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Morgan welcomes Hampton Monday for nationally televised contest

Posted on 02 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Opponent: Hampton Pirates (11-10, 6-2 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7 p.m. EST
Television: ESPNU
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (135-112 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.DSUHornets.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State looks to remain in the race for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season crown as it welcomes Hampton to Hill Field House. While the game is not for first place, the winner will have a leg up on the competition. This will be the second meeting of the regular season between the Bears and Pirates. Tip-off is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. The game will be an ‘Orange Out’ as MSU fans are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing orange to the contest.

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
The Pirates welcomed back eight veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 14-17 overall record, and finished third place in the MEAC with an 11-5 record. Du’Vaughn Maxwell (14.8 ppg) and Deron Powers (11.0 ppg) lead the Pirates in scoring. Du’Vaughn also controls the boards for the Pirates by averaging 6.7 rpg to go along with 65 blocks (3.3) on the season. Edward “Buck” Joyner, Jr. enters his fifth season as the Pirates’ head coach where he currently holds a 75-75 record. The Hampton University men’s basketball team needed five more minutes than expected, but still remained unbeaten on the road in MEAC play with a 79-76 overtime win over Coppin State Saturday evening at the Physical Education Complex. Jervon Pressley led four Pirates in double figures with a season-high 16 points to help the Pirates extend to a 3-game winning streak.

COMFORTABLE AT HILL FIELD HOUSE
Todd Bozeman has won at least 10 home games in three of his six 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 63-23 (.732) overall home record at  Hill Field House.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 19 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.4 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.2 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.9 points and leads the squad averaging 6.5 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 1,150 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT

Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through seven conference games, MSU is averaging 74.3 points per game, ranking second in the MEAC, including 13.4 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint against Hampton (1/20).

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 (1.7 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 4 in the MEAC by averaging 7.3 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 19 games Chiles is shooting 55.4 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.5 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 51.0 pct from the floor (Ranks No. 9). The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 4 in field goal percentage (.419).

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. 4 in the MEAC averaging 2.7 rejections per contest (52) and now has 151 career blocks.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first seven conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 310 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 232 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Delaware State, the trio accounted for 45 of the Bears’ 77 points with Ian Chiles leading the way with 24. The trio has totaled 844 of the team’s 1,217 points, 69 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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UMBC pays visit to Maine Saturday afternoon

Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC Retrievers (7-14, 3-5) will try to extend their winning streak to three when they travel to meet the Maine Black Bears (4-16, 2-6) at Cross Insurance Center on Saturday, Feb. 1 for a 2:00 tip-off. Both teams are coming off road victories on Wednesday. UMBC won a tight battle, 79-76,  in the first meeting on Jan. 11. Live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC snapped a 14-game road losing streak with a 73-61 victory at Binghamton on Wednesday. The Retrievers shot 50 percent (22-of-44) from the floor and got huge performances from guards Rodney Elliott (14 pts.-11 reb.-8 ast.) and Quentin Jones (career high 16 points) and post Brett Roseboro (14 pts./12 rebounds). Elliott leads the squad with 13.9 points per outing.

BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine snapped a six-game losing streak with a 68-60 victory at rival UNH on Wednesday.  The Black Bears outscored their hosts, 33-25, in the second half to prevail. SR G Xavier Pollard led UM with 20 points in the game and he added five steals. Pollard leads Maine and is second in America East with 15.5 points per game. Maine is second in America East in scoring (73.2 ppg), but last in  scoring defense (83.8 ppg).

Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers start their second three-game America East homestand of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 5 when they welcome UNH to the RAC Arena.

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Morgan returns home to face Delaware State Saturday

Posted on 31 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Opponent: Delaware State Hornets (4-15, 0-6 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (134-112 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State returns to action with a pair of home games. The Bears will tip-off against the Delaware State Hornets on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. , before an ESPNU televised rematch with the Hampton Pirates on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Both games will be an ‘Orange Out’ as MSU fans are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing orange to the contest.

