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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, Coppin tangle Friday night with MEAC title game berth at stake

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Friday, March 14, 2014
Opponent: No. 7 Coppin State Eagles
Site: The Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 8 p.m.
Record:  MSU 14-15 (11-5 MEAC)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (142-115 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. – Scoring its third win in four games, No. 3 seed Morgan State (14-15) advanced to the semifinal round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament for the seventh time in eight seasons after taking down No. 6 seed Florida A&M, 81-68, last night. The win avenged an earlier 78-73 loss (3/3) to the Rattlers on Senior Night at Hill Field House. The Bears tip-off against No. 7 seed Coppin State (12-19) at 8 p.m. and will be attempting to punch its ticket to the MEAC Championship title game.

Morgan State, 13-15 overall, finished tied for third in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with Norfolk State at 11-5 but earned the number three seed based on the conference’s tiebreaker system.

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

Morgan State capped the regular season with a 68-66 overtime win over Howard at Burr Gymnasium to garner the No. 3 seed. Although the Bears have won five of its last seven games, now everyone is zero and zero again when teams take the floor at the Norfolk Scope Arena.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS & LIVE STREAM
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 has made five championship appearances 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 16 of the school’s 31 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).

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

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SCOUTING COPPIN STATE
Coppin State, 12-19 overall, finished 7-9 in the MEAC and earned the number seven seed. The Eagles advanced to the semifinals as a result of defeating No. 10 seed Bethune-Cookman, 75-68, in the opening round of the MEAC, followed by an upset victory agianst No. 2 seed Hampton, 83-77, on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals. Coppin State is a riding a 3-game winning streak when they enter tonight’s showdown with crosstown rival No. 3 seed Morgan State.

WE MEET AGAIN
The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Eagles for the 78th meeting between the two. Coppin State holds a 51-26 advantage, however the Bears have won the last five meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 14-4 record against the Eagles since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006. His teams also hold a 1-1 record versus Coppin State in MEAC Tournament play … losing to the Eagles 62-60 in the 2008 Championship title game, and defeating the Eagles 75-67 in the 2009 Semifinals.

LAST TIME VS. THE EAGLES
February 20, 2014 — The Morgan State Bears were able to overcome a rough first half with some intense defense to defeat cross-town rival Coppin State Eagles 78-69 In front of a sold out crowd at Hill Field House. Justin Black led Morgan State (11-13, 9-3 MEAC) with 22 points and 10 assists and was one of five Bears to score in double figures on the night. Michael Murray led Coppin with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the effort.

NEXT UP: If Morgan State wins, they will advance to the finals on Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m. and live on ESPNU. The Bears will take on the winner of Thursday night’s game (6 p.m.) between No. 1 North Carolina Central and No. 4 Norfolk State. It would mark the sixth appearance in the Finals in the last eight seasons.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 29 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.9 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.2 points per game (No. 9 in MEAC), while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.7 points and leads the squad averaging 6.8 rpg (No. 9).

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 kept up his scoring average with 15 points and moved up to No. 22 on Morgan State’s all-time scoring list with 1,010 career points. He is only 10 points shy of becoming the school’s No. 21 leading scorer held currently by Randy Hampton (1,019 pts / 1984-88).

VETERANS HUNGRY FOR THE ‘SHIP 
Seniors Justin Black and Ian Chiles are attempting to advance to the third MEAC Final 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.

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT
Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.0 – ranked No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.4 – No. 9). Morgan State also ranked No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 6.5 steals per game.

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

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Morgan faces Florida A&M Thursday in MEAC Tournament quarterfinals

Posted on 12 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Opponent: No. 6 Florida A&M
Site: The Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 6 p.m.
Live Stream/Live Stats: www.meachoops.com
In-game Twitter Updates: @morganstbears.com
Record:  MSU 13-15 (11-5 MEAC)
Last MSU Win: 68-66 OT (A) March 6, 2014
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (141-115 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. – Morgan State carries the No. 3 seed as the Bears begin their quest for the 2014 MEAC Tournament championship this week at The Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. Morgan State will begin tournament play Thursday at 6 p.m. against No. 6 Florida A&M.

