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Morgan eyes fourth straight win Monday at Delaware State

Posted on 23 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Feb.24, 2014
Opponent: Delaware State Hornets (8-18, 4-9 MEAC)
Site: Memorial Hall, Dover, Del.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (139-113 – 8th yr)

BEARS SET TO FACE DELAWARE STATE MONDAY
The Morgan State Bears (11-13, 9-3 MEAC), winners of five of its last six games, hits the road to take on Delaware State (8-18, 4-9 MEAC) on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The Bears are attempting to win its fourth straight game, which would mark its longest winning streak of the season. Delaware State will enter the contest fresh off Saturday’s 84-71 home win against Maryland-Eastern Shore, and have won four of its last five games.

SCOUTING DELAWARE STATE
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 (12.4 ppg) and  Kendall Gray (11.4 ppg). Gray is among the league leaders in rebounding (Ranked No. 2) by averaging 7.4 rpg. Walker is currently 4-2 as the Hornets interim head coach after taking over for Greg Jackson who was fired on Thursday, Jan. 28.  Casey Walker came off the bench to score 26 points to help give Delaware State an 84-71 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday. TyShawn Bell had 16 points and six rebounds for the Hornets. Kendall Gray added 15 points and Kendal Williams had 10.

LAST TIME VS. THE HORNETS
Feb 1, 2014 – Ian Chiles scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in helping Morgan State overcome a seven-point halftime deficit in defeating Delaware State 77-64 on Saturday before a crowd of 3,970 fans at Hill Field House. Justin Black finished with 14 points and Cedric Blossom posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Morgan State, which improved to 7-12 overall and 5-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Morgan State shot only 35 percent in the first half but improved to 48 percent in the second period in overtaking the Hornets.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Hornets for the 92nd meeting between the two. Morgan State holds a 51-40 advantage, and the Bears have won the last two meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 12-5 record against the Hornets since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.

AVOIDING THE 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 the recent 88-72 win at Maryland Easter Shore the Bears improved to 4-8 on the season, including 4-2 versus MEAC teams.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 24 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 19.2 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.3 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.8 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 and currently has 1,261 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT
Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 12 conference games, MSU leads the MEAC averaging 76 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 (2.0 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.3 – No. 9). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 6.7 steals per game.

LOOK WHO’S IN SLAM MAGAZINE ONLINE 
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 24 games Chiles is shooting 55.2 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 (.431).

WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 9 blocked shots against Norfolk State on Feb. 8. He’s currently ranked No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 3.0 rejections per contest (72) and now has 171 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 66 offensive rebounds thru the first 24 games. The sophomore has started in every game and is averaging 6.8 ppg, 5.3 rebounds in 22.9 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 12 conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 509 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 394 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 1,087 of the team’s 1,731 points, 62 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Coppin plays host to reeling Delaware State Monday night

Posted on 02 February 2014 by WNST Staff

2013-14 DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTES
HORNETS (4-16; 0-7 MEAC) VS. COPPIN STATE EAGLES (7-14; 4-4 MEAC)
MON., FEB. 3, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
BALTIMORE, MD (PHYSICAL EDUCATION COMPLEX) – 4,100

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Twitter – DSUAthletics (@DSUAthletics)
Delaware State Interim Head Coach Keith Walker (Clemson, ‘81): 0-1 at DSU (first game); 91-102 career (eighth year); 0-0 vs. Coppin State

Coppin State Head Coach Ron Fang Mitchell (Edison State, ‘86): 424-411 at Coppin State and career (28th year); 34-20 vs. DSU

THE GAME
Delaware State wraps up a two-game road swing with a visit to MEAC rival Coppin State. The Hornets have dropped their last six games to fall to 4-16 overall and 0-7 in the MEAC. DSU is coming off a 77-64 loss to Morgan State on Saturday. The Hornets led 38-31 at the half, but was outscored 46-26 in the final 20 minutes. The undersized Hornets, playing their first game under interim head coach Keith Walker, led 57-56 before the Bears scored 21 of the last 28 points in the contest. Casey Walker was high scorer for the Hornets with 14 points, 10 coming in the first half. Walker has reached double figures in scoring in nine straight games and 13 of the last 14. Tyshawn Bell was the only other DSU player in double figures with 12 points.

