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Coppin pays visit to undefeated Toledo Saturday

Posted on 27 December 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Fresh off of a four-day break to enjoy the Christmas holiday, the Coppin State men’s basketball team returned to practice Thursday to start preparations for a difficult trip to Ohio to meet Mid-American Conference schools Toledo and Akron.
The Eagles (4-7 overall) face undefeated Toledo (11-0) in a Saturday matinee at Savage Arena beginning at 2:00 p.m. This is the fourth stop on a season-high five-game road trip for Coppin State. The Eagles lost a pair of games last weekend at the BVI Tropical Shootout in the British, Virgin Islands to Southern Mississippi (88-74) and Jacksonville State (72-61).
Coppin State has never lost to Toledo, winning both meetings against the Rockets, 77-73 in overtime (1989) and 87-66 (1990). Overall, Coppin State is 5-6 all-time against schools from the Mid-American Conference. The Eagles aren’t approaching this game any differently because Toledo is one of nine NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams without a loss.
“We don’t look at this game any differently than we would any other one,” Coppin State head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell said. “It’s the biggest game of the year because it’s our next one. For us it doesn’t matter who the opponent is because you’re out there to win the game. My guys know that if we don’t play hard and execute that we could have some problems.”
Coppin State senior forward Michael Murray averaged 18 points per game in both games last weekend. He scored a team-high 23 points against Southern Mississippi. Murray has led CSU in scoring in its last five games. In the two games against Southern Miss and Jacksonville State, Murray shot 52 percent (13 for 25). Overall, for the season, Murray is one of three Coppin State players averaging double figures. He leads the team in scoring with a 15.7 point per game average.
Also averaging double figures for the Eagles are sophomore guard Sterling Smith (12.3 points per game) and junior guard Taariq Cephas (11.5). Smith has scored in double figures seven times this season for the Eagles. He had a season-high 21 points to fuel Coppin State’s upset of Oregon State on Nov. 10. Cephas leads the Eagles with 49 assists. He had his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists against Delaware State on Dec. 7.
Cephas is also one of the best foul shooters in the nation as he has made 36-of-40 free throws, including 22 straight. His 90 percent success rate leads from the charity stripe the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He was 10-for-10 from the foul line against UMBC on Dec. 11. Junior guard Daquan Brickhouse is fourth in the MEAC in free-throw percentage as he has made 24-of-29 free throws (82.8 percent).
During its two games in the British Virgin Islands, Coppin State averaged 28 free-throw attempts per game. The Eagles are ranked 21st nationally in free-throw shooting percentage. Senior guard Andre Armstrongaveraged 9.5 points per game in the two games and was 9-for-10 from the foul line against Southern Mississippi.
Meanwhile, Toledo is 11-0 for the first time since the 1966-67 season following its 71-67 victory over Cleveland State last Saturday. Toledo junior J.D. Weatherspoon scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win for the Rockets, who are the first MAC school to be 11-0 since Ball State in 1998-99. Joining Weatherspoon in double digits was sophomore center Nathan Boothe (14 pts., 8 reb.) and senior guard Rian Pearson (11 pts., 5 reb.).
In addition to moving up into the No. 3 spot in CollegeInsider.com’s Mid-Major Poll rankings, the Rockets received considerable support in this week’s Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UT received 27 points in the Associated Press Poll, 24 more than last week’s total and received 13 points in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll.
Only Wichita State (12-0) and Harvard (10-1) were ranked ahead of Toledo in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll with the Rockets (717 pts.) trailing Harvard (720 pts.) by just three points. Also appearing in the poll’s Top 10 were No. 4 Gonzaga (10-2), No. 5 Saint Mary’s (9-1), No. 6 Manhattan (9-2), No. 7 Indiana State (8-3), No. 8 Green Bay (8-3), No. 9 Princeton (9-2) and No. 10 Drexel (8-3).
All five of Toledo’s starters are averaging in double figures in the scoring column, led by senior Pearson at 16.1 ppg. He is followed by junior guard Justin Drummond (14.9 ppg), junior guard Julius Brown (12.8 ppg), Weatherspoon (11.3 ppg) and Boothe (10.7 ppg).
Coppin State concludes its five-game road trip with a matchup Tuesday against Akron beginning at 6 p.m.