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

Morgan State capped the regular season with a 68-66 overtime win over Howard at Burr Gymnasium to garner the No. 3 seed. Although the Bears have won five of its last seven games, now everyone is zero and zero again when teams take the floor at the Norfolk Scope Arena.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS & LIVE STREAM
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 has made five championship appearances under Coach Bozeman.

• Todd Bozeman has led Morgan State to 15 of the school’s 30 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).

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

FOR THE RECORD: Morgan State trails Florida A&M 33-20 in their series meetings, and Todd Bozeman holds a 6-4 record against the Rattlers since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.

SCOUTING FLORIDA A&M
Florida A&M, 13-17 overall, finished 8-8 in the MEAC and earned the number six seed. The Rattlers enter the tournament having won five straight games (including a 78-73 win against the Bears in Baltimore), before losing 70-68 in the regular season finale against Bethune-Cookman.

LAST TIME VS. THE RATTLERS
March 3, 2014 — Jamie Adams scored 23 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, to lift Florida A&M to a 78-73 victory over Morgan State on Senior Night at Hill Field House. After a tight game featuring several lead changes, clinched the win with Adams’ 3 that made it 74-72 with 1:39 to play, then padded the advantage down the stretch. Anthony Hubbard led the Bears with 20 points, Ian Chiles had 18 and Shaquille Duncan 10 and nine rebounds. Justin Black, the MEAC’s No. 3 leading scorer (18.8 ppg), was held to nine points.

NEXT UPIf Morgan State wins, they will advance to the semifinals on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m. The Bears will take on the winner of Wednesday’s game (6 p.m.) between No. 2 Hampton and the winner between No. 7 Coppin State/No. 10 Bethune-Cookman.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 28 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.5 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.2 points per game (No. 9 in MEAC), while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.8 points and leads the squad averaging 6.6 rpg (No. 9).

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 currently has 1,321 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT
MSU is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 16 conference games, MSU ranked 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 – ranked No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.4 – No. 8). Morgan State ranked No. 6 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 28 games Chiles is shooting 55.4 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.7 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.427).

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 averaging 3.0 rejections per contest (84) and now has 183 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 75 offensive rebounds thru the first 28 games. The sophomore has started in 27 of 28 games and is averaging 7.0 ppg, 5.4 rebounds in 23.5 minutes. He had a sensational game at UMES (Feb. 17) where he posted a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds — and has recorded three double-doubles during his career.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
During the 16 conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 668 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 504 points. In the blowout of Howard (12/7), the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Coppin State (2/10), the trio accounted for 61 of the Bears’ 82 points with Black and Chiles leading the way with 23 apiece. The trio has totaled 1,247 of the team’s 1,993 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Morgan announces 2014 football schedule

Posted on 12 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. –  The Morgan State Bears 2014 football schedule features a 12-game slate, four games in Hughes Stadium, an NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent and a return to the New York Urban League Whitney Young Classic.

“We’re excited about our schedule,” said first-year MSU head coach Lee Hull. “Our first opponent is FBS opponent Eastern Michigan, and I’m excited about returning to compete against my alma mater Holy Cross where I played football.”

“We’ll also have a great opportunity to showcase our team on the national level when we play our rivals [Howard] in the Whitney Young Classic.”

“This is my first season and I’m excited about competing for a MEAC championship.”

The Bears non-conference opponents in 2014 are Eastern Michigan, Holy Cross, Bowie State and Villanova. The Bears will not play Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champion defending champion Bethune-Cookman in the regular season.

MSU will open its 2014 slate with a Saturday night road game on Aug. 30 against Chris Creighton’s Eastern Michigan team, marking the first meeting between the teams.