Coppin State (7-14; 4-4 MEAC) has dropped three of its last four games, including a 79-76 setback to Hampton, in its last outing on Saturday. Sterling Smith led the Eagles with 24 points and nine rebounds in the Hampton contest, each a game high. Andre Armstrong added 13 points in the game for CSU. For the season, Michael Murray leads the Eagles in scoring at 14.6 points per game. Armstrong is second on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Point guard Taariq Cephas averages 9.5 points and is fourth in the MEAC in assists at 4.2 per game.

DSU vs. COPPIN STATE SERIES HISTORY (CSU leads 42-37)
The Hornets and Eagles are meeting for the second time this season. Coppin State won the first contest 73-54 on Dec. 7 at Delaware State’s Memorial Hall. The Eagles were 27-of-51 from the field (52.9%), including 10-of-20 (50.0%) from three-point territory. The Hornets were 17-of-44 from the floor (38.6%) and seven-of-25 from beyond the arc (28.0%). Michael Murray led the Eagles with a game-high 28 points (11-15 FGs; 3-5 3pt FGs). Sterling Smith added 15 points for the Eagles. Casey Walker led three Delaware State players in double figures with 18 points. Kendal Williams added 16 points and Tyshawn Bell 12 for the Hornets. The last time the teams met at Coppin State, the Hornets posted an 84-81 win during the 2011-12 season. Casey Walker had a game-high 24 points, highlighted by six three-point field goals (6-for-10) in the contest.

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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 2013 season Saturday at Delaware State

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (4-7, 4-3 MEAC) at Delaware State (5-5, 5-2 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 – 2 p.m. ET
Alumni Stadium (30,000)
Dover, Del.

GAME TIME
The Bears (4-6, 4-3) will travel to square-off against the Delaware State Hornets in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday (Nov. 23) in Dover (Del). Head coach Kermit Blount leads the Hornets. Delaware State (5-5, 5-2) extended to a 2-game winning streak after a 29-21 conference victory against Florida A&M last Saturday in Tallahassee. The Bears dropped a 38-3 decision against South Carolina State at Oliver Bulldog Stadium in an ESPNU Thursday night matchup. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Alumni Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-HORNETS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Hornets will meet for the 56th time since 1945 … Morgan State leads the series 31-24.
• MSU won the first matchup in 1945 by a score of 27-0.
• Last time against the Hornets (Oct. 25, 2012) … Delaware State’s defense stopped the Bears on a fourth down play inside of the Hornets’ territory to hold off the Bears tonight 28-23 at Hughes Stadium in front of an ESPNU audience. Elko and Tarpley caused major problems for the Bears defense all night long. At one point, Elko completed a Delaware State record 17 consecutive passes. Elko was 33 of 43 for 398 yards and two touchdowns on the night. Tarpley finished with a game-high 12 catches for 143 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.
• The last time the Bears defeated by Delaware State was on Oct. 29, 2011 … In just his fourth college game, Tracy Martin ran for a game-high 154 yards on 38 carries and scored the only points of the game, helping the Bears grind out a 12-0 victory over Delaware State and stretch their winning streak to three straight.
The Bears played smash-mouth football throughout most of the ballgame and simply dominated the time of possession  (39:53 – 20:07) — recording their first shutout since October 7, 2006 when they posted a 32-0 win on the road against North Carolina A&T.

