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Morgan welcomes Hampton Monday for nationally televised contest

Posted on 02 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Opponent: Hampton Pirates (11-10, 6-2 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7 p.m. EST
Television: ESPNU
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (135-112 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.DSUHornets.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State looks to remain in the race for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season crown as it welcomes Hampton to Hill Field House. While the game is not for first place, the winner will have a leg up on the competition. This will be the second meeting of the regular season between the Bears and Pirates. Tip-off is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. The game will be an ‘Orange Out’ as MSU fans are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing orange to the contest.

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
The Pirates welcomed back eight veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 14-17 overall record, and finished third place in the MEAC with an 11-5 record. Du’Vaughn Maxwell (14.8 ppg) and Deron Powers (11.0 ppg) lead the Pirates in scoring. Du’Vaughn also controls the boards for the Pirates by averaging 6.7 rpg to go along with 65 blocks (3.3) on the season. Edward “Buck” Joyner, Jr. enters his fifth season as the Pirates’ head coach where he currently holds a 75-75 record. The Hampton University men’s basketball team needed five more minutes than expected, but still remained unbeaten on the road in MEAC play with a 79-76 overtime win over Coppin State Saturday evening at the Physical Education Complex. Jervon Pressley led four Pirates in double figures with a season-high 16 points to help the Pirates extend to a 3-game winning streak.

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 63-23 (.732) overall home record at  Hill Field House.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 19 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.4 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.2 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.9 points and leads the squad averaging 6.5 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 1,150 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT

Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through seven conference games, MSU is averaging 74.3 points per game, ranking second in the MEAC, including 13.4 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint against Hampton (1/20).

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. 4 in the MEAC by averaging 7.3 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 19 games Chiles is shooting 55.4 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.5 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 51.0 pct from the floor (Ranks No. 9). The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 4 in field goal percentage (.419).

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. 4 in the MEAC averaging 2.7 rejections per contest (52) and now has 151 career blocks.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first seven conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 310 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 232 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Delaware State, the trio accounted for 45 of the Bears’ 77 points with Ian Chiles leading the way with 24. The trio has totaled 844 of the team’s 1,217 points, 69 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Coppin continues MEAC play Saturday against Hampton

Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Michael Murray has rung up some impressive statistics during his time as a member of the Coppin State University men’s basketball team.

The Coppin State senior forward has earned plenty of accolades during his marvelous career such as being named Mid-Eastern Athletic Player of the Week earlier this season, leading the conference in rebounding last year and being selected to all-MEAC preseason team.

However, while all of those awards, points and rebounds are nice, Murray, who currently leads the Eagles in scoring (15.0 points per game) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.), is most proud of one number, in particular: 3.916. That’s his grade point average, which fills Murray with pride and keeps a smile on his face. Murray is one of Coppin State’s best and brightest student-athletes.

He’s a gentleman off the court and a monster on it.

“I’ve always been academics first because I was told when I was younger that academics can take you further in life,” Murray said. “I’ve gotten progressively better in basketball as I’ve gotten older and I know there could some opportunities in the future, but academics have always been at the forefront of everything for me. I come from a family that doesn’t take any stuff when it comes to academics. Everybody in my family strives to be the best at what they do, but it all starts in the classroom and that’s something that’s always stuck with me.”

Fans will be able to see Murray and the Eagles at home pretty frequently during the month of February beginning tomorrow afternoon against Hampton University in a key MEAC clash beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Physical Education Complex.

Coppin State will leave the state of Maryland once between now and the time the MEAC tournament commences next month. The Eagles play six of their final nine games at home. Two of the three remaining road contests are at Maryland-Eastern Shore and Morgan State. That’s a good thing for the Eagles, who travelled over 14,000 miles in the first two months of the season.

The Eagles (7-13 overall, 4-3 MEAC) are currently in sixth place in the conference. They know with a strong weekend especially coming off a 70-54 road win at North Carolina A&T in their last outing, the Eagles could generate some momentum. Something not lost on Murray.

“It’s a great opportunity for us right now,” Murray said. “We are a game and a half from being in the top of the conference. These games are very important for us. We need to play consistently on defense to put together a nice run. We’re capable of it. If we’re all in tune defensively, then I believe we’ll be alright. I know I came into the North Carolina A&T game with a defensive mindset and trying to help us win the rebounding battle.”

