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Morgan Tries to Bounce Back Against Howard Monday Night

Posted on 06 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL

Game 21
Monday, February 6, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (5-15, 3-6 MEAC) vs. Howard Bison (5-18, 2-8 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 106-78/6th
Career Record: 141-140  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will face the Howard Bison on Monday, Feb. 6 in a “Battle of the Beltway” matchup set to tip at 7:30 p.m. MSU will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak when the Bison come to Hill Field House. Howard will look to bounce back from a 78-65 loss at MD-Eastern Shore on Saturday.
BEAR BITS
• MSU has won eight straight games against the Bison since 2006.
• Kevin Thompson scored a team-high 19 points with 15 rebounds and DeWayne Jackson  scored 17, but Coppin State’s Akeem Ellis hit a pair of free throws with .5 seconds left to help seal an 88-86 win Saturday night at Hill Field House.
• Morgan State will enter Monday night’s contest having lost three straight, including four of its last five games.
• MSU will look to improve upon a 3-4 home record.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 14 of 20 games, and has posted six double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 51 straight games.
• Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 13.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg, including a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14th.
• Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
 
HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-13 (.779) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a loss against Coppin State on Feb. 4.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 4-6 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
 
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 107th victory as MSU’s head coach.
 
•   Give the Bears its fourth home victory of the season.
•   Give the Bears its ninth straight victory against Howard
CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
 Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,089 points,Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
THE SERIES VS. THE BISON
•   Monday night’s game will be the 99th meeting between Morgan State and Howard in men’s basketball. The Bears hold a 58-40 advantage in the series since 1950.
•   MSU has won eight straight against the Bison since 2006,including 10 of the last 11 meetings.
•  The last time MSU defeated Howard at the Hill Field House was Jan. 8, 2011. Kevin Thompson recorded his seventh double-double of the season by halftime, and finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds to help lead Morgan State to a 75-62 home victory. Aric Brooks matched his season-high by scoring 17 points, including 10-for-10 shooting from the free throw line with four assists.
•  The last time Howard defeated the Bears was on February 27, 2006. Joseph McLean posted a game-high 22 points but Morgan State was unable to get the win against Howard at Burr Gymnasium on Monday night. The Bison ran away with a 72-59 victory. HU finished the game with four players scoring in double-figures. Eugene Myatt poured in 19 points with a team-high seven rebounds, while Darryl Hudson scored 16 (10-10 FT).
 
NOTE ON THE BISON
•  Howard has lost nine of its last 10 games … the win was against South Carolina State where they pulled out an 82-76  road victory.
 
•  Senior guard Simuel Frazier is among the league leaders in the assists department. Frazier currently ranks No. 9  by averaging 3.3 assists per game and No 12 in assist/turnover ratio (0.9).
•  Howard is among the league leaders in free throw percentage (ranked No. 5 – 67.3 ppg) and rebounding defense (No. 5 – 35.8/g).
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will face the MD-Eastern Shore Hawks at Hill Field House on Saturday, February 11. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

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Another Chapter of Baltimore’s Best Rivalry as Morgan Hosts Coppin Saturday

Posted on 03 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 20
Saturday, February 4, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (5-14, 3-5 MEAC) vs. Coppin State Eagles (11-11, 3-4 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 106-77/6th
Career Record: 141-139  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

GAME TIME
• Morgan State will face the Coppin State Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 4 in a cross-town matchup set to tip at 4 p.m. MSU will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak when the Eagles come to Hill Field House.

BEAR BITS
Six of the last 12 games in the Morgan State vs. Coppin State series have been decided by 10 points or less.

DeWayne Jackson scored a game-high 24 points (7-12 FG) and Aric Brooks matched his career-high by scoring 18 points, but Hampton’s Christopher Tolson hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute to help seal a 68-63 win Monday night in an ESPNU televised matchup.

Morgan State will enter Saturday night’s contest having lost two straight, including three of its last four games.

• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.

Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 13 of 19 games, and has posted five double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season .. he currently has 1,400 career points and needs to record two more points to move in front of Troy Brown (1,401 pts) as the No. 9 leading scorer in school history.

Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 50 straight games.

Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 13.2 ppg and 3.5 rpg, including a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14th.

Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.

The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.

Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.

HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-11 (.807) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a loss against N.C. A&T on Jan. 21.

A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 4-4 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 107th victory as MSU’s head coach.

•   Give the Bears its fourth home victory of the season.

CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,048 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.

THE SERIES VS. THE EAGLES
•   Saturday’s game will be the 72nd meeting between Morgan State and Coppin State. The Eagles lead the series 50-21 since 1975, including an 11-game winning streak against the Bears from 1989 to 1994.

•   The Bears have won six of the last seven meetings against the Eagles, with the one loss against Coppin State during last year’s season finale.

•  The last time MSU defeated Coppin State at the Hill Field House was Jan. 11, 2011. DeWayne Jackson scored 21 points and Kevin Thompson added 19 points to help knock off Hampton 78-72.Jackson, ranked among the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s leading scorers (16.7 points per game) was 5-of-17 from the field and converted 11-of-12 free throws.

•  Last time vs. CSU — Jordan Lee scored a game-high 19 points in 23 minutes to help lead Coppin State to a 73-60 win against in the regular-season finale in the Physical Education Complex. With the win the Eagles not only snapped a 6-game losing streak to the Bears, but they went into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed

NOTE ON THE EAGLES
•  Coppin State has won two  of its last three games, and three of its last four … the one loss was a 93-92 overtime home loss against North Carolina A&T on Jan. 23rd in Baltimore.

•  Senior guard Tony Gallo continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. Gallo (5-11) ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in scoring by averaging 16.6 points and is shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from 3-point territory. The Lynn, Mass. native is also averaging 2.8 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists (Ranked No. 6).

•  Coppin State is among the league leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (.369), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.691), and is currently ranked No. 2  in scoring offense (72.8 ppg).

•  Coppin State has the top two 3-point shooters in the league. Senior Michael Harper (6-4) leads the MEAC in 3-point percentage (.441) and senior power forward Logan Wiens (6-8) ranks No. 2 (.431).

LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will face Beltway rival Howard at Hill Field House on Monday, February 6. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Morgan Announces 18 Man Recruiting Class For 2012

Posted on 02 February 2012 by WNST Staff

 BALTIMORE, Md. —Morgan State head football coach Donald Hill-Eley announced Wednesday the signing of 18 players to national letters of intent to play for the Bears beginning next fall.
“This is a very exciting class for us,” said MSU coach Donald Hill-Eley. “ We were able to recruit some very talented young men that we needed. We’ve addressed our need for speed on the perimeter and we had to shore up the defensive back area.
Added Hill-Eley, “We feel good about those who have chosen Morgan State University today.”
Of the 18 players who signed national letters of intent Wednesday, four are junior college transfers and 14 are high school recruits. The four JC players include a safety, running back, defensive tackle and a tight end, while the high school class consists of two defensive linemen, offensive linemen, two tight ends, three linebackers, three running backs, three defensive backs, one wide receiver, one offensive lineman, one athlete and one kicker.
“This is one of the classes that I’ll remember because I get a chance to coach two second generations of kids. I coached [Taquan] Jackson’s father at Hampton, where he was an all-conference running back; and I coached [Deshaun] Summer’s father, who also played running back for me.”

“It just says a lot about the profession, and to be in a profession long enough to be able to coach a father and a son will be something I will always remember. It’s a blessing.”