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Coppin tries to stay hot Saturday at Richmond

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Coppin State University men’s basketball team will add some more frequent traveler miles to its ledger when it makes the three-hour bus trip down Interstate 95 to meet the University of Richmond at the Robbins Center Saturday night. Tip off for the non-conference contest is at 6 p.m.
The game will be joined in progress on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic Plus.
The Eagles have traveled often this season thanks to a pair of trips across the continent in a four-week period. Coppin State will not play at home again until after the ball drops in Times Square. The game against Richmond begins a stretch of five straight road games to close out 2013.
Coppin State (4-4 overall) will look to extend its winning streak to three games while Richmond (7-3) will try to bounce back from an overtime loss to Wake Forest in its last outing. Coppin State and Richmond have met once and that was on Nov. 30, 2008 with the Spiders coming away with a 78-67 victory.
While the on-court history is basically non-existent, Richmond and Coppin State share a special bond because they have won NCAA tournament games as No. 15 seeds and eliminating highly regarded No. 2 seeds in the process. Richmond beat Syracuse in 1991 and Coppin State took out South Carolina in 1997. Those memories are forever cherished in the NCAA’s “One Shining Moment: 1987-2011” DVD.
The Eagles are flying high entering this matchup. Fresh off of a pair of victories over Delaware State and UMBC, Coppin State’s offense is rolling. In their last two games, the Eagles have recorded 34 assists and made 21 3-pointers. In its 91-71 win over cross-town foe UMBC, all five starters for Coppin State reached double figures in scoring led by senior forward Michael Murray’s 21 points. The reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the week, Murray has scored at least 20 points in consecutive games for Coppin State.
Junior guard Taariq Cephas had 18 points and eight assists. He has 18 assists in Coppin State’s last two games. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith and senior forward Arnold Fripp were efficient as each player took nine shots to finish with 17 and 15 points, respectively against UMBC. Junior forward Brandon St. Louis scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked a season-high five shots.
Murray leads the Eagles in scoring with a 15.3 point per game average despite missing the first four games of the season. Smith has scored in double figures in seven games this season and is second on the team with a 14.8 point per game average. Cephas leads the Eagles in assists with 39 and averages 11.8 points per contest. Fripp chips in 9.9 points per outing for Coppin State, which is 4-0 this season when it records 10 or more assists.
“We have a lot of scorers on our team,” Smith said. “We’re learning to play with each other and we’re making progress with each game we play. However, we know that the key for us in this game is playing defense and getting stops.”
The Eagles will definitely need their defense as the Spiders are a pretty formidable bunch especially at home in Virginia’s capital city along the James River. This is the opener of a three-game homestand for Richmond, which played five of its last six games on the road. The Spiders are 4-1 at home this season and have won 41 of their last 47 non-conference home games.
Richmond’s defense has been stingy this season, allowing 64.5 points per game, which ranks third in the Atlantic 10. The Spiders have held the opposition to 61 points or less in regulation in five straight games. The Spiders are second in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage (.392) and are fourth in the Atlantic 10 and 26th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.274).
Senior guard Cedrick Lindsay leads the Spiders and is second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 18.2 points per game. He has scored in double figures in 20 of the Spiders’ last 24 games. Also averaging double figures for Richmond is junior guard Kendall Anthony (11.5 points per game) and sophomore forward Terry Allen (10.1 ppg.). Allen is also the Spiders’ leading rebounder (6.5).
Coppin State welcomes the opportunity to compete against a Richmond program that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011. The Eagles have already played Pac-12 schools California and Oregon along with Top 25 giants Michigan and Gonzaga this season. Smith believes the Eagles are in a better place heading into this matchup.
“The Michigan and Gonzaga games were humbling experiences for us,” Smith said. “You go into those games thinking you can compete and unfortunately we didn’t compete at all. Not saying that we can’t, but we didn’t in those two games. Those games were a wake-up call for us. Everybody is on the same page now. Right now, we’re playing as a team and we’re looking to keep getting better.”
Coppin State will meet 8-1 Southern Mississippi in the BVI Tropical Shootout Friday at 10 p.m. The other half the bracket in that tournament features Jacksonville State against Arkansas-Little Rock. Meanwhile, Richmond will host Ohio University on Sunday, Dec. 22.
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UMBC tries again for first road win Wednesday at Coppin State

Posted on 10 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC (3-7) will be its seventh attempt to garner its first road win of the season when the Retrievers travel to Coppin State (3-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played three games in six days last week and all three were decided by six points or less. The Retrievers edged UMES, 64-59, at home on Dec. 2, but fell at Duquesne (94-88) two days later and at Lehigh (70-68) on Dec. 7. SR F Chase Plummer has scored 48 points in his last two outings, while FR G Rodney Elliott has scored in double figures in the last three games. Both players are averaging 13.9 points per outing.