A Brooklyn, New York native, Murray has endured some bumps on the basketball court this season. He missed the first two weeks of the season with a fractured hand. When he returned to the line-up against Michigan and Gonzaga, Murray wasn’t in shape to battle the top-20 powers. Then because of his incredible versatility, the 6 foot, 5 inch Murray has been playing different positions during various games depending on the match-ups. There are times when Murray has played small forward, which is natural position, and then there are other times, where he’s been forced to play bigger and stronger players in the post as a power forward.

Yet, through it all, Murray hasn’t complained and continued to shine. If men’s basketball coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell asked Murray to get water, deliver statistics to media members during timeouts and mop the floor, Murray would do it without hesitation especially if it helps the Eagles earn another victory.

“The season has been up and down for me personally,” Murray said. “I just want to become more consistent. I’ve played the 3 and 4 this year. Sometimes when I’ve played the 3, I’ve been able to attack more than when I am playing four. I am learning to pick my spots and as long as we win then I am happy. I want to win at the end of the day, so I’ll do what’s necessary to win.”

Even with playing all over the court, Murray has enjoyed some sterling moments this season. He scored a career-high 28 points to help the Eagles beat Delaware State, 71-52, on Dec. 7. Four days later in a 91-71 victory over UMBC, Murray scored 21 points. He notched his first double-double (20 points, 14 rebounds) of the season in a 75-69 win over South Carolina State. For the season, Murray has scored in double figures 11 times and scored 20 or more points five times.

An example of Murray’s team-first attitude occurred two weeks in the first meeting against Hampton, a 71-68 CSU win. Murray finished with three rebounds and nine points. He didn’t care. Murray was super excited about the win although you probably wouldn’t have known from his facial reaction since he describes himself as a “chill individual.” Overall, Murray is having a blast this season for the Eagles despite the adversity he’s endured. He sees everything as a positive.

“It’s been great,” Murray said. “I’ve been told that versatility is always welcomed. People will really look at that. I am not mad at not playing a specific position. It’s been a learning process for me this year and I am learning something new each day. When I first came back from my broken hand, I didn’t feel as strong, but I am beginning to get back to 100 percent.”

Fortunately for Murray and the Eagles, he is not forced to be a one-man show for Coppin to have success. The Eagles have plenty of talent on the court. Guards Andre Armstrong (12.6 points per game) and Sterling Smith (10.6) average double figures. They have combined to make 70 3-pointers this season. Junior guard Taariq Cephas scores at a 9.8 point per game clip. Cephas also leads the Eagles with 81 assists. Arnold Fripp made a trio of 3-pointers against A&T.

Coppin State is looking for a season sweep against Hampton and Delaware State. Even though the Eagles beat both teams earlier this year, they know that doing it again will be tough and require even a greater level of focus and execution on defense.

Hampton has won its last two games after beating South Carolina State Monday night as sophomore forward Jervon Pressley led four Pirates in double figures with a season-high 14 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Ramon Mercado added 12 points, six rebounds, and three blocks – two of which were key late. It was Pressley’s first game at Hampton in double figures. Senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell added 11 points, and sophomore guard Ke’Ron Brown chipped in 10 points.

Meanwhile, Delaware State enters Saturday’s game at Morgan State with five straight losses. Kendall Gray was high scorer for the Hornets with 14 points and led all players with 12 rebounds. He also had four blocks to give him 12 in the last two games. Gray has a team-high six double-doubles this season. Casey Walker chipped in 13 points for the Hornets. He has reached double figures in scoring in each of the last eight games. Coppin State leads the all-time series against Delaware State, 42-22.

Following this two-game homestand, the Eagles will travel to UMES next Saturday, Feb. 8 before returning home to meet Morgan State on Monday, Feb. 10.

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Morgan goes for weekend road sweep Monday night at Hampton

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University men’s basketball team will look to get back into the win column on Monday, as the Pirates square off against Morgan State at the HU Convocation Center at 8 p.m.

The Pirates (8-9, 3-1 MEAC) dropped their first conference game of the season on Saturday, falling 71-68 to Coppin State despite holding a lead with less than three minutes to go. Senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Manhattan, N.Y.) led the Pirates with 16 points – on 6-for-6 shooting – while senior guard Ramon Mercado (Hollywood, Fla.) came off the bench to add 12 points on the strength of 4-for-4 shooting from behind the arc.

