p.m.

SCOUTING THE BiSON
The Bison welcomed back four veterans, including one starter, from a squad that posted a 6-24 overall record and went 4-12 in the MEAC. James Daniel leads the Bison by averaging 20.9 ppg and is shooting 37 percent (54-66) from beyond the arc. Prince Okoroh is the only other Bison who’s scoring in double-figures (14.4 ppg) and he also leads the team in rebounding (5.1 rpg). Oliver Ellison has chipped in 4.3 rpg and leads the Bison with 16 blocked shots thru 10 starts for the Bison. Kevin Nickleberry (Virginia Wesleyan ’86) enters his third season as Howard’s head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 9-32 record and is 108-134 overall. James Daniel and Marcel Boyd each scored 15 points, but it was not enough to overcome some poor shooting and several miscues as Howard fell 76-52 to American University in a non-conference men’s game at Bender Arena.The Bison (2-8) got off to a slow start and could not find any rhythm on offense as the Eagles (3-4) made sure that Howard’s two top scorers would not get off early.  PrinceOkoroh, who came into the game off a 40-point performance in the overtime loss to William and Mary, failed to get a field goal and was held to one free throw. Howard shot a season-low 19 percent and trailed, 36-13 at the half.

LAST TIME OUT VS. HOWARD
Feb. 11, 2013 — Morgan State redshirt-junior Ian Chiles scored 16 points and hit a pair of clutch free throws to help the Bears hold off Howard for a 53-51 victory Monday night at Burr Gymnasium. Chiles, a 7-foot-2 center, pulled down seven rebounds and had three blocked shots. His 16-point effort matched his career-high that he set at UNLV on November 20, 2011. Morgan State (8-12, 4-5) won the rebound battle 37-25 and outscored the Bison 30-10 in the paint. Junior Justin Black had 13 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Blake Bozeman had 11 points for the Bears. Howard trailed 26-25 early in the second half, but took a 39-32 lead with 13:14 left on Anton Dickerson’s 3-pointer. Chiles responded with a layup seconds later, and Morgan State ran off 11 consecutive points, including Black’s go-ahead tip-in with 6:54 remaining. The victory was Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman‘s 100th in the MEAC, the most by any Bears’ coach. The meeting was the 100th all-time between the schools.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black has 942 points for his career and needs just 58 to join the 1,000 points club.

CHILES STANDS TALL 
Redshirt senior Ian Chiles returns as one of the tallest centers in the state of Maryland. The 7-foot-2 senior averaged 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 1.7 bpg last season. The New Jersey native was also one of the most efficient low-post players in the league by shooting 53.5 percent from the field. “Big Slew” used the offseason to improve his strength and conditioning and is expected to be among the most dominant post players in the league. “Slew” is currently averaging 14.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg.

UP NEXT
After Howard, the Bears host non-conference opponent High Point on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m, followed by a 3-game west coast swing to face California-Northridge (Dec. 27), Oregon (Dec. 29) and California-Irvine (Jan. 2).

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Morgan opens Paradise Jam play Friday night against La Salle

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

 

THE OPPONENTS

La Salle enters the weekend leading the Atlantic 10 in assist/turnover ratio (1.7), second in offensive rebounds/game (14.8), third in free throw percentage (.752, and fifth in turnover margin (+3.25). Providence is off to a 4-0 start. Bryce Cotton leads the Friars at 20.0 ppg, followed by LaDonte Henton at 17.3 ppg. Vanderbilt is 2-1. Eric McClellan averages 20.0 ppg.

 

AFTER THE JAM

Following the Paradise Jam, the Bears will prepare to face the Maryland Terps at College Park on Friday, November 29. Tipoff at Comcast Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The last time the two teams met the Bears walked out of Comcast Center with a 66-65 victory over Maryland (1/7/09). It marked the Bears first ACC win in school in history. Morgan State will return home for its MEAC opener when they host the Howard Bison on Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m.

 

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

 

BEAR SCHEDULE

The Bears once again have an ambitious non-conference schedule this season. Morgan State’s non-conference schedule sends the Bears to Ohio State. Also highlighting the non-conference schedule will be home games vs. San Diego (Nov. 14) and Ohio (Nov. 20). The Bears will also participate in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam where they will open against La Salle on Nov. 22. Morgan State will also tip against local teams Towson on Nov. 12 and a Nov. 29 trip to College Park to face Maryland.The Bears will make another west coast swing this year this time to tip-off against Cal State-Northridge (Dec. 27), Oregon (Dec. 29) and California-Irvine on Jan. 2.
TIME TO IMPROVE THE D

» Morgan State will look to improve defensively. The Bears are allowing 79.2 points per game overall, and are just scoring just 62 points during the four-game losing streak. The Bears are holding opponents to just under 50 percent shooting (.478) from the floor this year, while shooting 37.4 percent (95-254) and 22.5 percent (16-71) from beyond the arc.

