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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 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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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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Morgan looks for fourth straight win Monday at Delaware State

Posted on 17 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Monday, Feb. 18 2013
Opponent: Delaware State Hornets
Site: Memorial Hall, Dover, Del.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Record:  MSU 9-13 (6-5); DSU 11-13 (6-4)
Series Record: MSU leads 49-39
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (119-98 – 7th yr)

Morgan State will head to Dover (Del.) to face Delaware State on Monday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall. The Bears extended to a three-game winning streak following an 87-55 drubbing of the Md.-Eastern Shore Hawks Saturday night at the Hytche Athletic Center. Justin Black led MSU with with 18 points and DeWayne Jackson added 17. Delaware State defeated Coppin State 57-43 at Memorial Hall on Saturday. Tahj Tate paced the Hornets with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. The meeting with Delaware State  will be the 89th all-time between the schools, with the Bears leading the head-to-head series, 49-39.

Bear Bits:

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

• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he recorded seven boards at UMES and currently has 506 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 9-13 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 22 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (295-508 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 312 points in 22 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.2 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 has been the Bears leading scorer in 9 of the last 14 games scoring at 14.0 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 160 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 27 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (39) in the MEAC by averaging 2.2 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 10 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 478 career points and 87 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 11.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT VS. DELAWARE STATE
February, 28, 2012 – Ian Chiles broke a 70-70 tie from the free throw line where he made 1 of 2 with 21 seconds left to go. But on the ensuing inbounds, Hornets point guard Jay Threat raced the length of the court, missed a contested layup, only to have it followed up by a dunk by Tahj Tate as fans and his teammates ran on to the court in jubilation. However, 1.1 seconds remained on the clock and in the confusion the officials huddled and decided to access a technical against Delaware State for delay of game. Aric Brooks, Morgan State’s best free throw shooter (.787 pct.), toed the line and hit both free throws as fans stood questioning what had just occurred. The Bears left Memorial Hall with a 73-72 victory.

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 13.2 points and 2.3 assists per game. Marques Oliver (8.3 ppg) leads DSU on the glass averaging 6.5 rpg. Head coach Gregory Jackson (St. Paul’s ’80) enters his 13th season as the Hornets’ head coach and he currently holds a 191-195 (.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.

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).

JACKSON SET TO LEAD
DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. There are seven (7) juniors, four (4) sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

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 (1,468, 506 rebs., 161 asts) needs 33 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 .548 (119-98) after 217 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 22 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.2 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 14.0 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.0 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 14.2 points (ranked No. 5), 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 16 blocks. He has recorded 20 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 15 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 19 of 22 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds per game last season.

UP NEXT
The Bears will take a break from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they travel to the Tar Heel state on Feb. 23rd for an ESPNU Bracketbusters game at High Point.

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Delaware State visits Morgan for Thursday night showdown

Posted on 25 October 2012 by WNST Staff

GAME TIME
Morgan State (3-4, 2-2 MEAC) continues the 2012 season play in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup against Delaware State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Hughes Stadium.  The Hornets enter the 2012 season under the leadership of second-year head coach Kermit Blount. The Hornets (4-2, 3-1) are coming off a 24-0 shutout win at North Carolina A&T.  The Bears fell short in the final moments at Howard 21-20 in Greene Stadium.  This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by ESPNU.

THE BEARS-HORNETS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Bison will meet for the 55th time since 1945. Morgan leads the series 31-23.

• Morgan State did what they had to do on a dreary, windy and rain-soaked day for the Hornet’s Homecoming. They protected a slim lead, played solid defense and ran the ball. 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. 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.

• The last time the Hornets were in Hughes Stadium was on Oct. 23, 2010 … Redshirt freshman QB Delonte Williams led Morgan State on a comeback drive with under a minute remaining in the game. Williams had three interceptions – two of them returned for touchdowns – and was sacked three times. But he also led the Bears on an 8-play, 85 yard drive and threw a 34 yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Hendrix with 20 seconds on the clock. Sheldon Jacques added a two yard fumble return for a touchdown as the Bears came away with a climatic 34-24 win over the Hornets on Saturday at Hughes Stadium before an announced Homecoming crowd of 14,312 fans.

• The last time Morgan State lost to the Hornets was on Oct. 24, 2009 at Alumni Stadium … Delaware State posted 35 points against MSU, who entered the game as the No. 1 scoring defense in the MEAC, limiting teams to an average of 14 points per game. Anthony Glaud threw two touchdown passes in his return to the lineup and the Hornets intercepted three passes, one returned for a touchdown in a 35-22 victory on Saturday afternoon during DSU’s Homecoming. The loss snapped the Bears’ 5-game winning streak, the school’s longest in 30 years.

• MSU head coach Donald Hill-Eley holds a 6-4 record against Delaware State since 2002.

QUICK HITS
• Travis Davidson currently leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rushing with 723 yards (103.3 avg/g). He also ranks No. 1 the MEAC in scoring (72 Pts).