ABOUT THE HORNETS
• Kermit Blount (Winston-Salem State ’80) is wrapping up his third season as head coach of the Delaware State Hornets. During his second year at the school, he led DSU to a 6-5 overall record, the team’s first winning mark since 2007 and a three-game improvement from the previous season. The 2012 Hornets also posted five MEAC wins, four more than the previous year.
• Delaware State returns 41 lettermen, including 15 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, the Bulldogs finished with a 6-5 overall record and 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• QB Corey Murphy (6-1, 205, Santa Clara, Calif.) is the MEAC’s leading passer. The senior has completed 175 of 316 passes for 1,928 yards. He’s currently completing 55.4 percent of his passes (No. 7 in MEAC in pass efficiency; No. 2 in total offense – 2,007 yds) and has thrown a total of 10 TDs and 12 INTs. Murphy threw a pair of TDs against Florida A&M and finished the game 10 of 15 for 141 yards.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout freshman WR Malik Golson (5-9, 180) leads the MEAC in receptions per game (5.1) and ranks No. 3 by averaging 49.9 receiving yards per game. Through 10 games he has 51 receptions for 499 yards and has scored four touchdowns.
• The Hornets ranks among the top in the MEAC in a few categories. DSU ranks No. 1 in penalties (41.7 avg); No. 2 in pass offense (209.6 avg); No. 2 in red zone defense (71.8 pct); and No. 3 in 3rd down conversions (37.7 pct).
• MSU’s offense will have to account for senior defender Ernest Adjei. Adjei, a 6-0, 230 pound LB, ranks No. 16 in the MEAC with 75 tackles (31 solo), 10 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks from his  linebacker position.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 13 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks 6th in MEAC total offense by averaging 304.6 yards per game (4.8 per play).
• MSU ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 173.5 yards per game on 487 carries and have scored 14 TDs on the ground.
• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in rushing with 576 yards on 127 attempts and has scored three TDs.
• MSU QB Robert Council ranks No. 9 in the MEAC in total offense (108.8 ypg) … he has accounted for 598 passing yards and has rushed for 381 yards.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE … Morgan State’s rushing game has powered the team to a No. 4 ranking in the MEAC (173.5 ypg), 7thin scoring (19.4 ppg) and 6th in total offense (304.6 ypg). Morgan State’s 1,908 rushing yards through the first 11 games is already more than they recorded during the 2012 season (1,647 yards) … in fact, it’s already the most rushing yards gained in the last four years. With one game remaining on the schedule, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the 2,040 rushing yards they posted during the 2008 season…just 132 yards to go.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (31:49 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … MSU  has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first 11 games, the Bears have scored 26-of-33 (79%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has eight players with at least 30 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 88 stops (T-14th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 54 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 13 interceptions through 11 games. CB Deshaun Summers and S Paul Eatman leads the way with three picks apiece, followed by CB Joe Rankin has a pair of INTs, while SS Peterson Janvier and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker and Andrew Mitchell each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks T-No. 27 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC).

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES …  Here are a few national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Bears:
• Morgan State is 25th nationally in net punting (37.5) and redshirt freshman punter Lawrence Forbes ranks No. 5 (44.5 avg) and has dropped 13 of his 48 punts inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•  Morgan State is 17th nationally in punt returns (2nd in the MEAC – 11.3).
•  The Bears offense ranks 24th nationally in time of possession (31 avg TOP).
•  MSU 16th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.6).
•  Junior linebacker Cody Acker ranks 21st nationally in solo tackles (59).

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Towson maintains #4 ranking in FCS poll

Posted on 16 September 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS RANKED 4th AGAIN

Tigers Own Second-Longest Winning Streak in FCS Football

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – For the second week in a row, the undefeated Towson University football team is ranked fourth in NCAA FCS football, according to the weekly poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers’ number four national ranking continues to be the highest national ranking at the FCS level that they’ve ever received.

Towson was ranked 11th in the pre-season and moved up to fifth after a season-opening win at Connecticut. Back-to-back victories over Holy Cross and Delaware State enabled the Tigers to move up to fourth, ahead of Sam Houston State.

Their 49-7 victory over Delaware State extended the Tigers’ winning streak to seven games in a row. Towson closed out the 2012 season with four straight wins and has won their first three games in 2013.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (2-0) received 154 of a possible 156 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-1) got the other two first place votes and is ranked second. Montana State (2-1) 1s ranked third, some 48 points ahead of Towson. Sam Houston State (2-1) is fifth, nearly 200 points behind the Tigers.

