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Morgan continues West Coast swing Sunday at Oregon

Posted on 29 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
Opponent: No. 10/12 Oregon (11-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Site: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon
Game Time: Noon (PST)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (131-108 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (3-8) continues the 2013-14 campaign at Oregon on Sunday for the second of a three-game west coast swing. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to rebound from a tough 86-80 loss Friday night at Cal State Northrdige. Sunday night’s contest will mark the first basketball meeting between the teams.

SCOUTING THE DUCKS
The Ducks welcomed back six veterans, including a pair of starters, from a squad that posted a 28-9 overall record and went 12-6 in the Pac-12. Joseph Young leads the Ducks by averaging 19.8 ppg and is shooting 53 percent (71-133) from the field.  Mike Moser leads Oregon on the boards (7.5 rpg), in blocks (1.3), and also averages 14.6 ppg. Other Ducks averaging double-figures are Jason Calliste (12.5 ppg), Damyean Dotson (11 ppg) and Elgin Cook (10.1 ppg).  Dana Altman enters his fourth season as Oregon’s head men’s basketball coach and currently holds a 84-37 record (617-304 overall). The No. 13 Ducks beat Brigham Young 100-96 in overtime after a furious second-half comeback on Dec. 21st.
Jason Calliste scored a career-high 31 points for the Ducks (11-0) and Joseph Young had 25 points. All-America candidate Tyler Haws led the Cougars (8-5) with 32 points, and Kyle Collinsworth added 15 points, five rebounds and eight assists.

MSU’S LAST TIME OUT
Dec. 27, 2013 — Stephen Maxwell and Josh Greene scored 28 points apiece to carry Cal State Northridge to an 86-80 win over Morgan State on Friday night. The Matadors (8-5) struggled from the foul line until the end of the game, hitting 12 of 14 free throws in the final 96 seconds. Prior to that they were 12 of 23. While Maxwell was scoring a career-high and grabbing 12 rebounds, teammate Stephan Hicks was held to 10 points, more than eight below his average, but he grabbed 11 boards.
Justin Black led the Bears (3-8) with 24 points, 17 in the second half to keep the game close. Ian Chiles had 19 points, Blake Bozeman 15 with five 3′s, and Anthony Hubbard 13 with 11 rebounds. When Greene hit two free throws at the 1:36 mark, Northridge led 76-66. Black’s jumper and 3-pointer, in a 7-0 run, made it 76-73 15 seconds later.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black recently eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northrdige (12/27) … the senior currently has 1,006 career points.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Cedric Blossom are both shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 11 games Chiles is shooting 56.8 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting .547 from the floor.

CHILES STANDS TALL 
Redshirt senior Ian Chiles returns as one of the tallest centers in the state of Maryland. The 7-foot-2 senior averaged 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 1.7 bpg last season. The New Jersey native was also one of the most efficient low-post players in the league by shooting 53.5 percent from the field. “Big Slew” used the offseason to improve his strength and conditioning and is expected to be among the most dominant post players in the league. “Slew” is currently averaging 14.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg.

HOMECOMING
Morgan State has three players on the roster from California. Thair Heath and Hassante Manning are both from Los Angeles, while Rasean Simpson is from San Diego.

UP NEXT
After Oregon, the Bears will wrap up its 3-game west coast swing when they tipoff against California-Irvine (Jan. 2).

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Defensive Zone Breakdowns Cost Caps in Loss to Ducks

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Defensive Zone Breakdowns Cost Caps in Loss to Ducks

Posted on 24 December 2013 by Ed Frankovic

After back to back dismal efforts against mediocore teams that saw the Caps fortuitously pull out three of a possible four points last weekend, Washington was back in action on Monday night against the number one team in the NHL: Bruce Boudreau’s Anaheim Ducks, who came in with an eight game winning streak.

The Capitals played much harder in this one and actually had a 2-0 early lead, but defensive mistakes at critical times ultimately did them in once again, and they were defeated, 3-2, to drop their record to 19-14-4 heading into the Christmas break.

This was a very close game, as evidenced by the shot attempt totals, which were 57-54 in favor of the Ducks. Washington was much better than last weekend in the puck possession department but Anaheim did a superior job of getting their attempts on net, winning that battle 29-19. The Caps did a lot of good things in this game and both Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin hit iron in the third frame in what is a tough loss to a very good hockey team.