 

SNAPPING THE STREAK
The Bears will be in search of its first win of the 2013-14 season. Morgan State has started the season by dropping its first four contests and has not posted a win since defeating Bethune-Cookman 82-71 in the Semi-finals of the MEAC Tournament at The Scope Arena on March 15, 2013.

 

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL

Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

 

TRI-CAPTAINS

Seniors Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard return with experience and are expected to lead the squad as team captains for the Bears this season. All three saw significat action as starters for Morgan State last year. There are three (3) juniors, four (4)  sophomores and three (3) freshmen on the 2013-14 Bears roster.

JB PRODUCTION
Senior guard Justin Black has been one of the most consistent players for Todd Bozeman‘s Bears. Last season, the 6-foot-2 guard, was among the MEAC’s leading scorers a season ago (14.2 ppg – No. 5) and  scored double-figures 24 of 32 games, including 18 of the last 22 contests. The Dunbar HS product  scored 20 or more points eight times last season, and posted a season-high 23 points at Coppin State on Feb. 9, 2013. Black will enter the Paradise Jam averaging 20 points thru the Bears first first games, including a  career-high 28-point performance at Towson.

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Morgan set to welcome Ohio University to Hill Field House Wednesday

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
Opponent: Ohio Bobcats (2-1)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Maryland
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (128-103 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State continues the 2013-14 campaign at home against the Bobcats of Ohio University.  It will mark the second basketball meeting between the teams. The Bobcats posted a 61-53 win during the teams first meeting in Athens (OH) on Dec. 3, 2011. Tip-off at Hill Field House is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
The Bobcats welcomed back eight veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 24-10 overall record, finished captured in the Mid-American Conference title with a 14-2 ledger. Ohio guards Nick Kellogg (4.7 rpg) along with Maurice Ndour (6.7 rpg)  are the Bobcats’  leading scorers averaging 17.7 points apiece. Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ’88) enters his second season as Ohio’s head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 26-11 record and is 92-31 overall.  Maurice Ndour recorded career-bests in points (23), blocks (5) and steals (4) while adding six rebounds to lead Ohio to a 76-72 home win over Valparaiso inside the Convocation Center. Ohio forced 19 turnovers aided by 12 steals and scored 25 points off of those turnovers in the contest.

LAST TIME VS THE BOBCATS
Dec. 3, 2011 — The Morgan State Bears gave it their all, but were unable to pull out the victory and lost to the Ohio Bobcats 61-53 on Saturday at the OU Convocation Center. This one was in doubt until the final minute. Morgan State held a two-point lead following a technical foul call against OU head coach with under 5 minutes to play before the Bobcats made a final push. Ivo Baltic hit baseline layup, and made a reverse layup that gave Ohio a 54-51 lead with 3:27 left. MSU point guard Larry Bastfield split a pair of free throws to pull the Bears to cut it to 54-52, but a long 3-point miss by DeWayne Jackson led to a fastbreak and a basket on the other end by Baltic. The Bobcats salted the game away from the free throw line to help improve their home record to 4-0 this season.

BEARS SET FOR PARADISE JAM
Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

COMFORTABLE AT HILL FIELD HOUSE
Todd Bozeman has won at least 10 home games in three of his seven seasons in Baltimore. The 2007-08 (12-1) and 2009-10 (11-1) squads finished with just a single loss, while the 2010-11 squad went 10-2. Bozeman has led the Bears to a 59-22 overall home record at Hill Field House.
Bozeman Era Home Records (59-22)
2006-07            9-4
2007-08            12-1
2008-09            8-2
2009-10            11-1
2010-11            10-2
2011-12            4-7
2012-13            5-4
2013-14            0-1

JB PRODUCTION
Senior guard Justin Black has been one of the most consistent players for Todd Bozeman‘s Bears. Last season, the 6-foot-2 guard, was among the MEAC’s leading scorers a season ago (14.2 ppg – No. 5) and  scored double-figures 24 of 32 games, including 18 of the last 22 contests. The Dunbar HS product  scored 20 or more points eight times last season, and posted a season-high 23 points at Coppin State on Feb. 9, 2013. Black will enter the Ohio contest averaging 21 points thru the Bears first three games, including a  career-high 28-point performance at Towson.

UP NEXT
Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.

The 2013-2014 basketball tickets are now available for sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the MSU box office, and Murphy Fine Arts box office.

