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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 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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Morgan Hosts Norfolk State Saturday Amidst Controversy

Posted on 14 January 2012 by WNST Staff

BEARS RETURN HOME TO FACE CONFERENCE LEADER NORFOLK STATE ON SATURDAY

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 14
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 4 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (3-10, 1-1 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (12-5, 4-0 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 returns from a four-game road swing to face the conference-leader Norfolk State Spartans. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Saturday, Jan. 16th at 4 p.m. (ET). It will be MSU’s first of a four-game homestand, and will mark just the third home game of the season.
BEAR BITS
NSU will enter Hill Field House riding a 5-game winning streak, including a 68-48 win against Howard on Monday night in Echols Hall.
 
DeWayne Jackson scored a game-high 23 points, but a Rashad Hassan dunk in the final minute turned out to be the game winner as the Tigers held on to a 57-55 victory over the Bears on Monday night.
MSU played 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 last Saturday. Asst. Coach Kevin McClain assumed coaching responsibilities for the team in the interim.
 
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 MEAC record.
• 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 leads the Bears and ranks among the MEAC leaders in scoring (ranked 8th – 13.6 ppg), rebounding (ranked 3rd – 8.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (ranked 5th – .544).
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in nine of 13 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 44 straight games.
Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.  He currently has 1,342 points and 1,069 rebounds in his career.
 
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.
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 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 2-1 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th win as MSU’s head coach.
•   Give the Bears its third road victory of the season.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 141 career wins.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 64-20 (.761) since joining the Bears in 2006.
•  Give the Bears its first victory against Norfolk State since an 88-87 double-overtime victory against the Spartans on February 27, 2010 at Hill Field House.
CHASING 1,000
• 
Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 973 points, and needs 27 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE SPARTANS
• The Spartans hold a 28-11 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 ESPNU televised game at Hill Field House, and on the road (69-63) at Echols Hall … The Spartans’ standout center Kyle O’Quinn averaged 23.5 ppg against the Bears.
 
•  NSU is ranked first place in the MEAC following its win over Howard and losses by B-CU and Morgan State.
TIGERS LAST GAME OUT
Chris McEachin and Pendarvis Williams scored 16 points apiece and the Norfolk State defense turned in one of its finest efforts of the season in the Spartans’ fifth straight win, a 68-48 decision over Howard on Monday night at Echols Hall. The win helps the Spartans improve to 12-5 overall, 4-0 in the MEAC, their best MEAC start since 2004-05. NSU hounded Howard (4-14, 1-4) into 27 percent shooting and forced 18 Bison turnovers.
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 Hampton in an ESPNU nationally televised game conference on Monday, January 16.

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Towson’s Ambrose Wins Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

Posted on 05 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) – Before the season started, Towson was picked to finish last in CAA Football.

However, the Tigers turned the standings upside down this season, putting together a 9-3 record, winning an outright CAA title and hosting a game in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Having guided his team to new heights, Towson coach Rob Ambrose was honored as the 2011 Eddie Robinson Award recipient, given annually to the FCS Coach of the Year. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.

Ambrose is the 25th recipient of the award, which is named for legendary Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson, the second- winningest coach in Division I history with 408 victories.

Now in his third season as a head coach, it was rocky at first for Ambrose, a Towson alumnus, as his teams struggled to 2-9 and 1-10 finishes in his first two seasons.

“You have to get to a point where you can actually discuss winning, and it took two years before that could even be a conversation,” Ambrose said. “The first time I walked out on the field against a CAA team and looked at my guys versus another CAA team, we looked like a JV team, and I’m thinking ‘My gosh, this is terrible.'”

This season, winning was finally part of the discussion, as the Tigers went 5-2 against teams ranked in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 and reeled off three different three-game winning streaks. Towson hadn’t had a three-game winning streak since 2006.

Ambrose appeared on 110 of the 132 ballots and received 59 first-place votes, edging out Sam Houston State’s Willie Fritz.

Ambrose is the fourth coach from the CAA (formerly the Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference) to win the Eddie Robinson Award, and the first since James Madison coach Mickey Matthews was honored in 2008.

Eddie Robinson Award Voting……..1st….2nd….3rd….4th….5th….Total

1. Rob Ambrose, Towson………….59…..25……9…..14……3…..453

2. Willie Fritz, Sam Houston St….40…..29…..25…..13……7…..424

3. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion…….7…..15…..24…..13…..17…..210

4. Craig Bohl, North Dakota State…2…..13……9…..11…..16…..127

5. Pete Adrian, Norfolk State…….7……5……6……9…..14…..105

6. Andy Coen, Lehigh…………….3……7…..10…..10……3……96

7. Kevin Kelly, Georgetown……….2……8……7…..12……8……95

8. Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern….2……5……9…..11……7……86

9. Watson Brown, Tennessee Tech…..4……5……4……8……9……77

10. Tim Murphy, Harvard…………..1……6……5……0……9……53

11. Chuck Priore, Stony Brook……..0……2……4……7……7……41

12. Anthony Jones, Alabama A&M…….2……2……2……4……4……36

13. Bob Ford, Albany……………..1……2……4……4……2……35

14. Nigel Burton, Portland State…..0……1……4……4……2……26

15. Robin Pflugrad, Montana……….1……1……2……3……4……25

16. Chris Mussman, North Dakota……0……1……2……1…..10……22

17. Gary Harrell, Howard………….0……3……0……3……2……20

18. Clint Conque, Central Arkansas…0……1……1……3……4……17

19. Ron Garagher, San Diego……….1……1……2……0……1……16

20. Chris Creighton, Drake………..0……0……3……1……3……14

21. *Jack Cosgrove, Maine…………0……0……0……1……0…….2

* – Write-in vote.