After Saturday’s overtime loss to the Devils I blogged that things needed to change and it was on Coach Adam Oates and GM George McPhee to figure out whether it was the players or the system that were causing the issues. Following tonight’s game, it appears to me that effort and also focus, on the part of the players, and not the system, is the major problem. Washington was motivated on Monday and brought a passion to get and own the puck. But the Ducks are a veteran and skilled team, and going against number one isn’t all about effort and passion, it’s about playing the right way and paying attention to detail.

That is where this Capitals team is falling down, attention to detail, especially in their own end. The Caps gave up the tying tally with just 27 seconds remaining in period two. Then they gave up the game winner with 5:36 left in regulation. Both goals were the result of poor reads that led to bad defensive zone coverage. Oates confirmed that after the game. On the game winner, the forwards all got caught too low on the back check allowing defenseman Hampus Lindholm to fire a shot through a maze of bodies past Philipp Grubauer. There was a lack of communication on the part of the Washington forwards on the ice and it resulted in a lot of space and time for the Ducks defenseman to shoot and score.

Anaheim’s second tally, however, is the one that is the most upsetting and disappointing. The five guys on the ice were out for a long shift and each one can shoulder their share of the blame. We won’t point out the names, but let’s just say there were a lot of contract dollars on the ice for the home club. The initial rush by Ben Lovejoy wasn’t played properly by the Capitals defensemen, who simply stopped moving his feet. But even still, Lovejoy was just looking to center the puck and if the other defenseman and the three forwards don’t puck watch and instead cover Anaheim players, there is no quality chance or goal. That did not happen as the Caps d-man went to the wrong post and the forwards allowed Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano to have a clear and uncovered path to the front of the cage. The result was an easy goal for Koivu that Grubauer had no chance on.

Simply put, it was a lack of effort at the end of a long shift and poor communication, as well. In his post game presser Oates said that communication should be going on at all times on the ice and he also said that at this point in the season, the reads and positioning should be automatic. It was not on the tying tally, as well as the game winner.

Those type of mistakes not only cost a squad points in the standings, but in the bigger picture, those are the type of errors that prevent a hockey team from being one of the better clubs in the league. Washington is in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference for this exact reason, they have too many breakdowns in their own end that are costing them hockey games.

Reading Oates’ answers, expression and demeanor afterwards, I got the feeling that he’s been pointing out these things over and over to his players. These aren’t hard hockey concepts but they require a mental toughness to continue to execute when you are tired or not in a position to score a goal. Everyone loves offense, but playing proper defense is the key to winning hockey games and a Stanley Cup. The Cup winner each season knows how to do the things that allow a club to transition from offense to defense. They play their positions well, they communicate on defense, and they focus even when they are tired at the end of a shift.

It’s the things you need to do to win hockey games and ultimately a championship.

Until this Caps team is ready to commit to that, they’ll do exactly what I said after Saturday’s loss to New Jersey: they will qualify for the playoffs and then find themselves out in either round one or two.

The talent is mostly there for the Caps to go where the players say they want to go, but saying it and then doing it requires a whole different level of focus and commitment.

Right now, I question that level of commitment from several of the players on this team.

Notes: Washington won the faceoff battle, 43-25…the Caps were 1 for 5 on the power play while the Ducks went 0 for 4 with the man advantage…Brooks Laich returned to the lineup and played 13:23…Mikhail Grabovski and Nicklas Backstrom had the two goals for Washington…next up, on Friday night at the Verizon Center, for the Caps is an improving Rangers team that has won two games in a row.

 

 

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Pitta & Dickson talk Patriots, Flacco & teamwork at Thursday Night Live

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Pitta & Dickson talk Patriots, Flacco & teamwork at Thursday Night Live

Posted on 21 September 2012 by WNSTV

The WNST.net crew hosted the second in a series of Thursday Night Live radio shows last night with Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta at The Grill at Harryman House in Reisterstown. Hope you enjoy the show, which featured tons of football talk and an extended visit from Pitta’s mate Ed Dickson. Tons of laughs, tons of kids getting autographs and a great hour of conversation with a “two tight end set.”

Next week, we’ll do a special Tuesday night edition of Thursday Night Live at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air with Dennis Pitta. The show will have a special 7:30 p.m. start time due to the Ravens’ short work week for the Thursday game vs. Cleveland.

A special thanks to all of our sponsors who make these shows possible including our title sponsor Freedmont Mortgage plus The Goldfather, ABC Rental and Raven Zone, who provide prizes and promotional consideration so that we can bring these awesome WNST live events to the community.

Hope you enjoy the show!

 

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