EAGLE UPDATE: Coppin State opened MEAC play with a convincing 73-54 victory at Delaware State on Dec. 7. Senior forwarrd Michael Murray was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week Monday morning. He scored a career-high 28 points, hitting 11-of-15 shots from the floor. Murray was selected to the MEAC preseason All-Conference First Team after leading the MEAC in rebounds per game last season (8.9) while averaging 12.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith leads the squad at 14.6 points per game and has converted 17-of-36 shots (47.2%) from behind the arc.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC begins the exam period tomorrow and will not be in action again until Sat., Dec. 21, when they make the short trip to Washington, D.C., to face a red-hot George Washington (8-1) squad. 

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Coppin forward Murray named MEAC Player of the Week

Posted on 09 December 2013 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. – Michael Murray of Coppin State was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  Hakeem Baxter, of Maryland Eastern Shore, earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Norfolk State’s Brandon Goode was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

Murray (F, 6-5, 220, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 28 points to lead Coppin State to a 73-54 win over Delaware State.  Murray nailed his first six shots of the game en route to a 75-percent (11-of-15) shooting performance from the field, including 3-of-5 from long range.  He also grabbed seven boards, dished out two assists and stole one pass in 34 minutes of play.

Baxter (G, 6-2, 170, Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded a career-high 28 points, connecting on 9-of-10 baskets from the charity stripe, with three rebounds, one assist and one steal against University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Goode (C, 7-0, 235, Sr., Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 17 rebounds, seven blocks and two steals in two conference wins over Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M last week.  He tallied nine rebounds with a game-high five blocks against B-CU.  Offensively, he added 20 total points, connecting on 53.8-percent (7-of-13) from the field.

Other Top Performances

Jamie Adams (FAMU) registered 24 points, one rebound and two assists against Norfolk State.

Tyshawn Bell (DSU) scored a career-high 19 points, with five rebounds, two assists and one steal against Baptist Bible.

Justin Black (MSU) scored 17 points, with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block against Howard.

Marcel Boyd (Howard) posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds against American.

Ian Chiles (MSU) recorded a game-high nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a win over Howard. 

Kendall Gray (DSU) finished with a total nine points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots in three games last week.

Malcolm Hawkins (NSU) averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in a pair of conference wins over Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.

Alfonzo Houston (NCCU) averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals to help the Eagles finish 1-1 last week, including a non-conference victory over Old Dominion.

Trey Kellum (FAMU) recorded a combined 13 points, 17 boards, two assists and two steals against Norfolk State and Hampton last week.

Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton) tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks against Florida A&M.

Prince Okoroh (Howard) finished with 25 points, three rebounds and one steal against Morgan State.

Deron Powers (Hampton) scored 22 points, with three rebounds, four assists and two steals against Florida A&M.

Troy Snyder (UMES) hauled down 12 rebounds, along with eight points, one assist and one steal against UMBC.

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Coppin G Smith picks up weekly MEAC honor

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Sterling Smith of Coppin State was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  James Daniel of Howard earned Rookie of the Week honors while Du’Vaughn Maxell, of Hampton, was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Smith (G, 6-4, 200, So., Chico, Calif.) led the Eagles to a 1-1 mark last week, including a 78-73 victory over Oregon State.  Smith scored a career-high 21 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the field, with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Eagles’ first-ever win against a Pac-12 opponent.  He also scored 16 points with seven rebounds and two steals against California.  For the week, he averaged 18.5 points, shooting 63-percent from the field (14-of-22), with 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 2.5 steals.

Daniel (G/F, 5-11, 165, Fr., Hampton, Va.) averaged 22.0 points, shooting 9-of-17 from 3-point range (.529), with 4.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in a pair of wins against Washington College and Gwynedd-Mercy  last week.  He recorded 28 points, connecting on 60-percent of his baskets from long-range (6-of-10), with six boards and three steals against Washington College.