Junior center Emmanuel Okoroba (Garland, Texas) added 11 points, and sophomore forward Jervon Pressley (Charlotte, N.C.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Pirates shot 54.5 percent from the floor.

Morgan State (5-10, 3-0 MEAC) picked up its second straight win Saturday night, defeating MEAC preseason favorite Norfolk State 87-70 in the Spartans’ home gym. The Bears were picked to finish second in the conference this season, their eighth under head coach Todd Bozeman.

Senior guard Justin Black leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game, while redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles is averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Anthony Hubbard, on top of averaging 11.6 points per game, is pulling down a team-high 6.5 rebounds per contest.

Hampton is 23-12 all-time against Morgan State, and the Pirates have won four of the last six meetings – including a split of last season’s meetings. Morgan State beat the Pirates at the Convocation Center 80-78 last season, before the Pirates returned the favor in Baltimore, Md. with a 64-62 win.

The Pirates are 10-4 against Morgan State at home.

The Pirates are 211-127 all-time as a Div. I program (since 1995) against teams currently in the MEAC, including an 11-5 mark in the conference last season. The Pirates are 3-1 in the MEAC this season after falling to Coppin State on Saturday.

The Pirates went 7-8 at the HU Convocation Center last season, even though they won three of their last five home contests. During Edward Joyner Jr.’s career as a head coach, Hampton is 32-24 overall in the Convocation Center, and the Pirates won their home debut on Nov. 9, defeating William & Mary 77-69, before falling 90-79 to Delaware on Nov. 17.

The Pirates won their first conference home game of the season on Dec. 7, beating Florida A&M 72-62, before beating Bethune-Cookman 85-52 on Dec. 9. Hampton also won home games on Dec. 29 and Jan. 4, a double-overtime 101-95 victory over Winthrop and an 87-60 win over Radford, before falling 71-68 to Coppin State on Saturday.

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Coppin opens road swing Saturday at Hampton

Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Arnold Fripp appreciates the practice battles with his good friend and teammate Michael Murray. Fripp likes being knocked around because the way he sees it, the consistent poundings and paint tutorials are only going to make the Coppin State University senior forward stronger and better.

“Even though I’ve known him since high school, he doesn’t cut me any slack,” Fripp said. “He’s helped me a lot and by him always going at me in practice, it’s prepared for the physical and tough games in the conference.”

Fripp and the Eagles hope that the aggressive player that scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 75-69 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) win over South Carolina State makes many more consistent appearances as the Eagles head into the meat of their conference schedule.

Coppin State (5-11 overall, 2-1 MEAC) begin a tough four-game road trip with games against Hampton (8-8, 3-0) Saturday afternoon at 6 p.m. and Norfolk State (10-7, 4-0) Monday night at 8 p.m.

With Fripp and Murray playing together at a high level along with sharpshooting guards Andre Armstrong, Sterling Smith, Daquan Brickhouse, Taariq Cephas raining baskets from all over the gym, Coppin State has the ability and talent to be a factor in the conference. The Eagles knocked off Oregon State, 78-73 on Nov. 11 and Fripp’s 17-point performance was a big part of that triumph.

“We know what type of team we have and our record doesn’t show how good we are,” Fripp said. “Beating South Carolina State was big for us. We just have to continue to play with lots of energy and intensity going forward. This win was definitely a confidence builder for us.”

It was good to see Fripp rebound from consecutive scoreless outings against Towson and Savannah State with a strong effort. He was a key factor in helping Coppin State hold on to beat the Bulldogs. Fripp threw down a one-handed dunk to cap a 7-0 run that gave Coppin State the lead for good against South Carolina State. Then a few minutes later when the Bulldogs closed to within, 67-66, Fripp knocked down a short baseline jumper.

Overall, Fripp has scored in double figures seven times this season for the Eagles. In addition to his big performance against Oregon State, Fripp averaged 12 points during Coppin State’s two games in the British Virgin Islands against Southern Mississippi and Jacksonville State. The transfer from Monroe Community College started the season by grabbing at least seven rebounds in Coppin State’s first three games. He grabbed 10 rebounds against Richmond.

Fripp has always stood out on the basketball court and in a crowd. He had an earlier growth spurt than many of his peers. Fripp, who is a huge Bugs Bunny fan, didn’t take basketball seriously when he started playing the sport.