SCOUTING THE HORNETS
The Hornets welcomed back 10 veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted a 15-18 overall record, and finished eighth place in the MEAC with an  8-8 record. The Hornets have three players averaging double-digit scoring. Casey Walker leads the squad averaging 12.5 ppg, followed by Tyshawn Bell (11.3 ppg) and  Kendall Gray (11.1 ppg). Gray is among the league leaders in rebounding (Ranked No. 3) by averaging 7.0 rpg.  Greg Jackson (St. Paul’s ’80) enters his 14th season as the Hornets’ head coach where he currently holds a 200-216 record.  Jake Duncan scored 19 points, including the 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime, as New Jersey Institute of Technology came from behind to edge Delaware State 65-59 on Monday. Trailing most of the game, NJIT tied it up in the final minutes with a 13-6 run capped by Duncan’s 3-pointer that made it 49-all at end of regulation. The Highlanders then scored five unanswered points in the first 2 minutes of OT to take their first lead of the game.

COMFORTABLE AT HILL FIELD HOUSE
Todd Bozeman has won at least 10 home games in three of his six 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 62-23 (.729) overall home record at  Hill Field House.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 18 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.7 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 14.7 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.1 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 1,136 career points.

THREES & FREES

The Bears currently rank last (13th) in the MEAC in three-pointers made (4.6 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 (252-426 – .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 (1.7 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 2 in the MEAC by averaging 7.4 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 18 games Chiles is shooting 55.5 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.1 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 51.8 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 2.8 rejections per contest and now has 149 career blocks.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first six conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 265 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 181 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 799 of the team’s 1,185 points, 67 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Morgan wraps road trip Monday at NC Central

Posted on 26 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Opponent: North Carolina Central (13-5, 4-1 MEAC)
Site: McDougald-McLendon Gym, Durham, N.C.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (134-111 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.NCCUEaglePride.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (6-11, 4-1 MEAC) will travel to Durham, N.C. to take on North Carolina Central on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.  The Eagles (13-5, 4-1 MEAC) rolled past Coppin State 87-63 at home on Saturday and is currently riding a 5-game winning streak. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to bounce back from a disappointing 88-87 overtime loss at N.C. A&T.SCOUTING THE EAGLES

The Eagles welcomed back seven veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 22-9 overall record, and finished second place in the MEAC with an impressive 15-1 record. Jeremy Ingram (19.6 ppg) and Alfonzo Houston (10.6 ppg) lead the Eagles in scoring. Ingram not only leads the MEAC in scoring, but he also ranks among the leading scorers in the nation (Ranked No. 32).  Jay Copeland controls the boards for the Eagles by averaging 6.5 rpg to go along with 9 ppg. Levelle Moton enters his fifth season as the Eagles’ head coach where he currently holds a 74-66 record. Jeremy Ingram scored 24 points as the Eagles controlled a decisive 87-63 victory over Coppin State on Saturday. Ingram amassed 18 of his points in the first half to put N.C. Central up 50-37 at the break.

AVOIDING ROAD KILL

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 88-87 overtime loss against North Carolina A&T the Bears fell to 2-7 on the season.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 17 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 15.1 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.4 points and leads the squad averaging 6.7 rebounds on the boards (ranks No. 8 in MEAC).

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 1,119 career points.

THREES & FREES

The Bears currently rank last (13th) in the MEAC in three-pointers made (4.6 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 (240-406 – .591 pct).

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT

Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.1 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.8 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 2 in the MEAC by averaging 7.4 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 17 games Chiles is shooting 56.5 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.1 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 51.3 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 148 career blocks.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first five conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 234 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 160 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 768 of the team’s 1,164 points, 66 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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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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Bozeman continues to deliver consistency for Morgan hoops program

Posted on 21 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Bozeman Basketball Program Consistency

When the word consistency is brought up in regards to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball, Todd Bozeman and his Morgan State men’s basketball program certainly comes to mind immediately and for a good reason.

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.