The Bears next travel to Worcester, Mass., on Sept. 1 to take on Hull’s alma mater, the Holy Cross Crusaders.

MSU welcomes Bowie State for the Bears’ home-opener at Hughes Stadium on Sept. 13.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to play against Bowie State,” said Hull. “It will be a great game for the region and the state of Maryland.”

MSU then begins MEAC play with the first of three road trips starting with a clash versus Howard at the Whitney Young Classic at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 20.  After facing the Bison, MSU will travel to take on Norfolk State on Sept. 27, followed by its first trip to Tallahassee in four years to square-off against the Florida A&M Rattlers on Oct. 4.

MSU returns to Hughes Stadium to play North Carolina Central on Oct. 18 for Homecoming.

The Bears next travel to CAA member Villanova on Oct. 25 for its first meeting with head coach Andy Talley’s Wildcats. The game is followed by a pair of road contests at Hampton on Nov. 1, and at North Carolina A&T on Nov. 8.

Morgan State concludes its regular season by hosting South Carolina State on Nov. 15 and Delaware State on Nov. 22.

Game times and television plans for Morgan State’s 2014 games will be announced at a later date.

The Bears are coming off a 5-7 season, and posted a 5-3 record in the MEAC.

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Gannon, Gregoire help UMBC race past Mercer

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC outscored visiting Mercer, 7-0, in the third quarter and the Retrievers went on to defeat the Bears, 15-6, at UMBC Stadium.

Five Retrievers posted three or more points – led by four points on two goals and two assists by sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North). Attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) was the lone UMBC player to tally three goals and the senior continues to lead the squad with 13 scores in five games.

UMBC won its third game in the last four outings and improved to 3-2 on the season, while Mercer slipped to 2-3.

With the host Retrievers holding a narrow 4-2 halftime edge, Gannon scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season in a span of 2:30 in the first five minutes of the third quarter. UMBC would add five more goals in the period – all by different scorers – and held Mercer scoreless for over 27 minutes until they stopped the surge on a goal 35 seconds in the fourth quarter.

UMBC outshot Mercer, 16-1, in the third period, and 49-28 for the contest. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made 10 saves and allowed six goals in 54:14 of work. Gordon, who entered play sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game, has 10 or more saves in all five outings in 2014. Mercer sophomore netminder Mike Nugent amassed 14 saves against a season-high total of shots by the Retrievers.

Mercer attackmen James Tautkus and Zack Ward led the visitors with three goals each.

Gregoire got the scoring underway for UMBC with an unassisted score just 1:41 into the contest. The Retrievers led, 3-1, after 15 minutes, but the pace slowed in the second quarter as the teams went scoreless for the final 10:45 of the stanza.

Senior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s), junior midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) and freshman attackman Grant Searfoss(Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) all tallied two goals and an assist for the Retrievers.

UMBC entered the game averaging 15 turnovers per contest, but suffered only eight give-aways in the game, with just four occurring in the first 45 minutes. The Retrievers cleared successfully 15-of-16 times in the contest.

UMBC hits the road for three consecutive games, beginning with a March 15 contest at High Point.

Notes: UMBC went 3-1 on the homestand…. Gannon now has six goals and four assists in his last three games… Searfoss played in just his second game of the season and scored his first three collegiate points versus the Bears… The 15 goals scored by UMBC was a season high… Gregoire now has nine career hat tricks, including three in his last four games.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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UMBC hopes to bounce back Tuesday against Mercer