The Tigers, who have outscored their opponents by a 131-32 margin through three games, are sixth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 43.7 points per game.

However, the Tiger defense is ranked near the top of FCS in all of the major categories. The Tigers are allowing 10.7 points per game, third in the nation behind Idaho State (8.3) and Bethune-Cookman.

The Towson defense leads FCS in red-zone defense (.333) and the Tigers are fifth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 71.0 yards per game. The Tigers are also sixth in total defense, giving up 267.3 yards per contest.

Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (1-1) is ranked 11th while Stony Brook (1-1) is 16th nationally. James Madison (2-1) is 17th this week while Villanova (0-2) is 20th. Richmond (1-2) fell to 23rd in the nation after losing to Gardner-Webb.

The Tigers, who have the program’s longest winning streak since 1984, will be seeking their eighth win in a row when they visit North Carolina Central on Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (154)                                2-0                3,898                   1

2.      Eastern Washington (2)                                   2-1                 3,462                   2

3.      Montana State                                                2-1                 3,460                   3

4.      Towson University                                          3-0                3,412                   4

5.      Sam Houston State                                         2-1                 3,235                   5

6.      South Dakota State                                         3-0                3,054                  6

7.      Northern Iowa                                                2-0                3,004                  7

8.      Eastern Illinois                                               3-0                2,778                   9

9.      Montana                                                         2-0                2,450                  11

10.     Wofford                                                          2-1                 2,365                   16

11.      New Hampshire                                              1-1                  2,273                   12

12.     McNeese State                                               3-0                2,134                   13

13.     Central Arkansas                                            1-2                 1,496                    8

14.     Georgia Southern                                            2-1                 1,420                   10

15.     Coastal Carolina                                             3-0                1,274                   21

16.     Stony Brook                                                   1-1                  1,201                    17

17.     James Madison                                               2-1                 1,186                    20

18.     Cal Poly                                                         1-2                 1,165                    14

19.     Bethune-Cookman                                          3-0                1,053                   23

20.    Villanova                                                       0-2                767                     19

21.     Fordham                                                        3-0                733                     NR

22.    Lehigh                                                           2-0                677                     22

23.    Richmond                                                       1-2                 653                     15

24.    Tennessee-Martin                                           2-1                 561                     NR

25.    Northern Arizona                                            1-1                  556                    25

Others receiving votes: Illinois State 493, Youngstown State 370, Samford 281, Maine 255, William & Mary 155, North Carolina A&T 118, Southern Utah 114, Delaware 113, Jacksonville State 111, Gardner-Webb 100, Chattanooga 85, Eastern Kentucky 29, Appalachian State 28, Southeastern Louisiana 24, Liberty 24, South Carolina State 22, Penn 21, South Dakota 19, Tennessee State 18, Harvard 18, Southern Illinois 10, Western Illinois 10, Murray State 5, Indiana State 4, Tennessee Tech 3, Northwestern State 2, Sacred Heart 1.

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Towson’s West, Joseph honored by CAA

Posted on 16 September 2013 by WNST Staff

TERRANCE WEST, DERRICK JOSEPH HONORED BY CAA

West Named As CAA Offensive Player of the Week for Fifth Time In Career

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), a strong candidate for the Walter Payton Award, and junior kickoff return specialist Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) earned weekly honors from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) after the No. 4 Tigers’ 49-7 win over Delaware State, it has been announced by CAA officials.

West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and the fifth time in his career. Joseph was named as the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career.

In the undefeated Tigers’ victory over Delaware State, West ran for 82 yards on 16 carries and tied a school record by scoring five touchdowns.

West, who has scored nine touchdowns in three games this season, matched the Towson single-game record set by former All-American Tony Vinson, ’94 against Morgan State in 1993. His five touchdowns also set a Johnny Unitas® Stadium record.

The ninth-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, West is averaging 121.3 yards per game this season. With nine touchdowns in three games, he is tied for the FCS national scoring lead with Zack Zenner of South Dakota State.