It’s not just the March success that indicates Morgan State is a consistent program. The Bears have been among the Top Five ranked teams in the MEAC standings for five of the past seven years, including three MEAC regular season titles and a pair of MEAC championships in that span. It’s truly a remarkable statistic considering the turnover that occurs every season.

In fact, from 2006-present Todd Bozeman has compiled a 134-110 (.549) record after 244 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program, and as far as historical value, Bozeman is the school’s all-time winningest Division I head coach – hands down.

Bozeman has also been tremendous in conference play where he has led his Bears to a tremendous 81-35 (.698 pct) conference mark, and has been named the MEAC Coach of Year twice, and has also been honored as the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year.

Current overseas rosters are also littered with Bozeman players of the past seven years, including the likes of Joe Davis, Kevin Thompson and the school’s all-time leading scorer Reggie Holmes.

There is no question that Todd Bozeman has turned Morgan State’s program that was the perennial doormat of the league into one of the premier teams in the MEAC. One day his name will surely be in the rafters of Hill Field House, along with a few of the standouts from his championship teams.

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Morgan goes for weekend road sweep Monday night at Hampton

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University men’s basketball team will look to get back into the win column on Monday, as the Pirates square off against Morgan State at the HU Convocation Center at 8 p.m.

The Pirates (8-9, 3-1 MEAC) dropped their first conference game of the season on Saturday, falling 71-68 to Coppin State despite holding a lead with less than three minutes to go. Senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Manhattan, N.Y.) led the Pirates with 16 points – on 6-for-6 shooting – while senior guard Ramon Mercado (Hollywood, Fla.) came off the bench to add 12 points on the strength of 4-for-4 shooting from behind the arc.

Junior center Emmanuel Okoroba (Garland, Texas) added 11 points, and sophomore forward Jervon Pressley (Charlotte, N.C.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Pirates shot 54.5 percent from the floor.

Morgan State (5-10, 3-0 MEAC) picked up its second straight win Saturday night, defeating MEAC preseason favorite Norfolk State 87-70 in the Spartans’ home gym. The Bears were picked to finish second in the conference this season, their eighth under head coach Todd Bozeman.

Senior guard Justin Black leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game, while redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles is averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Anthony Hubbard, on top of averaging 11.6 points per game, is pulling down a team-high 6.5 rebounds per contest.

Hampton is 23-12 all-time against Morgan State, and the Pirates have won four of the last six meetings – including a split of last season’s meetings. Morgan State beat the Pirates at the Convocation Center 80-78 last season, before the Pirates returned the favor in Baltimore, Md. with a 64-62 win.

The Pirates are 10-4 against Morgan State at home.

The Pirates are 211-127 all-time as a Div. I program (since 1995) against teams currently in the MEAC, including an 11-5 mark in the conference last season. The Pirates are 3-1 in the MEAC this season after falling to Coppin State on Saturday.

The Pirates went 7-8 at the HU Convocation Center last season, even though they won three of their last five home contests. During Edward Joyner Jr.’s career as a head coach, Hampton is 32-24 overall in the Convocation Center, and the Pirates won their home debut on Nov. 9, defeating William & Mary 77-69, before falling 90-79 to Delaware on Nov. 17.

The Pirates won their first conference home game of the season on Dec. 7, beating Florida A&M 72-62, before beating Bethune-Cookman 85-52 on Dec. 9. Hampton also won home games on Dec. 29 and Jan. 4, a double-overtime 101-95 victory over Winthrop and an 87-60 win over Radford, before falling 71-68 to Coppin State on Saturday.

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Morgan opens road trip Saturday at Norfolk State

Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Opponent: Norfolk State Spartans (10-7, 4-0 MEAC)
Site: Echols Hall, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (132-110 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State returns to the road this weekend for the start of a four-game road swing starting with Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) contests at Norfolk State and Hampton. The Bears will face the Spartans, who sit atop the conference standings, on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. in Echols Hall, before heading to Hampton, Va. to square-off against the Pirates on Monday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.  Both games will also be broadcast online by WEAA, 88.9 FM (weaa.com).