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Morgan faces San Diego in hope opener Thursday night

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Opponent: San Diego Toreros (2-0)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Maryland
Game Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (128-102 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State continues the 2013-14 campaign on the road against the Toreros of the University of San Diego. It will mark the second basketball meeting between the teams. The Toreros posted a 66-63 win in San Diego during the teams meeting last season. Tip-off at Hill Field House is scheduled for 7 p.m.

SCOUTING THE TOREROS
The Toreros welcomed back six veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted a 16-18 overall record, finished 5th in the West Coast Conference with a 7-9 ledger. WCC Honorable mention guards Johnny Dee (15.0 ppg) along with Christopher Anderson (9.4 ppg) return as the Toreros leading scorers. Bill Grier (Oregon, ’90) enters his seventh season as the Toreros’ head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 86-111 record.  Johnny Dee scored 17 points and hit three 3-pointers last Saturday night to lead San Diego to a 70-59 win over Grand Canyon. San Diego had four players score in double figures. Dennis Kramer had 14 points and Christopher Anderson added 13. Both players had six rebounds. Duda Sanadze made two 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.

LAST TIME VS THE TOREROS
Dec. 30, 2012 — Johnny Dee scored 24 points, Chris Manresa had 10 points and 13 rebounds and San Diego hit a few free throws down the stretch to seal a 66-63 victory over Morgan State on Saturday night. San Diego (7-8) was 11 of 28 from the free-throw line up until the last few seconds when Dee was a perfect 4 for 4. Dee hit his first pair of free throws to make it 64-60 with 13 seconds to go but on the ensuing possession for Morgan State, DeWayne Jackson hit a 3-pointer to cut the Toreros’ lead to one, 64-63. Dee was fouled again with 6 seconds left and calmly hit two more free throws, giving his team a 66-63 lead and the win. Miles Cameron had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists for San Diego. Justin Black led Morgan State (3-7) with 16 points, Anthony Hubbard had 12 and Jackson had 11.

BEARS SET FOR PARADISE JAM
Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

JB PRODUCTION
Senior guard Justin Black has been one of the most consistent players for Todd Bozeman‘s Bears. last season, the 6-foot-2 guard, was among the MEAC’s leading scorers (14.2 ppg – No. 5) and  scored double-figures 24 of 32 games, including 18 of the last 22 contests. The Dunbar HS product scored 20 or more points eight times last season, and posted a season-high 23 points at Coppin State on Feb. 9, 2013. Black will enter the San Diego contest fresh off a career-high 28-point (10-17 FG) performance at Towson.

UP NEXT
The Bears will host the Ohio University at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Hill Field House.

The 2013-2014 basketball tickets are now available for sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the MSU box office, and Murphy Fine Arts box office.

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Morgan looks for first win Tuesday night at Towson

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
Opponent: Towson Tigers (1-0)
Site: SECU Arena, Towson, Maryland
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (128-101 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.TowsonTigers.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State continues the 2013-14 campaign on the road against the Towson Tigers. It will mark the 25th basketball meeting between the teams. The Bears have won 3 of the last 4 meetings. Tip-off at SECU Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Buckeyes welcomed back eight veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 18-13 overall record, finished T-2nd in the CAA with a 13-5 ledger. Reigning CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon (17.1 ppg) along with Marcus Damas (11.4 ppg) return as the Tigers leading scorers. Pat Skerry (Tufts, ’92) enters his third season as the Tigers’ head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 20-44 record. Senior Mike Burwell scored 13 points and had eight rebounds and three assists to lead Towson to a 72-45 rout of Navy in a season opener last Friday night. Other top Towson scorers included Rafriel Guthrie who scored 16 points from the bench and Four McGlynn who hit 5-of-7 three-pointers for a total of 15 points. Jerrelle Benimon led the Tigers with 17 rebounds.

LAST TIME VS THE TIGERS
December 22, 2009 — Morgan State overcame an early 13-point deficit and withstood a late charge knockoff Towson 87-80 at Hill Field House. Sophomore Kevin Thompson had a stellar performance for the Bears and finished with career-highs of 23 points and 25 rebounds, who improved its record to 7-4 overall and 27-5 at home under coach Todd Bozeman. Reggie Holmes, who entered the night ranked second in the nation in scoring (25.1 ppg), finished with 20 after scoring just four in the first half. Down by double-digits, the Tigers rallied late, getting to within two when Troy Franklin stripped Danny Smith near midcourt and converted at the other end with 55 seconds left. But the Bears then closed it out when Thompson grabbed a strong rebound to start a fast break, which ended with Jackson’s dunk and three-point play.

BEARS SET FOR PARADISE JAM
Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

ROAD WARRIORS
This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 14 games, including a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears finished 8-9 on the road last season, including a 3-6 mark against non-conference opponents.

UP NEXT
The Bears will host the University of San Diego at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Hill Field House.

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