“I was always tall and I started hitting my growth spurt in seventh or eighth grade,” Fripp said. “I always loved basketball, but I never really took it that seriously. I got naturally good at it and that made my dedication stronger to the sport. It’s definitely a special feeling to be playing here at Coppin State.”

In a 73-60 victory over Delaware State last week, Hampton senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell led the Pirates with 21 points and eight rebounds. Redshirt-freshman guard Lawrence Cooks added 13 points, going 5-for-7 from the floor and hitting both 3-pointers. In beating Delaware State, the Pirates shot 70.4 percent (19-for-27) from the floor in the second half.

Maxwell leads the Pirates in scoring with a 13.2 point per game average and rebounding (6.5). Deron Powers scores at a 12.1 point per game clip and has a team-high 71 assists. Brian Darden chips in 9.3 points per game and leads the Pirates with 38 3-pointers. Overall, Hampton has won three of its last four games and is 5-1 at home.

The Eagles have their work cut for them against Norfolk State, which has won 23 consecutive regular season MEAC games after edging Delaware State, 58-56, Monday night. The Spartans lead the conference in scoring offense (77.9), field goal percentage (48.8), 3-point field goal percentage (34.8) and are second in assists per game (14.5).

Norfolk State is led by Malcolm Hawkins and Pendarvis Williams, who are fifth and ninth, respectively in the conference in scoring. Hawkins averages 16.8 points per game and Williams scores at a 15.8 point per game clip. Brandon Goode is third in the MEAC in rebounding (7.0 per game) and second in field goal percentage (61.8). Jamel Fuentes is second in the conference in assists (5.5). Like Hampton, the Spartans only have one loss at home this season.

Coppin State will be on the road against next weekend when it travels to North Carolina to meet Central and A&T.

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Morgan tries to bounce back Saturday at Hampton

Posted on 01 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (2-6, 2-2 MEAC) vs. Hampton (3-5, 3-1 MEAC)
“Military Appreciation Day”

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET
Hughes Stadium (10,000)
Baltimore, Md.

GAME TIME
The Bears (2-6, 2-2) will host the Hampton Pirates in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday (Nov. 2) in Baltimore (Md.). Head coach Donovan Rose leads the Pirates. Hampton (3-5, 3-1) extended to a 3-game winning streak after a commanding 30-7 victory against Delaware State last Saturday. The Bears had its two-game win streak snapped after dropping a 28-14 decision at Howard during the Bison Homecoming.Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-PIRATES MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Pirates will meet for the 63rd time … Morgan State leads the series 36-24-2.
• Last time against the Pirates (Nov. 17, 2012) … Jeremiah Schwartz and Hampton capped the 2012 season with a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at Morgan State. Schwartz, the MEAC’s leading rusher, had a workmanlike effort for the Pirates by gaining a game-high 113 yards on 29 carries, including a pair of touchdowns. Morgan State recorded a season-high eight sacks and racked up three interceptions, while holding the HU’s quarterback duo of Travis Champion and Brian Swain to a combined 4 of 18 passing for just 42 yards.
• The last time the Bears defeated Hampton was on Nov. 11, 2009  … With 1:54 remaining in the game, the Pirates got the ball on Morgan State’s 42-yard line for what would be the final drive of the game at Armstrong Stadium. On this final drive, the Pirates committed three penalties and lost a total of 51 yards, which ended in a 44-yard field goal attempt by freshman Jordan Stovall that came up short, giving the Bears a 16-13 win on Hampton’s Senior Day.
• Since 2002, the Morgan State vs. Hampton game has been decided by 7 or less points five out of the last 12 games … and has gone into overtime twice (2003 & ’07).
• Hampton has won the last three meetings against the Bears, and had a string of 6 consecutive wins against Morgan State (2003-2008) before the Bears pulled out a 16-13 win in 2009.