Following is information on each signee with quotes from coach Hill.
2012 MSU Football Recruiting Class
Quincy Dickens, C/OG, 6-4/305, Washington, D.C., Calif./Friendship Collegiate Academy
Armonti Yharbrough, DT, 6-3/275, Romulus, Mich./Bakersfield C.C./Romulus HS
Andrew Mitchell, DT, 6-3/285, Memphis, Tenn./Hamilton HS
Lamar Montgomery, DE, 6-3/245, Baltimore, Md./FUMA/Baltimore C.C.
Heleaince Gates, TE, 6-4/240, Philadelphia, Pa./Delaware Valley Charter
Willie Gillus III, TE/LS, 6-3/235, Suffolk, Va./Nanesmond River HS
Elandon Roberts, LB, 6-1/215, Port Arthur, Texas/Port Arthur Memorial HS
Jareem Augustine, LB, 6-1/215, Port Arthur, Texas/Port Arthur Memorial HS
Taquan Jackson, LB, 6-2/220, Chesapeake, Va./Indian River HS
Lamont Brown III, ATH, 5-10/170, Suffolk, Va./Nanesmond River HS
Jamil Lee, RB, 5-9/190, Joppatown, Md./Joppatown HS
Lavar Highsmith, RB, 6-0/225, Baltimore, Md./Paul Lawrence Dunbar HS
Wesley Nichols, RB, 6-1/220, Bakersfield, Calif./L.A. Harbor College
Tajghi Robertson, S, 6-0/200, Chicago, Ill./Chabot College
Deshaun Summers, CB, 5-9/175, Hampton, Va./Phoebus HS
Deadrick Jones, CB, 5-11/180, Memphis, Tenn./Southwind HS
Thomas Martin, WR, 5-10/175, Naples, Fla./Naples HS
Christopher Moller, K, 5-11/205, Newport News, Va./Woodside HS
Quincy Dickens (C/OG, 6-4, 305)
Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy
Honors: Team MVP
Armonti Yharbrough (DT, 6-3/275)
Romulus, Mich./Bakersfield C.C./Romulus HS
Honors: 2nd Team All-Northern Conference
Andrew Mitchell (DT, 6-3/285)
Memphis, Tenn./Hamilton HS
Honors: 1st Team All District, Memphis All-Star Team
Lamar Montgomery, DE (6-3/245)
Baltimore, Md./FUMA/Baltimore C.C.
Heleaince Gates, TE (6-4/240)
Philadelphia, Pa./ Delaware Valley Charter
Honors: 1st Team All-State TE/DE
Willie Gillus III, TE/LS (6-3/235)
Suffolk, Va./Nanesmond River HS
Elandon Roberts, LB (6-1/215)
Port Arthur, Texas/Port Arthur Memorial HS
Honors: 1st Team All-District, All-Academic Team, All-State Honorable Mention
Jareem Augustine, LB (6-1/215)
Port Arthur, Texas/Port Arthur Memorial HS
Honors: 1st Team All-District, Impact Player of the Year in Texas, All-Academic Team, 4-time Linebacker of the Week
Taquan Jackson, LB (6-2/220)
Chesapeake, Va./Indian River HS
Honors: Team MVP, All-District Team
Lamont Brown III, ATH (5-10/170)
Suffolk, Va./Nanesmond River HS
Honors: 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-Tidewater, 4,000 career-rushing yards
Jamil Lee, RB (5-9/190)
Joppatown, Md./Joppatown HS
Honors: All-State, All-County, All-Area
Lavar Highsmith, RB (6-0/225)
Baltimore, Md./Paul Lawrence Dunbar HS
Honors: State champion
Wesley Nichols, RB, (6-1/220)
Bakersfield, Calif./L.A. Harbor College
Honors: 2nd Team All-Conference
Tajghi Robertson, S, (6-0/200)
Chicago, Ill./Chabot College
Honors: All-Conference, All-California
Deshaun Summers, CB, (5-9/175)
Hampton, Va./Phoebus HS
Honors: 1st Team All-District, 4-time State Champion
Deadrick Jones, CB, (5-11/180)
Memphis, Tenn./Southwind HS
Honors: Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-District, Team MVP
Thomas Martin, WR, (5-10/175)
Naples, Fla./Naples HS
Honors: 1st Team All-Area
Christopher Moller, K (5-11/205)
Newport News, Va./Woodside HS
Honors: Team Virginia Preps 2nd Team, 2nd team All-Region, 1st Team All-Peninsula District

