Wednesday, Feb.19, 2014
Opponent: Coppin State Eagles (9-16, 6-6 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
7:30 p.m. EST
Todd Bozeman (138-113 – 8th yr)
www.MorganStateBears.com / www.coppinstatesports.com
BEARS SET TO FACE COPPIN STATE WEDNESDAY
The Morgan State Bears, winners of four of its last five games, returns to Hill Field House this Wednesday to host crosstown rival Coppin State (9-16, 6-6 MEAC) at 7:30 p.m. This will be the second meeting between the crosstown rivals in the last nine days.
SCOUTING COPPIN STATE
The Eagles welcomed back seven veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted an 8-24 overall record, and finished in ninth place in the MEAC stadnings. Michael Murray is one of three Eagles averaging double-figures. The senior is averaging 14.0 ppg, followed by Andre Armstrong (13.0) and Sterling Smith (11.2). Murray also leads the Eagles on the glass by averaging 6.7 rebounds per contest (ranks No. 8 in MEAC). Ron “Fang” Mitchell enters his 28th season as the Eagles’ head coach where he currently holds a 426-412 record (.508 winning pct.). Reggie Lewis scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, as Florida A&M overpowered Coppin State in the second half, winning 82-71 on Saturday. Coppin State (9-16, 6-6 MEAC) shot just 38 percent from the field and was led in scoring by Sterling Smith with 20 points. Andre Armstrong had 19 points and Michael Murray recorded 11 points and 13 rebounds.
LAST TIME VS. THE EAGLES
March 10, 2014 – Justin Black and Ian Chiles scored 23 points apiece on Monday as Morgan State won its fourth straight game against cross-town rival Coppin State, 82-77. Chiles had five blocks for Morgan State. Black made nine of his 14 shots and had seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Anthony Hubbard added 15 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, for the Bears.
WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Eagles for the 77th meeting between the two. Coppin State holds a 51-25 advantage, however the Bears have won the last four meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 13-4 record against the Eagles since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.
THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 23 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 19.1 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.3 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.0 points and leads the squad averaging 6.8 rpg (No. 6).
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 Damone Williams (1,207 pts – 1986-90) as the school’s No. 15 leading scorer with 1,239 career points.
POUNDING THE PAINT
Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 11 conference games, MSU leads the MEAC averaging 75 points per game, including 15 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint at Hampton (1/20), and 42-20 advantage at Coppin State (2/10).
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 (1.4 – No. 9). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 7 steals per game.
TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 23 games Chiles is shooting 55.9 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.2 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.428).
WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 9 blocked shots against Norfolk State on Feb. 8. He’s currently ranked No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 3.1 rejections per contest (71) and now has 170 career blocks.
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 62 offensive rebounds thru the first 23 games. The sophomore has started in every game and is averaging 6.7 ppg, 5.2 rebounds in 22.7 minutes. He had a sensational game at UMES (Feb. 17) where he posted a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds — it marked the second double-double of his career.
THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
In the first 11 conference matchups this season Justin Black, Ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 509 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 350 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 1,043 of the team’s 1,703 points, 61 percent of the team’s scoring load.