ABOUT THE PIRATES
• Donovan Rose (Hampton, 1979) Petty enters his fifth campaign as head football coach of the Hampton Pirates and his 23rd as a member of the program.
Since Rose’s return to Hampton in 1991, the Pirates have won 14 championships, graduated over 225 student-athletes and placed over 50 players in professional leagues. His most notable recruits have been Cordell Taylor, second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998, and Kendall Langford, third-round pick and starting defensive end for the Miami Dolphins in 2008.
• Hampton returns 61 lettermen, including 15 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, Hampton finished with a 3-7 overall record and 3-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• Freshman QB Bryan Bailey (6-2, 190) made his first start of the season on Oct. 12 against North Carolina A&T, completing 14 of 26 passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns. He’s currently completing 57 percent (43 of 75) of his passes and has thrown a total of five touchdowns and five interceptions.
• Through the first eight games, RB Jorrian Washington (5-9, 180) has been the Pirate’s leading ground gainer. The junior from Los Angeles, Calif. has recorded 51 carries for 331 yards (4.2 avg), including two TDs.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout RB Antwon Chisholm.  The Florida product may not have the statistics that made him the MEAC’s Rookie of the Year three year’s ago, but he’s still a very dangerous back. He leads the Pirates with 31 receptions out of the backfield for 284 yards and four TDs (5th in MEAC).
• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Pirate’s linebacker Delbert Tyler. The 5-11, 225 pound senior currently leads the league with 94 tackles (41 solo). He has recorded double-digit tackles in six of Hampton’s first eight games – including a season-high 17 stops on Sept. 21 at Coastal Carolina – he had 16 tackles and an interception during last Saturday’s win against Delaware State.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 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 No. 2 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 181.8 yards per game on 361 carries and have scored 10 TDs on the ground.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and led the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
• Morgan State rank 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 298 yards per game (4.8 per play).
• Morgan State ranks 4th in MEAC pass efficiency (112.2).

• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in rushing with 453 yards on 102 attempts.
• Donald Hill-Eley was the offensive coordinator at Hampton from 1997-2000 under coach Joe Taylor … he was a graduate assistant for the Pirates from 1992-94.
• Tight end Nathan Ingram recorded four receptions last week to bring his season total to 13. Ingram has 18 catches in his career at Morgan State.
•  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).

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. 4 in the MEAC in time of possession (31:14 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first eight games, the Bears have scored 19-of-25 (76%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 6 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has eight players with at least 25 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 65 stops (T-12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 41 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … Since allowing 6.0 sacks against Robert Morris, the Morgan State offensive line has allowed just three sacks over the next six games and had a stretch of three games without allowing sack before giving up a sack. The Bears currently rank No. 3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 12 sacks in eight games.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 10 interceptions through eight games. CB Joe Rankin and S Paul Eatman have a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Janvier, CB DeShaun Summers, and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks No. 22 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 4 in pass defense by limiting opponents to 146.4 yards per game.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 29 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator MMA (Saturday 7pm from Long Beach, CA live on SpikeTV); Soccer: New Zealand @ Team USA women (Wednesday 7:30pm from Columbus live on USSoccer.com); Golf: World Golf Championships HSBC Champions (Wednesday-Saturday 11pm from Shanghai live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Thursday-Sunday 4:30pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); Exhibition Women’s College Basketball: Catholic University @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), Holy Family @ Maryland (Saturday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Gennady Golovkin vs. Curtis Stevens (Saturday 10pm from New York live on HBO)

10. Drake (Thursday 7pm Verizon Center); Matt Nathanson (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Brett Dennen (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Third Eye Blind (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Cypress Hill (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Fitz and the Tantrums/Capital Cities (Wednesday & Thursday 6:30pm 9:30 Club), The Head and The Heart (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); India.Arie (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre); Marc Broussard (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors (Wednesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Blue Oyster Cult (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Common (Friday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Bootsy Collins (Thursday 8pm Strathmore), Travis Tritt (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Barenaked Ladies (Monday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Passion Pit/Joy Formidable (Thursday 8pm Echostage); Arcade Fire “Reflektor”, Linkin Park “Recharged” and Bad Religion “Christmas Songs” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I enjoy Brett Dennen and his music. And popsicles.

By law, you’re not allowed to tell anyone how much I like Third Eye Blind without my approval.

Fitz and the Tantrums is more fun than hanging out with your best girl. Unless you’re hanging out and listening to Fitz and the Tantrums.

The Head and The Heart are pleasant. Except when they fight. Jerks.

9. Mark Curry (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Tony Rock (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Ender’s Game” and “Last Vegas” out in theaters (Friday); Monsters University” and “R.I.P.D.” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Punkin Chunkin (Friday-Sunday Wheatley Farm); Greek Food & Cultural Festival (Friday-Sunday Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm McHenry Row); Maryland Brewers’ Harvest (Saturday 12pm & 5:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall)

I don’t really see what people enjoy about Punkin Chunkin, really.