In the win over Delaware State, West gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he scored on a one-yard run. Early in the second quarter, he scored on a three-yard run, the 50th touchdown of his career. Midway through the second quarter, West’s one-yard touchdown run upped the Tigers’ lead to 21-0. With 3:15 remaining in the first half, his two-yard touchdown run gave Towson a 28-0 advantage.

With 12:30 remaining in the third quarter, West’s 17-yard touchdown run increased the Towson lead to 49-0 and enabled him to tie the Towson single game record.

In 24 games, West is the third-leading rusher in school history with 2,699 yards. He has now scored 53 career touchdowns, a school record.

Joseph earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award after he returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown. It marked the third time in his career he had a kickoff return for a touchdown, breaking the school record he shared with Maurice Sydnor, ’95 and David Meggett, ’98. Joseph had a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against New Hampshire in 2011 and scored on a 95-yard kickoff return against St. Francis (Pa.) last season.

Joseph also caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ win over Delaware State. In his career, Joseph has now returned 55 kickoffs for 1,562 yards for a 28.4 average.

The unbeaten Tigers return to action on Saturday when they visit North Carolina Central at 2:00 p.m..

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The 15-7-0 has a better defense than the Washington Redskins

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The 15-7-0 has a better defense than the Washington Redskins

Posted on 16 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

I heard that before settling on “Daniel”, Mr. and Mrs. Flacco were seriously considering “Fifteensevenoh” as their son’s name. I’m sorta surprised they didn’t stick with it.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Someone is going to end up beating the Denver Broncos, but right now it’s really hard to imagine someone beating the Denver Broncos.

My favorite Peyton Manning audible is the one where he finishes his bowl of soup.

Apparently Trindon Holliday thought he was playing the Ravens.

The Brothers Manning seemed a bit awkward postgame.

Which is weird because earlier they were…making out?

This was Phil Simms doing…Christ, I don’t know…during the game broadcast on CBS.

2. I should be excited about Maryland being 3-0 for the first time since 2001, but I’m actually a bit depressed that Maryland went 12 years without starting a season 3-0.

Things went really well for Randy Edsall in his return to Connecticut. Enjoy these highlights of the Terps’ win before we get to the crappy part.

The crappy part is that Dexter McDougle becomes the second Maryland CB to go down, and we know McDougle will miss the rest of the season. I’ll just assume Shawn Petty starts playing corner next week.

Again, we follow bad stuff with good stuff; so here’s the plane the Terrapins flew to Hartford on. It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever see ever.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia Tech is going to wear this next week because they know they’re awful this year anyway.

3. Johnny Football is good at football. Alabama football is better at football.

Oh my Bear Bryant. Manziel threw a 95 yard TD…

And then Oh my Saban this is how he celebrated.

Unfortunately for Manziel, he also threw a TD to Vinnie Sunseri-who plays for Alabama. His attempt at a tackle left a bit to be desired.

I know Manziel is an “effort” guy, but I’m not sure he needed to truck his own security.

Look, I know Alabama won the game. But they’re just really GOOD. Johnny Manziel is really INTERESTING.

Okay, TJ Yeldon was interesting too.

4. The Miami Dolphins would like to remind you of why it is that everyone was saying the Miami Dolphins were a sleeper to make the playoffs in the AFC.

But TY Hilton REALLY looks good.

5. The Kansas City Chiefs would like to echo those sentiments…you know, except about them.

Unfortunately for Sam Koch, the road to the Pro Bowl just keeps getting tougher.

Dez Bryant did awesome things.

It is probably worth pointing out that this guy attended the game.

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Towson welcomes Delaware State for home opener Saturday

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS HOST DELAWARE STATEON SATURDAY

No. 4 Tigers Seeking Seventh Consecutive Victory

TOWSON, Md. – After opening their season with back-to-back wins, Coach Rob Ambrose and the fourth-ranked Towson University football team will make their home debut on Saturday evening, Sept. 14 against Delaware State University at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

The Tigers, who are 2-0 on the season, will be facing a Delaware State team that opened its season with a loss at Delaware.