Maxwell (F, 6-7, 215, Sr., Manhattan, N.Y.) paced the Pirates defense with eight rebounds and five blocked shots in a 77-69 win over William & Mary.  He added one steal in 25 minutes of play.  Offensively he scored 12 points and dished out three assists.

Other Top Performances

Muhammad Abdul-Aleem (FAMU) finished with 16 points, hitting 2-of-3 from 3-point range, with two rebounds against Rutgers.

Hakeem Baxter (UMES) scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds against Columbia.

Ian Chiles (MSU) registered 12 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal against Ohio State.

Brian Darden (Hampton) scored 18 points, connecting on 4-of-5 baskets (.800) from long range, with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in a 77-69 win over William & Mary.

Mrdjan Gasevic (DSU) recorded 10 points, hitting 5-of-6 from the field, with four rebounds against Cairn.

Kendall Gray (DSU) posted 11 points and seven rebounds with three assists and two blocks against Cairn.

Bradon Goode (NSU) recorded 10 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks against Texas Southern.

Malcolm Hawkins (NSU) hit a career high 31 points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal against Texas Southern.

Jeremy Ingram (NCCU) scored a game-high 27 points, including 19 in the second half, with two blocks against Cincinnati.

Ricky Johnson (B-CU) recorded 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal against Trinity Baptist College.

KyRee Jones (UMES) posted 17 points, hitting 5-of-5 from 3-point range, against Columbia.

Trey Kellum (FAMU) recorded a combined 21 points and 10 rebounds with two steals and one assist two non-conference games last week.

Jordan Lawson (DSU) tallied a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 107-48 win over Cairn.

 Prince Okoroh (Howard) averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds 2.5 blocks and 4.0 steals in wins over Washington College and Gwynedd-Mercy.

Clemmye Owens (B-CU) recorded 12 points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist against Trinity Baptist.

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Coppin F Murray named preseason All-MEAC first team

Posted on 04 November 2013 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State senior Michael Murray was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference First Team and the Eagles were selected to finish ninth in the preseason poll as voted upon by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors and announced by the conference office on Monday.

Murray, who is the Eagles leading returning scorer and rebounder, averaged 12.4 points and a conference-leading 8.9 rebounds per game last season. He was joined on the first team by Justin Black of Morgan State, Pendarvis Williams of Norfolk State, Jeremy Ingram of North Carolina Central and Matthew Hezikiah of South Carolina State.

Coppin State was selected to finish ninth in the preseason poll after receiving 236 points. Norfolk State received 14 first-place votes and finished first in the preseason poll, while Morgan State earned five first-place votes and 555 points to finish second in the voting.

The All-MEAC preseason second team was comprised of Lamont Middleton and Bruce Beckford of North Carolina A&T, Jamie Adams of Florida A&M, Du’Vaugh Maxwell of Hampton and Ian Chiles of Morgan State.

Malcolm Hawkins, Rashid Gaston and Brandon Goode of Norfolk State, Emauel Chapman of North Carolina Central, Anthony Hubbard of Morgan State and Troy Snyder of Maryland Eastern Shore were named to the third team.

Norfolk State’s Williams was named the Preseason Player of the Year.

Coppin State will open the 2013-14 season on Friday (Nov. 8) at California.

 

MEAC Preseason Poll

1. Norfolk State

2. Morgan State

3. North Carolina Central

4. Hampton

5. North Carolina A&T

6. Savannah State

7. Delaware State

8. Bethune-Cookman

9. Coppin State

10. Florida A&M

11. South Carolina State

12. Howard

13. Maryland Eastern Shore

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Coppin announces 2013-2014 basketball schedule

Posted on 06 September 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — Coppin State men’s basketball head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell recently announced the Eagles 2013-14 schedule which features five games against NCAA Tournament teams from last season and 12 home games including games versus UMBC, Towson and Morgan State.

The Eagles schedule includes matchups with California, Gonzaga, Akron, North Carolina A&T and last season’s NCAA championship runner-up Michigan.

Coppin State’s home schedule includes dates with Wagner, UMBC, Towson and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Morgan State.

The Eagles will also participate in the British Virgin Islands Tropical Shootout in Tortola, British Virgin Islands which features Southern Mississippi, Arkansas-Little Rock, Jacksonville State and Coppin State.