Oh. Okay now I do. As far as Monsters University is concerned…

Excellent.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Morgan welcomes Hampton to Hill Field House Saturday

Posted on 01 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
Opponent: Hampton Pirates
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4 p.m.
Record:  MSU 6-11 (3-3); HU 6-13 (3-3)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (116-96 – 7th yr)

Setting the Scene:
Morgan State tips off a two-game homestand Saturday afternoon against Hampton. The Bears beat the Pirates, 80-78 in Hampton, and will look for the season sweep when Hampton comes to Baltimore. Saturday’s game at Hill Field House is set for 4 p.m. (ET). The Bears will enter the game coming off of a 69-61 loss at North Carolina Central. Justin Black and DeWayne Jackson led the Bears with 20 points apiece. Hampton (6-13, 3-3) snapped a 3- game losing skid on Wednesday, beating South Carolina State 64-60 in Orangeburg. Ramon Mercado led the Pirates with 14 points and Dwight Meikle had 13. The meeting with Hampton will be the 68th all-time between the schools, with the Pirates leading the head-to-head series, 39-28.

Bear Bits:
• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 98.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 6-10 while averaging 68 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 17 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58.1 percent (240-413 FT).

• The Bears, who held North Carolina A&T to 4 of 21 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 72 points and opponents are shooting 32 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 53.3 percent against South Carolina State and a season best 65.0 percent from the stripe, with 11 steals versus the South Carolina Gamecocks.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 248 points in 17 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.6 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 6 of the last nine games and ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in scoring at 13.5 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 154 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 5 (No. 1 in the MEAC & No. 26 in the nation). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 33 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 4 (36) in the MEAC by averaging 2.4 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 used a lineup five 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 421 career points and 73 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 8.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT VS. HAMPTON
January 20, 2012 – DeWayne Jackson came off the bench to score 24 points and Morgan State edged Hampton 80-78 Saturday night in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action. Jackson hit 9 of 14 field goal attempts, 3 of 5 from 3-point range, for the Bears. Three teammates also finished in double figures. Anthony Hubbard scored 13 points, Justin Black 12 and Ian Chiles 10. The Bears led 42-33 at halftime, but Hampton (5-11, 2-1) rallied. The Pirates got double-doubles from Deron Powers (19 points, 10 assists) and Emmanuel Okoroba (15 points, 10 rebounds).

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
The Pirates welcome back six veterans, including one starter, from a squad that posted a 12-21 overall record, finished T-8th in the MEAC with a 6-10 ledger. Hampton has a total new look with nine players on this year’s roster, seven of which are freshman. Freshman guard Deron Powers leads the Pirates averaging 11.7 points and is shooting 38 percent from the field. Junior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell leads Hampton on the glass by averaging 6.7 rpg to go along with 7.9 ppg. Head coach Edward Joyner, Jr. (JCSU ’95) enters his fourth season as the Pirates head coach and he currently holds a 56-61 record (.478).

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 (1,404, 474 rebs., 153 asts) needs 97 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 and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .547 (116-96) after 212 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 17 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.6 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 13.5 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 14.6 points (ranked No. 5), 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 13 blocks. He has recorded 17 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

CONTROLLING THE GLASS
The Bears have only out-rebounded 6 of their first 17 opponents so far this season. In fact, the Bears have gone 5-1 in the games in which they’ve won the battle on the boards. MSU’s best rebounding performance was during its season-opening win against UTSA where they held a 52-26 advantage on the glass.

UP NEXT
The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they host MEAC reigning champions Norfolk State at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at Hill Field House.

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Coppin freshman Cole honored by MEAC

Posted on 28 January 2013 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. – Coppin State freshman Patrick Cole earned his third Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honor the league announced on Monday.

Cole averaged 23.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game against Hampton and North Carolina Central.

He scored a career-high 29 points, including making two free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining in overtime, to lead the Eagles to a 67-65 victory at Hampton. He was 9-of-17 from the floor and made 7-of-8 free throw attempts.

Cole then scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds at North Carolina Central.

He also shot 46.7 percent from the floor and 85.7 percent from the free throw line in the two games.

Cole previously won the award on Nov. 12 and Nov. 16.