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Mercer on Tuesday Evening

SET THE SCENE: UMBC plays its first of two evening, mid-week games of the 2014 season on Tuesday, March 11, when they host the Mercer Bears at UMBC Stadium. Both teams are 2-2 on the season and both have defeated one common opponent, Richmond. The two squads have never met on the lacrosse field, as Mercer is competing in its fourth NCAA Division I campaign. Kevin O’Neill has all the play-by-play action beginning at 7:25 p.m. and video streaming is available via the America East digital network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Fueled by sophomore midfielder Pat Young, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team rallied from six goals down to pull within one twice, but could not get over the top, falling to No. 3 Johns Hopkins, 15-8, Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium. Young scored four goals and added an assist in the contest and red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon made 16 saves, but JHU outscored UMBC, 6-0, in the final 15 minutes to pull away.  Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game and is 11th in save percentage at 58.7%. R A Matt Gregoire continues to lead the Retrievers in scoring with 10 goals and 11 total points. Young, who scored four goals and added an assist versus Hopkins, is now just behind with seven goals and three helpers. SO M Jack Gannon, who scored a career-best four points (2g, 2a) versus Hopkins, and Young are the only Retrievers with points in all four games to date.

BEAR UPDATE: Mercer is 2-2 on the season and has not played a game versus NCAA Division I competition since an 11-7 victory in an Atlantic Sun match against Richmond on Feb. 22. The Bears opened the season with a 17-6 victory over Boston U., and then dropped road contests at Michigan (20-7) and Detroit (11-10).  Mercer scored five fourth quarter goals to book a historic 11-7 win over Richmond in the first official Atlantic Sun Conference lacrosse game in Macon, Ga. Eight different Mercer players found the net in the win, led by senior attackman Zack Ward‘s three goal effort. Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Nugent faced 24 shots on goal and made 17 saves in the win to improve to 2-2 on the season. Ward has scored 13 goals and has 17 total points to lead Mercer in both categories. Sophomore attackman Chris Baxa has scored nine goals in support of Ward.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC is in the midst of a stretch where they play five times in 15 days. They head to North Carolina on Friday for a Saturday contest at High Point. The opening face-off is set for noon.

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Morgan’s Black, Chiles; Coppin’s Murray named first team All-MEAC

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. - North Carolina Central senior guard Jeremy Ingram was named the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year as announced by the conference on Monday.  Howard’s James Daniel was selected as Rookie of the Year and Hampton’s Du’Vaughn Maxwell garnered the Defensive Player of the Year honor.  North Carolina Central Head Coach Levelle Moton was named the MEAC Coach of the Year.

All awards are voted on by the conference’s head men’s basketball coaches and sports information directors.

Ingram averaged 20.2 points and 3.8 rebounds to lead the Eagles to a 15-1 conference mark and a regular season MEAC Championship. The Charlotte native scored at least 20 points in 16-of-30 games this season. Ingram, who earned MEAC Player of the Week four times, tallied 113 rebounds, 35 assists, 21 blocks, and 50 steals this season. He also added a season-high 38 points against Savannah State.

Daniel led the MEAC in scoring at 21.7 points, while shooting 40-percent from three on the season. Daniel recorded double figures in scoring in all 26 games this season and notched a career-high 38 points in against Hampton. Daniel garnered MEAC Rookie of the Week honors eight times.

Maxwell led the Pirates offense by scoring 14.9 points. Defensively, Maxwell registered 218 total rebounds (7.4 per game) and reached double figures in scoring 26 times and double-digit rebounds seven times. A two-time MEAC Player of the Week and six-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Week honoree, Maxwell finished with six double-doubles, including 20 points and 10 rebounds against Winthrop.

Moton earned the Coach of the Year after leading the NCCU Eagles to a 15-1 record in conference play and its first regular-season MEAC title. Moton also guided North Carolina Central to a 25-5 mark, including a win over N.C. State.

Ingram is joined on the 2014 All-MEAC First Team by Morgan State’s Ian Chiles and Justin Black, Coppin State’s Michael Murray, and Hampton’s Du’Vaughn Maxwell.

North Carolina Central clinched the MEAC regular season title with a 64-57 win over Savannah State. The Eagles will enter the tournament as the number one seed and will face the winner of the No.8 Howard vs. No. 9 North Carolina A&T matchup on Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m.