The Eagles will open the season on the West coast against California on Nov. 8 and at Oregon State on Nov. 10.

Coppin State then opens the home portion of its schedule against Wagner on Nov. 18 followed by a home contest with Ohio Valley on Nov. 25.

The Eagles then hit the road for back-to-back games against Michigan and Gonzaga. CSU visits Michigan on Nov. 29 and then travels to Spokane, Wash., to face the Bulldogs on Dec. 1.

Coppin State opens the MEAC portion of its schedule on the road at Delaware State on Dec. 7 in Dover, Del.

The Eagles lone December game is against local rival UMBC on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

Coppin State travels to Richmond to face the Spiders on Dec. 14 before participating in the BVI Tropical Shootout on Dec. 20-21.

The Eagles close out December with road games at Toledo on Dec. 28 and at Akron on Dec. 31.

Coppin State welcomes Towson to the PEC on Jan. 4, which is the first of a three-game homestand. The Eagles will play Savannah State on Jan. 11 and South Carolina State on Jan. 13 in the PEC.

The Eagles will host the Bears of Morgan State on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the PEC in the first of a home-and-home battle.

Coppin State will host Maryland Eastern Shore on March 1 at 4 p.m. in its homecoming game.

The MEAC Tournament will be held March 10-15 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

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Coppin freshman Cole honored by MEAC

Posted on 11 March 2013 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State freshman Patrick Cole was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team as selected by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors and announced by the conference on Sunday.

Cole, who earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors three times this season, was third on the Eagles averaging 10.3 points per game. He was second on the team in assists with 67 and tied for second on the team in steals with 36.

He had an explosive start to his Coppin State career as he poured in 25 points in the season-opener against USC, and had 85 points in his first five games in a CSU uniform.

He scored a season-high 29 points in the Eagles overtime victory at Hampton on Jan. 21.

Deron Powers of Hampton was honored as the MEAC Rookie of the Year. Rashid Gaston of Norfolk State, Bruce Beckford of North Carolina A&T and Darryl Palmer of South Carolina State joined Cole and Powers on the MEAC All-Rookie Team.

Coppin State will open play in the MEAC Tournament on Tuesday (March 12) at 4 p.m. against Bethune-Cookman in the Norfolk Scope Arena.

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Morgan aims to sweep rival Coppin Wednesday night

Posted on 26 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Monday, Feb. 27 2013
Opponent: Coppin State Eagles
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Record:  MSU 10-14 (6-6); CSU 6-22 (3-10)
Series Record: MSU trails 23-51
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (120-99 – 7th yr)

Morgan State will host cross-town rival Coppin State on Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hill Field House. The Bears have won 4 of its last five games, and will enter the contest coming off a 75-68 Bracketbusters win against the High Point Panthers. Justin Black led the way with 20 points and Blake Bozeman recorded his first double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Coppin State snapped a 7-game losing streak by handing the Howard Bison a 63-56 loss in Washington, D.C. Michael Murray paced the Eagles with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 101.

• Morgan State defeated High Point in large part as a result of collecting16 offensive rebounds that led to 24 second chance points.
• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he currently ranks No. 10 in school history with 519 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 10-14 while averaging 67 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State, who shot 67.6 percent from the line last season, continues to have hard times from the stripe … through the first 24 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (319-532 FT).

• The Bears, who held UMES to 4 of 22 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 68 points and opponents are shooting 30 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 59.7 percent against Md.-Eastern Shore, including a season best 63.6 percent from 3-point territory, with 12 steals and nine blocked shots.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 339 points in 24 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 7 (13.7 ppg).

• Justin Black was just shy of posting a triple-double at Liberty. The junior guard finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and nine assists … he is currently ranks No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 14.1 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 162 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 3 (No. 2 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 25 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (41) in the MEAC by averaging 2.1 blocks per game.

• The combination of DeWayne JacksonAnthony Hubbard and Justin Black have provided almost 60 percent of the scoring for the Bears so far this season.

• The Bears’ first 10 games of the 2012-13 season were on the road where they finished 3-7.

• The Bears used seven different lineups this season, but Coach Bozeman has used a lineup 12 times this season that puts DeWayne Jackson at forward with Justin BlackBlake BozemanAnthony Hubbard and Ian Chiles.