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Morgan aims to bounce back Saturday at Hampton

Posted on 18 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
Opponent: Hampton Pirates
Site: HU Convocation Center, Hampton, Va.
Game Time: 4 p.m.
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (115-94 – 7th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State (4-9, 1-1) will head to the Tidewater area to take on the Hampton Pirates in a conference matchup at the HU Convocation Center in Hampton, Virginia. MSU will enter Saturday’s contest attempting to rebound from a 78-70 2OT loss at home against Savannah State. DeWayne Jackson and Justin Black led the Bears with 18 points apiece. Hampton Pirates (5-10, 2-0) picked up their third straight win on Monday, beating Quinnipiac 70-64 at the HU Convocation Center. Emmanuel Okoroba and Deron Powers (the reigning MEAC Rookie of the Week) led the Pirates with 16 points. The meeting with Hampton will be the 67th all-time between the schools, with the Pirates leading the head-to-head series, 39-27.

Bear Bits:
• The Bears are looking for its first win against Hampton since January 16, 2012 at Hill Field House.

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 97.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 4-9 while averaging 67 points and 43 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 13 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 59.5 percent (184-309 FT).

• The Bears, who held South Carolina State to 2 of 9 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 73 points and opponents are shooting 33 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 53.3 percent against South Carolina State and a season best 65.0 percent from the stripe, with 11 steals versus the South Carolina Gamecocks.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 187 points in 13 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 6 (14.4 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 4 of the last five games.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 147 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 5 (No. 17 in the nation). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 41 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Morgan State’s Thair Heath has missed only four shots through the first 11 games of the season … Heath is 12-of-16 (75%) from the floor.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks No. 4 (26) 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.

• Morgan State has used the lineup of Heath, Hubbard, Chiles, Jackson and Bozeman for six of the Bears first 12 contests.

LAST TIME OUT VS. HAMPTON
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 6, 2012) – The Bears’ struggles with converting field goals was their undoing at the 2012 MEAC Tournament.  Hampton found their stride with their three-point shooting and Darrion Pellum stepped up late to help them defeat the Bears 69-65 in the first round action of the MEAC Tournament. MSU was very much in the game despite converting only four of 32 field goals in the first half. The Bears outrebounded Hampton by a 48-35 margin that included 21 offensive boards.

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
March 6, 2012 – The Bears’ struggles with converting field goals was their undoing at the 2012 MEAC Tournament.  Hampton found their stride with their three-point shooting and Darrion Pellum stepped up late to help them defeat the Bears 69-65 in the first round action of the MEAC Tournament. MSU was very much in the game despite converting only four of 32 field goals in the first half. The Bears outrebounded Hampton by a 48-35 margin that included 21 offensive boards.

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 (1,343, 448 rebs., 149 asts) needs 11 points to surpass former teammate Kevin Thompson (1,364 points – 2009-12) to become the school’s No. 11 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 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 .550 (115-94) after 209 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 13 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.4 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 13.4 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.1 points and 6.7 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING EARLY ON
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet in the early season, averaging 14.4 points (ranked No. 7), 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists (ranked No. 10) and 2.4 steals (ranked No. 1) per game. Jackson has also registered 10 blocks. He has recorded 12 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

BLACKSTREET
Junior guard Justin Black has been one of the most consistent players for the Bears this season. The 6-foot-2 guard is among the MEAC’s leading scorers (Ranked No. 10 -13.4 ppg) and has scored double-figures 9 of 13 games, including the last five contests. The Dunbar HS product is averaging an impressive 17.5 points and 11 of 12 (91%) from the free throw line thru a pair of MEAC games (17 pts vs. S.C. State and 18 pts vs. Savannah State) and has been in the starting lineup the last three games.

UP NEXT
The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they travel to face the reigning MEAC champion Spartans of Norfolk State at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at Echols Hall.

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Morgan wraps regular season with visit from Hampton

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

GAME TIME
Morgan State (3-6, 2-4 MEAC) continues the 2012 season play in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup against Hampton on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET at Hughes Stadium.  The Pirates are under the leadership of fourth-year head coach Donovan Rose. The Pirates (2-7, 2-5) are coming off a 35-27 loss against Delaware State.  The Bears were beat 30-0 against Norfolk State at William “Dick” Price Stadium.