The 2014 regular season champion, regular season runners-up, first-team members and top honorees including Player, Rookie, Defensive and Coach of the Year selections will be recognized in pre-game presentations prior to their first games of the 2014 MEAC Basketball Tournament. Tournament play tips off March 10-15 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.

 

Coach of the Year: Levelle Morton, North Carolina Central University
Player of the Year: Jeremy Ingram, North Carolina Central University
Rookie of the Year: James Daniel, Howard University
Defensive Player of the Year:  Du’Vaughn Maxwell, Hampton University

 

FIRST TEAM

Name School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown
Jeremy Ingram North Carolina Central G 6-3 Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
Justin Black Morgan State G 6-2 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
Michael Murray Coppin State F 6-5 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
Du’Vaughn Maxwell Hampton F 6-7 Sr. Manhattan, N.Y.
Ian Chiles Morgan State C 7-2 Sr. Cliffside Park, N.J.

SECOND TEAM

Name School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown
Pendarvis Williams Norfolk State G 6-6 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa.
Jamie Adams Florida A&M G 5-10 Sr. Chicago, Ill.
Malcolm Hawkins Norfolk State F 6-5 Sr. Norfolk, Va.
Kendall Gray Delaware State F 6-10 Jr. Dover, Del.
Matthew Hezekiah South Carolina State C 6-11 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.

THIRD TEAM

Name School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown
Emanuel Chapman North Carolina Central G 6-1 Sr. Raleigh, N.C.
James Daniel Howard G 5-11 Fr. Hampton, Va.
Lamont Middleton North Carolina A&T G 6-3 Sr. Bronx, N.Y.
Jyles Smith* Savannah State F 6-8 Sr. Fairburn, Ga.
Troy Snyder* Maryland E. Shore F 6-6 Sr. Chicago, Ill.
Brandon Goode Norfolk State C 7-0 Sr. Bronx, N.Y.

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Name School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown
James Daniel Howard G 5-11 Fr. Hampton, Va.
Hakeem Baxter Maryland E. Shore G 6-2 Fr. Philadelphia, Pa.
Clemmye Owens Bethune-Cookman G 6-1 Fr. Toledo, Ohio
DeAndre Haywood Delaware State G 6-2 Fr. Paterson, N.J.
Jeremiah Hill Savannah State G 6-1 Fr. Richmond Hill, Ga.

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Morgan visits Howard Thursday in regular season finale

Posted on 05 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Opponent: Howard Bison (7-23, 5-10 MEAC)
Site: Burr Gymnasium, Washington, D.C.
Game Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (140-115 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Morgan State Bears (12-15, 10-5 MEAC) will look to sweep its season series with Howard (7-23, 5-10 MEAC) on Thursday when it takes on the Bison in an 8 p.m. game at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C. The Bears will attempt to bounce back from a 78-73 home loss to Florida A&M. The game will mark the regular season finale for both teams.

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 22.0 ppg and is shooting 41 percent (87-209) from beyond the arc. Prince Okoroh is the only other Bison who’s scoring in double-figures (14.3 ppg) and he also leads the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg). Oliver Ellison has chipped in 4.6 rpg and leads the Bison with 30 blocked shots thru 30 games. Kevin Nickleberry (Virginia Wesleyan ’86) enters his third season as Howard’s head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 14-47 record and is 113-150 overall.

Coppin State used a three-point barrage to shoot down Howard, 86-69 on Monday night in Baltimore. The Eagles set the tone early as Andre Armstrong led the way with 14 points that included four of eight from the three-point line.  Michael Murray complemented Armstrong with 11 points on medium-range shots as Coppin led 36-28 at the half. The Bison got 10 points Prince Okoroh in the first 20 minutes, but they missed the presence of leading scorer James Daniel, who was forced to sit 11 minutes after picking up his second foul.  With Daniel on the bench, the Bison turned the ball over 13 times and Coppin State accepted the gifts by converting them into 13 points.