“It will be great to play a home game,” said Coach Ambrose. “Unitas Stadium is a great place to play and our players enjoy performing in front of our fans. Delaware State is extremely talented and athletic. Delaware State has a very rich football tradition. Delaware State may have one of the most explosive teams we will play this season.”

The Tigers, who earned their highest national ranking ever in FCS football, own the second-longest winning streak in NCAA FCS (six games). It is also the longest winning streak by a Tiger football team since 1996-97 when theTigers won six games in a row.

Towson and Delaware State are meeting for the 16th time in a series that began in 1980. However, the teams have not played since 1994. Towson owns a 9-6 series advantage.

Towson is hoping to extend its history of success in home openers. The Tigers are 34-10 in home openers and have won their last nine home openers. Coach Ambrose is 4-0 in his home openers with two wins over Coastal Carolina and a victory over Morgan State and a win over William & Mary.

The Tigers enter their home opener with an explosive offensive team and a defensive unit that has allowed only 25 points in two games.

Led by senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.), the Tiger offense is averaging 41.0 points and 459.0 yards per game. Athens has completed 30 of 43 passes for 424 yards with one interception and three touchdowns. He is 18th in NCAA FCS in pass efficiency after two games.

Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), a strong candidate for the Walter Payton Award, is tied for third in the nation in rushing, averaging 141 yards per game. West, who is the third-leading rusher in school history, has scored four touchdowns in the first two games. In his career, West has scored 48 touchdowns in 23 games.

Led by senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), the Tiger defense has allowed only three touchdowns in two games. The Tigers have yet to allow a rushing touchdown.

Towson’s defense ranks first in NCAA FCS in red-zone defense and has allowed only 33 per cent of teams reaching the red zone to score. Clark leads the team with 20 tackles.

Overall, the Tiger defense is ranked 12th in the nation, allowing 276.5 total yards per game.

The Tigers, who play four of their first five games on the road, will be back on the road next week when they visit North Carolina Central.

TIGER TALES: Last season, the Tigers were ranked third in FCS football in time of possession at 34:02 … In their first two games, the Tigers have controlled the clock for 36:13 … Towson is ranked sixth in FCS football.

With seven first downs in eight tries in the first two games, the Tigers lead FCS in fourth downs made and attempted … The Tigers have converted seven consecutive fourth down attempts and they have scored four touchdowns on those plays.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Temecula, CA live on SpikeTV); WNBA: Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network); High School Football: Towson @ Perry Hall (Thursday 7pm), Good Counsel @ Calvert Hall (Friday 7pm), Anacostia (DC) @ Gilman (Friday 2:10pm)

10. Shindig Festival feat. The Gaslight Anthem/Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/Mighty Mighty Bosstones/Dropkick Murphys/Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday Carroll Park); Rebelution/Matisyahu (Wednesday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion); Muse/Cage The Elephant (Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center); Fall Out Boy/Panic! At The Disco (Tuesday 7pm Patriot Center); Depeche Mode (Tuesday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jason Aldean (Saturday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); ZZ Top (Wednesday 8pm Wolf Trap); Cage The Elephant/Diamond Youth (Thursday 7pm Power Plant Live); Eve 6 (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); The Airborne Toxic Event (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Rusted Root (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Blue October (Friday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Eve (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Shovels and Rope (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Jake Bugg (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Graham Nash (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); North Mississippi All-Stars (Friday 9pm State Theatre); Keith Urban “Fuse”, Arctic Monkeys “AM”, Janelle Monae “The Electric Lady”, J. Roddy Walston & The Business “Essential Tremors”  and Trombone Shorty “Say That to Say This” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ll be in Pigtown Saturday. I’ve never seen Gaslight Anthem. They might be the best band (right now) I haven’t seen.

I don’t think I’ve seen The Mighty Mighty Bosstones since I was 14. It doesn’t mean I won’t sing along to every word of “Royal Oil.”