THE BEARS-PIRATES MATCHUP
• The Bears and Pirates will meet for the 62nd time since 1930. Morgan State leads the series 36-23-2.
•  Nov. 19, 2011 – the Bears fell, 42-18, to Hampton in a game that knocked the Bears to 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Hampton’s freshmen quarterback duo of Travis Champion and Bradford Hudson were solid. Champion completed 13-of-17 passes for 192 yards and tossed three touchdowns, while Hudson was 6-of-13 for 59 yards and threw a touchdown. MSU posted 311 total yards on offense, while the Pirates finished with 405.
• The last time the Pirates played in Hughes Stadium was on Nov. 20, 2010 … Morgan State managed just 10 first downs and 142 yards of total offense, giving up the game-winning touchdown on a 23-yard pass from David Legree to Javaris Brown with 46 seconds left in a 21-16 loss to Hampton. Morgan appeared to have had the game in hand, taking a 16-15 lead with 1:42 left on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Delonte Williams, before allowing the Pirates to drive 78 yards on seven plays in under a minute.

QUICK HITS
Travis Davidson currently ranks 3rd in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rushing with 877 yards (87.7 avg/g). He also ranks No. 1 the MEAC in scoring (78 Pts).
•  QB Robert Council had a rough outing for the Bears at Norfolk State … he completed just 4 of 12 passes 38 yards, and was picked off three times, including one that was returned 15 yards by Deon King for a touchdown.
•  Cornerback Joe Rankin registered his 9th interception of his career, picking off Savannah State quarterback Antonio Bostic in the 1st quarter…He currently is tied for first in the MEAC in INTs with four in 10 games…he also ranks T-No. 3 in passes defended (10) with his freshman teammate DaShaun Summers (6 pass breakups & 2 INTs).
• The MSU defense has collected 11 interceptions (ranked No. 5 in MEAC) through the first 10 games of 2012.
•  The Bears enter Saturday’s contest as the MEAC’s No. 6 ranked scoring offense (21.2 avg/g).
•  True freshman LB Elandon Roberts currently ranks T-No. 2 in the MEAC in tackles by posting 88 tackles with one game left on the schedule. … he recorded a season-high 16 tackles against Delaware State on Oct. 25. Roberts was also added to the 2012 Jerry Rice Award Watch List. The selection puts Roberts among the top freshmen players in the country, adding further recognition to the linebacker’s outstanding first season.
•  Four of the Bears’ losses have been by a total of 10 points – an average of 2.5 points per game.

PIRATES THUMBNAIL
• The Pirates enter Week 10 coming off a 35-27 loss against Delaware State to drop to 2-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
• In 2011, Hampton finished with a 7-4 overall record and 5-3 in the MEAC.
Travis Champion leads the Pirates offense this season. Champion, a 6-2, 218-pounder from Moreno Valley (Calif.) has completed 117 of 191 for 1,223 yards and eight touchdowns, including nine interceptions. He currently ranks No. 3 in passing average (174.7 and No. 6 in pass efficiency (119.4/g).
• Through the first 10 games, RB Jeremiah Schwartz (5-11, 235) is the MEAC’s leading rusher (Ranks 12th in the FCS). The true freshman from Orlando (Fla.) has recorded 167 carries for 930 yards (5.6 avg), including nine TDs.  He rushed for a game-high 136 yards against Delaware State last Saturday. He has rushed for over 100 yards in six of the last 10 games, including a 201 yard outing against Bethune-Cookman.
• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Pirates’ linebacker Delbert Tyler. The junior currently ranks among the league leaders with 75 tackles (ranks 7th), to go along with 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks … he had a season-high 14 tackle outing against Bethune-Cookman.
• The Bears’ defensive unit will face a Hampton line that ranks No. 5 in the league in rushing by averaging 138.9 per contest.
• Through 10 games, the Pirates offense ranks 7th in the MEAC in scoring by posting 21.2 points per contest and ranks 5th in total offense (322.1/g).

JUICE UPDATE
Travis Davidson needs to gain 35 rushing yards to surpass Craig Nelson at No. 9 on the school’s all-time rushing list. “Juice” currently has 1,563 career rushing yards.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK
•  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.
•  Quarterback Robert Council needs just 25 yards to reach 1,000 passing yards for the season.
•  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.

NOVEMBER CHILL
The Bears are 10-20 in November games since the start of the 2002 season and 3-8 at home that month.

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