LAST TIME VS. THE BISON
BALTIMORE (December 7, 2013) – Justin Black scored 17 points and led five teammates in double-figures as Morgan State won its conference home opener against Howard University 87-58 on Saturday at Hill Field House. Howard (2-9, 0-1) and Morgan State opened Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play and also celebrated their 101st meeting.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Bison for the 102nd meeting between the two. The Bears hold a 60-49 record against Howard since the series began in 1950-51. Todd Bozeman holds a 10-1 record against the Bison since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006 … his one loss was on Feb. 6, 2012 when Howard left Hill Field House with a 54-46 victory.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 27 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.5 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.5 points per game (No. 9 in MEAC), while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.7 points and leads the squad averaging 6.6 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 Jason McCoy (1,292 pts – 1987-91) as the school’s No. 13 leading scorer and currently has 1,301 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT
MSU is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 15 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. 8). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 6.5 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 27 games Chiles is shooting 55.9 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.7 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.429).

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. 3 in the MEAC averaging 2.9 rejections per contest (80) and now has 179 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 71 offensive rebounds thru the first 27 games. The sophomore has started in 26 of 27 games and is averaging 7.0 ppg, 5.3 rebounds in 23.3 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.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
In the first 15 conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 627 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 477 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Coppin State, the trio accounted for 61 of the Bears’ 82 points with Black and Chiles leading the way with 23 apiece. The trio has totaled 1,206 of the team’s 1,925 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Morgan announces Spring football game set for April 26

Posted on 05 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Head coach Lee Hull and staff will take to the practice fields with their players for the first time Tuesday, March 18 at approximately 3:30 p.m. for the official start of the 2014 Morgan State football spring drills.

The 2014 springs drills – 15 practices, including the Blue-Orange Spring Game April 26 – kick off a couple of historic notes for the football program, which will play its 106th season this fall:

1.  The practices will mark the first opportunity for Hull and his staff to work on drills and skills after seeing only conditioning and training exercises since Hull took sole leadership of the program Jan. 9; and
2.  Spring drills will also signify the start of Morgan State’s 38th season of football in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The drills will additionally give the Bears players an opportunity to see, hear and feel football on the fields under their new coach.

“Spring ball will be very competitive,” said Morgan State head coach Lee Hull. “We are looking to find out who our playmakers are at every position.”

“I expect the players to be very focused, enthusiastic and hard working. This is a very exciting time for the Morgan State football program.”

What Hull will, or will not see in terms of numbers when he assembles his 84 players on the practice fields this spring will be:

+ A senior class comprised of 13 individuals;
+ 73 lettermen returning off the 2013 team (39 on offense, 31 on defense and 3 specialists)
+ 16 departed lettermen (10 on offense, 6 on defense and 0 specialists);
+12 returning starters, including six on defense (LB Cody Acker, LB Christopher Robinson, LB Bill Hill, DB Deshaun Summers, S Paul Eatman, DL Heleiance Gates, six on offense (QB Seth Higgins, RB Lamont Brown III, WR Antonio Jefferson, OL Daniel Onwuegbu, OL Darren Pinnock, FB Dionte Holland).
+ The return of both kickers – P Lawrence Forbes – PK Chris Moller and long snapper Willie Gillus
+ Eight departed starters, including offensive lineman Karim Barton, wideout Chris Flowers, wideout Tubotein Taylor. Cornerback Joe Rankin, defensive lineman Lucson Noel, linebacker Stephen Blissett, free safety Darien Irby, cornerback Lafredo Brady
+ The 2014 recruiting class is comprised of 10 true freshmen

PRACTICE DATES, TICKETS & MORE

Practice Dates: The Bears will practice on the following dates:
March 18, 20, 22
April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26.

Spring Game: Saturday, April 26, 2014

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