I’ll be “Grabbing A Bud” at Hooters Towson Friday 7pm-8pm. Then I’ll IMMEDIATELY be trying to talk my fiancee into hitting PPL so I can ALSO sing along to every word to far too many Eve 6 songs.

I will probably post about J. Roddy Walston a time or two on Facebook Tuesday. You can thank me later.

9. Dane Cook (Thursday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Russell Brand (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre); Charlie Murphy (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam (Friday 8pm); “The Gathering” Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Keswick Castle); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Hampdenfest (Saturday 36th Street); “Star Trek Into Darkness” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The Family” and “Insidious Chapter 2″ out in theaters (Friday)

If you couldn’t remember which Star Trek movie this one was, it was this one.

If you’ve forgotten which superstar’s brother Charlie Murphy was, this one. (Language NSFW.)

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Morgan continues homestand Monday against Delaware State

Posted on 03 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 27
Game Dates: Monday, March 4, 2013
Opponent: Delaware State Hornets
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Record:  MSU 12-14 (8-6); DSU 13-15 (8-6)
Series Record: MSU leads 50-39
Last MSU Win: 73-72 (A) Feb. 27, 2012
Last DSU Win: 52-50 (A) (Feb. 18, 2013)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (122-99 – 7th yr)
Websites: MorganStateBears.com/DSUHornets.com

The Morgan State Bears have won six of its last seven games and cannot afford to have a let down during the final two games of the season. The Bears dropped UMES 58-45 on Saturday and will put its three-game winning streak on the line when they take on a tough Delaware State squad on Monday night. The Hornets improved to 13-15 and 8-6 in the conference after a 56-53 win at Howard. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hill Field House.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home games and most MSU road games by its opponents.

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.

BEAR BITS:
• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 103.

• 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. 8 in school history with 533 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 12-14 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 26 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 59 percent (347-588 FT).

• The Bears, who held UMES to 4 of 22 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 67 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.

• Justin Black has scored 361 points in 26 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 6 (13.9 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 leads the team in scoring.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 164 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 3 (No. 4 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 23 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (47) 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 eight 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 505 career points and 92 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.7 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. DSU
February, 18, 2013 — The Morgan State Bears came out early with blazing hot shooting and led by as many as 16-points before Delaware State came from behind to hand MSU a 52-50 loss in Dover. After shooting 12 of 24 from the field in the first half, the Bears were a less than impressive 25 percent (6-24) from the floor. The Hornets also got back in the ballgame by scoring 17 points off of MSU turnovers.

SCOUTING THE HORNETS
The Hornets welcome back nine veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 15-14 overall record, finished 3rd in the MEAC with a 12-4 ledger. Tahj Tate leads the Hornets in scoring and assists by averaging 12.7 points and 2.3 assists per game. Marques Oliver (8.6 ppg) leads DSU on the glass averaging 6.7 rpg. While the Hornets absolutely struggles on the offensive end (59.9 ppg) with just one player who’s barely averaging double-figures, they have one of the best defenses in MEAC – limiting opponents to 63 points per game.
Head coach Gregory Jackson (St. Paul’s ’80) enters his 13th season as the Hornets’ head coach and he currently holds a 192-197 (.494) 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.

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
Ian Chiles is another Bear that possesses a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 9 in the conference with his .526 field-goal percentage and is No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.7 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranks No. 9 in assists at 3.0 per game and No. 6 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

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 (1,514, 533 rebs., 172 asts) needs 19 points to surpass Robert Gordon (1,532 points – 1963-67) to become the school’s No. 6 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 .552 (122-99) after 221 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 26 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 13.9 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.8 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 13.8 points (ranked No. 7), 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals (ranked No. 4) per game. Jackson has also registered 23 blocks. He has recorded 23 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.2 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 21 of 26 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

UP NEXT
MSU will conclude the MEAC regular season when they host the Rattlers of Florida A&M on Thursday, March 7th. The game will also mark “Senior Night” for the Bears.

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