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Morgan State Hosts Liberty in BracketBuster

Posted on 31 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Morgan State to host Liberty in Sears BracketBusters
BALTIMORE, Md. — With the 2012 Sears Bracketbusters officially announced on Monday evening, the Morgan State men’s basketball team will host the Liberty Flames of the Big South Conference on Feb. 18 at Hill Field House. Game time has yet to be determined.
This will be Morgan State’s fourth appearance competing in the series and they will be serving as host for the second time. Last season, MSU hosted VMI in the 2011 Sears BracketBusters, and came away with a 67-62 victory (Feb. 19, 2011).
The last meeting between the Bears and the Flames occurred nearly 30 years ago, as Liberty bested Morgan State, 68-51 on Jan. 22, 1983. As part of the agreement, Morgan State and Liberty will schedule a return meeting in November or December of the 2013-14 season. The rematch will take place in the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va.
All of the Big South’s men’s basketball programs are participating in the same year for the first time, and the conference has the second-most members competing of the 16 leagues involved this season.
Hampton and Delaware State are the only other two teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference participating in the 2012 Sears Bracketbusters, while 11 Big South members are among the overall field of 142 teams, the event’s largest pool ever.
The Bears hold a 2-1 as the only MEAC team to have participated in the  Bracketbusters. MSU defeated Towson, 80-64, in 2009, fell to Murray State, 75-66, in 2010 and beat VMI 66-62 in 2011.
The Big South is 8-16 all-time in the BracketBusters, including two wins in 2006, 2007 and 2010.  The conference also has been selected for national television appearances four times in the past five years:  2007 (ESPN2), 2008 (ESPN2), 2009 (ESPNU) and 2011 (ESPNU).

About Sears BracketBusters
The Sears BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of participating teams from these conferences in NCAA Championship play through the years, provides programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents roughly three weeks before Selection Sunday. Each conference selects its participating teams before the season, and the matchups for the event are determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences. Sears 

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Morgan Wraps Up Tidewater Trip Monday Night at Hampton

Posted on 30 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 19
Monday, January 30, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (5-13, 3-4 MEAC) vs. Hampton Pirates (7-13, 3-4 MEAC)
Hampton, Va. – HU Convocation Center
Television: ESPNU

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 106-76/6th
Career Record: 141-138  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

GAME TIME
• Morgant State will face the Hampton Pirates on Monday, Jan. 30 in an ESPNU televised contest set to tip at 7 p.m. MSU will look to bounce back from a disappointing 76-59 loss at Norfolk State and will attempt to sweep the series against Hampton, before heading back for a five-game homestand.

BEAR BITS
MSU will look to improve upon a 2-8 road records … the eight losses were by an average of 15 points per game. The last road victory posted by the Bears was on Jan. 7th at South Carolina State.

Kyle O’Quinn scored 18 points and posted 12 rebounds to lead the Spartans to an impressive 76-59 victory against Morgan State before a packed crowd Saturday night at Echols Hall. Kevin Thompson led the Bears with 13 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double effort of the season.

Morgan State played the Norfolk State and Hampton games without coach Todd Bozeman, who was on administrative leave. Kevin McClain led the Bears as interim coach.

• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.

Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 13 of 18 games, and has posted five double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.

Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 49 straight games.

Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 12.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg, including a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14th.

Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.

The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.

Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.

HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-11 (.807) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a loss against N.C. A&T on Jan. 21.

A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 4-4 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 107th victory as MSU’s head coach.

•   Give the Bears its third road victory of the season.

•   Give the Bears its fifth consecutive regular season victory against Hampton.

BROOKS’ STREAK AT THE STRIPE IMPROVES TO 25
•   Senior guard Aric Brooks had his string of 25 consecutive free throws snapped Saturday at NorfolkState where he finished the game by going 8 of 10 from the free throw line.
•   The Baltimore product needed to hit four more consecutive free throws in order to best the previous school record, held by former Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes. Holmes hit 28 straight shots from the charity stripe during the 2009-10 season.
•   Brooks has gone 26-of-29 since the Norfolk State game and ranks No. 5 in the MEAC (.796FT).

CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,048 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.

THE SERIES VS. THE PIRATES
•  Monday’s game will be the 32nd meeting between Morgan State and Hampton The Pirates hold a 20-11 all-time record against the Bears.

•  The Bears have won four of the last five meetings against the Pirates, with the one loss against Hampton at last year’s MEAC championship game.

•  The last time MSU defeated Hampton at the HU Convocation Center was Jan. 11, 2010. The Bears finished with four players scoring in double- figures, led by Reggie Holmes who paced the Bears with 16 points to defeat Hampton 73-63. Kevin Thompson and Troy Smith scored 11 points apiece, while DeWayne Jackson added 10 points and seven boards.

NOTE ON THE PIRATES
•  HU’s last win against Morgan State — Hampton got some timely baskets from Darrion Pellum to help the Pirates beat the Bears 60-55 in the MEAC Tournament Championship game at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Darrion Pellum was named to the Most Valuable Player of the tournament

•  Hampton has lost five of its last six games, including a loss on Saturday against Coppin State.

•  Senior All-MEAC guard Darrion Pellum continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. The senior leads the MEAC in scoring by averaging 18.6 points and is shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from 3-point territory. The Hampton, Va. native is also averaging 3.9 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists.

•  > Hampton is currently ranked No. 8 in the MEAC averaging 38.6 rebounds per game, and rank No. 4 in the league in offensive rebounds (36.2/g).

LARRY BASTFIELD’S BIG NIGHT
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield scored a career-high 20 points against the N.C. Central, and calling that unlikely would be an understatement. This season, only three other Bears have scored more than 20 points in a game.

LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will return home to take on cross-town rival Coppin State in a conference matchup on Saturday, February 4. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

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Morgan Visits First Place Norfolk State Saturday

Posted on 28 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 18
Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 6:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (5-12, 3-3 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (15-6, 7-0 MEAC)
Norfolk, Va. – Echols Hall
Radio: N/A
LIVE AUDIO at www.nsuspartans.com (Click “LIve Audio” link under Inside Athletics tab)
LIVE STATS at www.nsuspartans.com

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 106-75/6th
Career Record: 141-137
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

2011 MSU SCHEDULE & RESULTS

OFFICIAL NSU WEBSITE

GAME TIME
• Morgan State will prepare for a trip to the Tidewater to face the Norfolk State Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6:00 p.m. (ET), before playing against Hampton Pirates on Monday, Jan. 30 in an ESPNU televised contest set to tip at 7 p.m. MSU will look to avenge a 90-89 2OT loss to Norfolk State and will attempt to sweep the series against Hampton, before heading back to Baltimore for a five-game homestand.

BEAR BITS
• MSU will look to improve upon a 2-7 road records … the seven losses were by an average of 15 points per game.

• Larry Bastfield scored a career-high 20 points in leading the Morgan State Bears to a 71-64 win over the Eagles of North Carolina Central. Bastfield, the Bears’ starting point guard, made 7 of 14 field goals to notch the most points he had scored since posting 15 points against N.C. A&T on January 31, 2011.

• Morgan State played the NSU and Hampton games without coach Todd Bozeman, who was on administrative leave. Kevin McClain led the Bears as interim coach.

• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.

• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 11 of 17 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.

• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 48 straight games.

• Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 13.0 ppg and 3.4 rpg. Jackson is averaging 18 points over the last five games, including a game-high 33 against Norfolk State.

• Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks so far this season.

• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.

• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.

• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.

A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 4-3 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 107th victory as MSU’s head coach.

•   Give the Bears its third road victory of the season.

•   Give the Bears its 12th victory against Norfolk State since the 1959-69 season.

LARRY BASTFIELD’S BIG NIGHT
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield scored a career-high 20 points against the N.C. Central, and calling that unlikely would be an understatement. This season, only three other Bears have scored more than 20 points in a game.

CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
•  Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,042 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.

BROOKS’ STREAK AT THE STRIPE IMPROVES TO 17
Senior guard Aric Brooks did what he does best on Monday night when he hit his 17th consecutive free-throw since the Bears’ Jan. 14. double-overtime thriller against Norfolk State. The Baltimore product needs to hit 12 more consecutive free throws in order to best the previous school record, held by former Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes. Holmes hit 28 straight shots from the charity stripe during the 2009-10 season. Brooks has gone 18-of-19 since the Norfolk State game and ranks No. 5 in the MEAC (.795 FT).

JACKSON RETURNS TO THEFTY WAYS
Nearly all of DeWayne Jackson’s numbers improved this season from last season, with one notable: Steals. Through his first 17 games, Jackson is averaging 1.6 steals per game, up from 1.4 during the 2010-11. He has recorded 101 thefts in his career.

NOTE ON THE SPARTANS
•  The Spartans hold a 29-11 all-time record against MSU since the series began during the 1959-60 season.

•  NSU swept the series last year by defeating the Bears 76-74 during an ESPU televised game at Hill Field House, and on the road (69-63) at Echols Hall.

•  The last time MSU defeated Norfolk State at Echols Hall was Jan. 31, 2010. The Bears trailed 90-89 with 2:35 left in the extra period, before scoring eight straight. Dewayne Jackson’s dunk gave MSU a 97-90 lead with 24 seconds left. Reggie Holmes scored 19 points, including traditional 3-point play in overtime that gave MSU the lead for good, and the Bears outlasted NSU 100-94.

•  Norfolk State has won eight of its last nine, and sit in control of the conference with a 7-0 record.

•  Kyle O’Quinn has averaged 24 ppg during his last three outings against the Bears, including a 25 point effort during the Spartans double overtime victory at Hill Field House this season.

LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will face Hampton in an ESPNU matchup on Monday, January 30th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 23 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Houston Rockets (Friday 8pm from Houston live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Bobcats (Saturday 7pm from Charlotte live on Comcast SportsNet), Chicago Bulls @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Women’s College Basketball: Virginia Tech @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center); Golf: PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from La Jolla, CA); Monster Jam (Friday-Sunday Verizon Center); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Ruslan Provodnikov vs. David Torres (Friday 9pm from Airway Heights, WA live on ESPN2); High School Basketball: Parkville @ Perry Hall (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Kenwood (Friday 7pm)

10. Miranda Lambert (Thursday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Matt Nathanson (Sunday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); Marc Broussard (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Big Head Todd and the Monsters (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Ryan Adams/Jason Isbell (Tuesday 7:30pm Strathmore); Widespread Panic (Tuesday/Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); FUEL (Saturday 1:30pm Sandy Point State Park)

I feel as though I really shouldn’t admit how much I enjoy this song “Faster” by Matt Nathanson. It’s just that I can’t help it…

Ditto for “Rocksteady” by Marc Broussard…

Ryan Adams has made about a million songs in his life. None top this…

I saw FUEL like five times between 2000-2001. Make fun all you want, but you know you’ll be singing along to this…

9. Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Friday-Saturday Sandy Point State Park); Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday); “Luck” premieres on HBO (Sunday 9pm); 50/50” and “Real Steel” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

You know who’s part of Restaurant Week? A spot I can’t name (because they’re not a sponsor) but who makes the best salad in Charm City…

You know who it is. And you know it’s fantastic.

Also, did everyone see 50/50? I thought it was one of the best movies of 2011 (Clip NSFW)…

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Morgan Hosts NC Central Monday Night

Posted on 23 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL

Game 17
Monday, January 23, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (4-12, 2-3 MEAC) vs. N.C. Central (9-9, 3-2 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-75/6th
Career Record: 140-137  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will prepare to host a N.C. Central Eagles team that had a two-game win streak ended at Coppin State. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Monday, Jan. 23rd at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
BEAR BITS

• N.C. Central has the top scoring offense (74.5/g) in the MEAC and the No. 2 ranked scoring defense (64.3/g).
 