•  QB Robert Council came off the bench against Howard and completed 11-of-20 passes for 131 yards and broke a  35-yard touchdown run.

•  Cornerback Joe Rankin registered his 9th interception of his career, picking off Savannah State quarterback Antonio Bostic in the 1st quarter…He currently leads the MEAC in INTs with four in six games…he currently ranks No. 5 in the FCS in passes defended (6 breakups and 4 INTs).

• The MSU defense has collected 10 interceptions (No. 2 in the MEAC) through the first seven games of 2012.

•  The Bears continue to be among the top scoring offenses in the league, entering Saturday’s contest as the MEAC’s No. 4 ranked scoring offense (25.1 avg/g).

•  True freshman LB Elandon Roberts currently ranks No. 6 in the MEAC in tackles by posting 60 tackles so far this season … he recorded a season-high 14 tackles against N.C A&T and was named Rookie of the Week.

•  Earvin Gonzalez currently ranks No. 1 in the MEAC and tied for No. 9 in the FCS by connecting on 10-of-15 field goals and is a perfect 20-of-20 on PATs and booted a career-high 47-yard field goal against N.C. Central.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK 
• The Bears posting its third straight victory against the Hornets.

• The Bears scoring 20 or more points against Delaware State for the fifth consecutive game.

• The Bears having a 300-yard passing game for the first time since October 8, 2011. In Week 6, Morgan State defeated Savannah State 44-17 and Seth Higgins, Nate Furrha and Robert Council combined for 16-of-26 passes for 318 yards and five TDs.

• Cornerback Joe Rankin registering an interception would mark his fifth of the season and the 10th of his career. He would need to collect six more to surpass Joe Fowlkes for the school record. Fowlkes posted 15 INTs during his career (1975-78).

• Running back Travis Davidson rushing for 100 yards or more for the eighth time in his career.

• The Bears recording their 11th interception.

• Wide receiver Andrew King registering the third touchdown of his career.

• QB Robert Council has not thrown an interception since a win versus Howard on Sept. 24, 2011 … He completed 12 of 18 passes and was picked off by DL Corey Berry. He’s thrown 110 passes without an interception.

JUICE UPDATE
As a result of his 104-yard performance at Howard, Travis Davidson currently has 1,455 yards and has moved past James Fields for the No. 11 spot on the school’s all-time rushing list. He needs 56 more yards to surpass TJ Stallings (1,510 yds) for the No. 10 spot.

MSU vs. DELAWARE STATE FLASHBACK
• Oct. 25, 2003 – Morgan State head coach Donald Hill-Eley and the Bears defeated the Delaware State 53-36 in a game played at Hughes Stadium. The Bears finished the season with a 6-5 record and won four of its last five games.

DELAWARE STATE THUMBNAILS 
• In 2011, Delaware State finished with a 2-8 overall record and were 1-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

•  Senior QB Nick Elko leads the Hornets on offense this season. The 6-2, 210-pounder from Odenton (Md.) is the league’s leading passer (ranks No. 22 in FCS). He has completed 146 of 239 for 1,548 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions. He has also ranks No. 5 in pass efficiency (122.6).

• Travis Tarpley and Justin Wilson are the primary threats in Delaware State’s aerial attack.  Tarpley, a 5-7 senior from Danville (Va.), currently leads the league with 48 receptions for 585 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile Wilson, a 6-1, 175 pound senior from Windsor (Conn.) also ranks among the league leaders with 32 receptions for 390 yards and three TDs.

• Through the first seven games, RB Dae-Hon Cheung (5-10, 165) has been the  leading rusher in the Hornets’ pass happy offense. The  freshman from Coatesville (Pa.) has recorded 52 carries for 251 yards (4.7 avg), including a pair of TDs.  He posted 43 yards on 16 carries against North Carolina A&T last Saturday.

• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Hornet’s defensive back Jermond Colston. Colston currently ranks among the league leaders with 64 tackles (ranks T-4th), 2.0 tackles for loss and two interceptions.

• The Bears’ defensive front will face a Hornets line that’s surrendered 3 sacks during its current 3-game winning streak. Nick Elko was sacked once in a 24-0 win over North Carolina A&T on Oct. 20, but the veteran quarterback threw for 245 yards and a TD. Delaware State ranks T-3rd in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 13 sacks in seven games played.

• Through seven games, the Delaware State defense ranks 2nd in the MEAC in scoring defense by limiting opponents to 18.4 points per contest.

MARYLAND AND DELAWARE TIES
• Senior center Jerry Evans is the only Bear on the Morgan State roster who’s from Delaware. The 6-2, 300-pounder was raised in New Castle and was an All-State lineman at Hodgson Vocational Tech.

WICKED TIMES IN OCTOBER
The Bears are 26-19 in the month of October since the 2002 season and have won 4 of their last 6 October games. The Bears are 12-10 at home and 12-11 on the road during that time in October.

NEXT UP
After Thurday’s contest versus Delaware State, the Bears will play at home against the top-ranked Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. The matchup is set for Saturday, November 3. Kickoff at 1 p.m.

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