• Redshirt junior Ian Chiles, who stands at 7-foot-2, 270-pounds, enters Saturday’s contest with 495 career points and 91 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.8 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. COPPIN STATE
February, 9, 2013 — Junior guard Justin Black had a career-high 23 points with six assists to help lift the Bears to 80-51 win at the Physical Education Complex.  The victory snapped the Bears’ 3-game losing streak, and handed Coppin State its fifth consecutive loss. Morgan State held a 14-9 lead (14:39) before stepping on the accelerator.  The Bears took complete control of the game by outscoring the Eagles 30-7, punctuated by a three-pointer by Black at the buzzer to give the Bears a 46-18 halftime lead.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The Eagles welcome back five veterans, including zero starters, from a squad that posted a 14-16 overall record, finished 6th in the MEAC with a 9-7 ledger. Michael Murray leads the Eagles in scoring and rebounding by averaging 12.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Troy Franklin (11.8 ppg), Andre Armstrong (10.9 ppg) and Patrick Cole (10.4 ppg) are also averaging double-figures for the Eagles. Head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell (Edison State ’84) enters his 27th season as the Eagles head coach and he currently holds a 415-394 (.513) record.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

UNFAMILIAR FOES
Morgan State will face six teams this season that the program has never met in its basketball history. The first time opponents are: UTSA, Old Dominion, Holy Cross, South Carolina, Illinois State and San Diego. The Bears do not see a familiar foe until the Nov. 29 matchup at Liberty (MSU leads, 1-0), their fifth game of the season. The other five opponents MSU previously has played are University of Virginia (trails, 0-1), Loyola Marymount (leads, 2-0), and Saint Joseph’s (trails, 0-1).

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,485, 519 rebs., 164 asts) needs 26 points to surpass Harry Johnson (1,500 points – 1958-62) to become the school’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson(2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophomore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High, Willis Turnipseed played at City High, and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .547 (120-99) after 219 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. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
During his tenure in Baltimore, Todd Bozeman has coached seven (7) different players to All-Conference honors, including four Players of the Year selections: Ron Timus (2007 2nd Team), Boubacar Coly (2008 Defensive POTY, 1st Team), Jamar Smith (2008 Offensive POTY, 1st Team), Marquise Kately (2008 & 2009 2nd Team), Reggie Holmes (2007 All-Rookie, 2008 2nd Team, 2009 Offensive POTY, 2009 & 2010 1st Team), Kevin Thompson (2009 All-Rookie, 2010 Defensive POTY, 2010 1st Team, 2011 2nd Team), DeWayne Jackson (Rookie of the Year, 2011 1st Team).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 24 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 14.1 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.7 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.6 points and 6.9 rebounds on the boards.

BEWARE THE BEAR
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season title may be out of reach for Morgan State, but despite being out of the race Coach Todd Bozeman‘s team appears to be improving and gaining momentum. The Bears have won 4 of its last five games and will finish the regular season with four games against teams with a combined record of 27-76 (.262).  With top teams like Norfolk State, N.C. Central and Savannah State drawing the majority of the attention, it’s easy to see how the Bears can be lost under the radar with a record of 10-14. Morgan State will certainly be a team to watch as we draw closer to the 2013 MEAC Tournament.

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.6 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 21 of 24 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

UP NEXT
The Bears will return to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play when they host rival Md-Eastern Shore on Saturday, March 2nd  Tip-off at Hill Field House is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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Coppin, Morgan renew rivalry Saturday

Posted on 08 February 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — Coppin State and Morgan State will renew their cross-town rivalry on Saturday (Feb 9) at 4 p.m. at the Physical Education Complex.

 

Coppin State enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 5-19 and 2-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

 

Junior Michael Murray is the team’s leading scorer averaging 12.1 points per game and he leads the MEAC in rebounding with 9.0 rebounds per game. Andre Armstrong is averaging 21.3 points in his last seven games and he is shooting 42.0 (29-of-69) percent from the three-point line during that stretch. Armstrong also ranks second in the conference averaging 2.2 three-point field goals made per game.

 

Morgan State has an overall record of 6-13 and a 3-5 in the conference. DeWayne Jackson leads the Bears in scoring averaging 14.4 points per game.

 

Coppin State leads the all-time series 51-22 and has won two of the last three meetings.

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