• Adrian Powell made a layup with 15 seconds left and North Carolina A&T held on to beat Morgan State 62-61 Saturday. MSU then missed two potential game-winners in the final 14 seconds as Blake Bozeman came up short on a layup and Ian Chiles on a jumper with 2 seconds remaining.
• MSU played in its first game with head coach Todd Bozeman since being suspended after the South Carolina State game on Jan. 7th.
• Monday night’s game will mark the last of a four-game homestand for the Bears.
• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 10 of 16 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 47 straight games.
• Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 13.3 ppg and3.5 rpg. Jackson is averaging 21 points over the last four games, including a game-high 33 against Norfolk State.
• Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks so far this season.
 
• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
 
HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-11 (.807) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a loss against N.C. A&T on Jan. 21.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 3-3 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
 
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th victory as MSU’s head coach.
 
•   Give the Bears its third home victory of the season.
•   Give the Bears its 40th victory against NC Central since 1938.
CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
 Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,034 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
NOTE ON THE EAGLES
•  North Carolina Central had a two game winning streak snapped by Coppin State on Saturday. The Eagles have won two of its last three games, but has lost in three of its last five outings.
•  N.C. Central’s Dominique Sutton is shooting .592 from the field (ranks No.1 in FG Pct. in the MEAC) and averages 15.6 points per game (ranks No. 5 in scoring), followed by Ray Willis (14.4) and Ebuka Anyaorah (10.4).
•  N.C. Central has the top scoring offense in the conference averaging 74.5 points per game, and has the No. 2 ranked scoring defense by limiting opponents to 64.3 points per game.
•  Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman leads the league by averaging 6.2 assists per contest and ranks No.2 with a 2.5 assist/turnover ratio. Chapman recorded a season-high 14 assists versus Barber Scotia College on Nov. 26, 2011.
 
THE SERIES VS. THE EAGLES
• Monday’s game will be the 84th meeting between Morgan State and N.C. Central (formerly known as N.C. College)
 
•  The Eagles lead the series 44-39 since 1938.
•  The last time the Bears played N.C. Central was during the 1979-80 season when the Bears pulled out a 62-61 victory under Coach Gus Guydon.
•  The last time MSU was defeated by the Eagles was during the 1977-78 season when Coach Aaron Johnson’s Bears were dropped 81-73.
N.C. CENTRAL’S LAST GAME
BALTIMORE, Md. – Coppin State’s 12 three-pointers along with senior Michael Harper’s season-high 28 points was all the host Eagles needed to take down North Carolina Central University 77-57 on Saturday afternoon inside the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, Md. Dominique Sutton finished with a team-high 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting along with seven rebounds, a season-high two steals and two blocked shots. Ray Willis ended the night with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
BLACK OUT ENDED                                              
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black was expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a broken foot…he had a screw placed in his talus bone… but his made his return on Jan. 21 against N.C. A&T and finished the game shooting 0 for 5 from the floor with two assists in 10 minutes. Black had not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season…he is currently averaging 6.0 ppg and 1.7 rpg.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will head south for a conference matchup against Norfolk State on Saturday, January 28th. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Morgan Hosts MEAC Foe NC A&T Saturday

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 16
Saturday, January 21, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (4-11, 2-2 MEAC) vs. N.C. A&T (7-12, 2-2 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-74/6th
Career Record: 140-136  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will prepare to host an N.C. A&T Aggies team that has won three of its last four games. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Saturday, Jan. 21st at 4:00 p.m. (ET)
BEAR BITS
N.C. A&T will enter Hill Field House riding a 2-game winning streak, including a 70-65 win against Howard on Monday night in Washington, D.C.
 