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans welcomed back 11 veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 21-12 overall record, captured the MEAC regular season championship and lost to the Virginia Cavaliers in the NIT First Round. Pendarvis Williams, the reigning MEAC Player of the Year, is one of four Spartans averaging double-figures. The senior is averaging 15.8 ppg, followed by Malcolm Hawkins (16.8), Rashid Gaston (12.3) and Brandon Goode (11.3). Robert Jones enters his first season as the Spartans’ interim head coach where he currently holds a 10-7 record. Jamel Fuentes scored 14 points to lead Norfolk State past Delaware State 58-56 in a back-and-forth battle on Mon. Jan. 13 . The Spartans ran their regular season conference winning streak to 23 games, the longest such run in the country. NSU’s last conference loss came against Delaware State on Feb. 15, 2012.

SERIES RECORD VS NORFOLK STATE

The Spartans lead the all-time series against Morgan State by a commanding 30-13 margin … Norfolk State has defeated the Bears in the last six meetings dating back to 2010 … The last time MSU beat the Spartans was during an 88-82 double overtime win at Hill Field House … Todd Bozeman has a 9-3 record against the Spartans as Morgan State’s head coach.

MSU’S LAST TIME OUT VS. NSU
February 5, 2013 – Pendarvis Williams had a game-high 22 points to lift Norfolk State past the Bears 64-59 at Hill Field House. Brandon Goode added 12 points for the Spartans who captured their eighth consecutive win to improve to 14-10 (9-0 MEAC). Morgan State (6-13, 3-5) missed a pair of 3-pointers and had a turnover in the final 21 seconds, while the Spartans converted three free throws to ensure the victory. DeWayne Jackson led the Bears with 18 points, while Anthony Hubbard had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 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 1,052 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 14 games Heath is shooting 64.7 pct, Chiles is shooting 57.8 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting 54.4 pct. from the floor.

THIEVES IN THE NIGHT
Three Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.2 – ranks No. 2 in the MEAC), Donte Pretlow (2.0 – No. 4) and Anthony Hubbard (1.1). Morgan State also leads the MEAC by averaging 7.9 steals per game.

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 TRIPLE D
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 15 points and 11 boards at UC Irvine on Dec. 29, and most recently a 13 points and 12 boards performance on Jan. 11 versus South Carolina State.

UP NEXT
After Norfolk State, the Bears will take on the Hampton Pirates on Monday night at the HU Convocation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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UMBC returns home Saturday to face Maine

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

The home court has been sweet for the Retrievers as UMBC (4-11, 0-2 America East) are 4-1 at the RAC Arena in 2013-14. Aki Thomas’ squad hosts an exposive Maine (3-11, 1-1) squad that leads America East in scoring on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off time is set for 3:30 p.m. and is the nightcap of a league doubleheader at the RAC. Live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is coming off two road America East setbacks (in a four-day span) by a total of six points. Most recently, defending champion Albany outlasted the Retrievers, 73-72, in double OT on Wednesday. FR G Rodney Elliott continued his brilliant play, leading the visitors with 22 points. Elliott, a three-time league Rookie of the Week, is now seventh in the conference with 14.8 points per game. JR F Devarick Houston (19 pts.) and FR G Bryan Harris (18 pts.) also had seaosn-highs versus the Great Danes.

 BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine is 2-2 in its last four outings, including a 82-66 victory over Binghamton in its league opener on Jan. 5. JR F Kilian Cato scored 17 points to lead Maine in that victory. The Bears traveled to Baltimore after an 80-65 loss at Hartford on Jan. 9. UM led the Hawks, 31-30, at the half. SO G Dimitry Akanda-Coronel leads UM with 14.6 points per game, while Zarko Valjarevic leads America East with 39 treys.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC continues its rigorous stretch with a Jan. 15 contest at UNH. UMBC’s first six league games occur in a span of 16 days.

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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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