Aric Brooks didn’t miss a shot while matching his career high of 18 points and leading the Bears to a 68-56 win over Hampton on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Brooks came off the bench and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.
MSU played in its third game without head coach Todd Bozeman, who was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation stemming from an incident that apparently occurred near the conclusion of the Bears contest at South Carolina State (Jan. 7). Asst. Coach Kevin McClain assumed coaching responsibilities for the team in the interim.
The game will mark the third of a four-game homestand for the Bears.
• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
 Kevin Thompson ranks among the MEAC leaders in scoring (ranked 11th – 12.7 ppg), rebounding (ranked 3rd – 8.5 rpg) and field goal pct. (ranked 9th – .514).
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 10 of 15 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 46 straight games.
Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 12.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg. Jackson  is averaging 21 points over the last three games, including a game-high 33 against Norfolk State.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
 
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
 
HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-10 (.821) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a home season finale win against Delaware State on Feb. 23.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 3-2 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
 
•   Give the Bears its third home victory of the season.
•   Improve the Bears record to 2-2 under interim head coach Kevin McClain.
CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,014 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
NOTE ON THE AGGIES
•  Aggies guard Nic Simpson continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. The senior leads the MEAC in free throw shooting (.871 pct.) and is averaging 11.3 points. The Hampton, Va. native is also shooting .357 from 3-point territory.
•  A&T leads the conference in defensive rebounding (26.0/g) and is currently ranked No. 2  in the MEAC averaging 7.3 3-pointers per game and No. 3 in assists (13.2/g).
•   Marc Hill, a 5-8 senior guard out of Bowie, Md., leads the Aggies in minutes at 25.3 per game. Hill also leads the team in assists (3.7), field goals made (70), field goals attempted (188) and 3-point field goal shooting (.372). Hill has also taken care of the basketball this season. He has 71 assists against just 40 turnovers.
 
THE SERIES VS. THE AGGIES
•  Saturday’s game will be the 81st meeting between Morgan State and N.C. A&T. The Aggies lead the series 47-33 since the 1950-51 season.
 
• Last vs. the Aggies:  Kevin Thompson put in a dominating performance, coming off the bench to pour in a gamer-high 24 points, grab 12 rebounds and blocked three shots to help MSU defeat N.C. A&T, 77-59 in the quarterfinal round of the MEAC Tournament at Joel Coliseum.
 
•  Morgan State has won eight of the last 10 contests against the Aggies.
•  DeWayne Jackson scored 18 points, including the game-winning free throws with 15.5 seconds left, as MSU edged North Carolina A&T 68-66 at Hill Field House on February 1, 2011.
•  The last time MSU was defeated by the Aggies at Hill Field House was on February 20, 2006 when Jason Wills finished the game with 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead A&T to a 56-52 victory. The game was tied 12 times and there were a total of 11 lead changes. MSU guard Joseph McLean finished with 16 points.
N.C. A&T’S LAST GAME
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Aggies posted 70-65 win over Howard at Burr Gymnasium. The win gave the Aggies (7-12, 2-2) their second straight conference win. Adrian Powell finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Austin Witter had four points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.
BLACK OUT            
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will host N.C. Central in a conference matchup on Monday, January 23rd. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Coppin Forwards Wiens, Williams Honored by MEAC

Posted on 16 January 2012 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State’s Logan Wiens was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week, while Antonio Williams was named the Defensive Player of the Week the league announced on Monday.

Wiens averaged 23.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in leading the Eagles to a road victory over South Carolina State and a home win over Hampton. Wiens scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor in an 82-61 win at South Carolina State and then tied his career-high with 23 points in an 83-66 victory over Hampton.

He shot 72.7 percent from the floor in the two games, including 61.6 percent from the three-point line, and made all six of his free throw attempts.

Williams earned his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor on the strength of his 21-rebound performance against Hampton. The 21 rebounds is a conference high this season and ranks fifth in Coppin State history.

He averaged 9.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per outing in the two games and also averaged 2.0 assists.

Ricky Johnson of Bethune-Cookman was named the conference Rookie of the Week.

Coppin hosts Norfolk State Monday at 7:30pm at the Coppin State Physical Education Complex in a Martin Luther King Day showdown.

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