Voting points on 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

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Towson RB West Named Jerry Rice Award Winner

Posted on 05 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) – It was a season that almost wasn’t for Towson freshman running back Terrance West, as he nearly redshirted and sat out the first game of the season.

But, after his redshirt was lifted, teams couldn’t keep the 5-foot-11, 222-pound freshman out of the end zone. West rushed for 27 touchdowns in the regular season, ranking No. 1 in the FCS.

West was honored with the inaugural Jerry Rice Award, which is awarded to the outstanding freshman in the FCS. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.

“It feels very good to be going to the Jerry Rice Award (presentation),” West said.

A Baltimore native, West didn’t earn a scholarship until halfway through his superb season and before that the talented freshman struggled to even find a place to play, at times nearly going to Clemson, Maryland and Morgan State.

“We got him in the door and all he wanted was an opportunity,” Towson coach Rob Ambrose said. “He wasn’t on scholarship, he was here all spring and most of this semester not on scholarship. I told him, ‘I’m going to give you the same deal I give everybody else, you’ll get what you earn.'”

West made his season debut the second week of the season and rushed for two touchdowns in a win against Villanova. It was the first of nine multi- touchdown games for West (he finished with 29 total scores after a playoff loss to Lehigh).

Setting the Towson record for touchdown runs in a season, West had three four-touchdown games and helped the Tigers to a CAA Football title, the first in program history.

The Jerry Rice Award is named after the NFL Hall of Famer, who had an All-America career at Mississippi Valley State.

West was a runaway winner of the award, receiving 89 of the 132 first- place votes, 74 more than Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who finished second in the balloting.

In addition to West winning the Jerry Rice Award, his head coach, Rob Ambrose, was honored as the Eddie Robinson Award winner, presented to the FCS Coach of The Year.

Jerry Rice Award Voting…………1st….2nd….3rd….4th….5th….Total

1. Terrance West, Towson………..89…..14……6……6……2…..533

2. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion…15…..51…..17…..11……7…..359

3. Austin Sumner, South Dakota St…8…..21…..16…..20……9…..221

4. David Johnson, Northern Iowa…..2……4…..23…..16…..13…..140

5. Chuck Diblio, Princeton……….3……5…..17…..13…..17…..129

6. Christian Bryan, Youngstown St…6……6…..10……8…..15…..115

7. Michael German, Tennessee St…..4……5……5…..10……7……82

8. D’Vonte Grant, No Carolina A&T…2……4……5…..14……3……72

9. Dillon Lucas, Villanova……….0……1…..10……6…..10……56

10T.Jordan Wells, SE Louisiana…….1……6……2……4……6……49

10T.Greg McGhee, Howard…………..1……5……4……2……8……49

12. Neal Stirling, Monmouth……….1……2……5……4…..11……47

13. Will Whitman, Harvard…………0……1……5……5……8……37

14. Mike Crutcher, Missouri State….0……3……0……4……4……24

15. R.J. Harris, New Hampshire…….0……2……1……2……3……18

16. Brady Measom, Southern Utah……0……1……2……1……1……13

17. Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette…….0……1……1……0……4……11

18. Brandon White, San Diego………0……0……1……2……1…….8

19. Julian Hayes, Monmouth………..0……0……0……2……3…….7

20. Jake Miller, Eastern Washington..0……0……1……1……0…….5

21. *Terrell Robinson, Chattanooga…0……0……1……0……0…….3

22. *Dominique Swope, Ga. Southern…0……0……0……1……0…….2

* – Write-in vote.

Voting points on 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

 

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UMBC Visits Rider Thursday Night

Posted on 22 December 2011 by WNST Staff

UMBC faces its first nationally-ranked opponent in over a year when the Retrievers meet Indiana for the first time at famed Assembly Hall on Thursday, Dec. 22. UMBC’s took on 2011 national champion Connecticut on Dec. 3, 2010, falling, 94-61, to the Huskies.  Tip-off time is set for 6:00 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3 with Steve Andress and Perry Clark on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC staged a furious rally, coming back from 14 points down and seven minutes to play and took visiting Rider to overtime on Dec. 17, but the Broncs prevailed, 73-66 in extra time. In a pair of home losses last week, UMBC amassed 51 offensive rebounds, but shot less than 32 percent from the floor in both setbacks. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (14.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg) has recorded three consecutive double-doubles and was named America East Conference Player of the Week.

HOOSIER UPDATE:  No. 17/18 Indiana (11-0) has been dominant, opening with a 96-66 win over America East member Stony Brook and, most recently, pounding Howard, 107-50 on Dec. 19. In between, they have wins over N.C. State , Notre Dame and No. 1 Kentucky (73-72). Five Hoosiers average in double figures, led by 6’11” freshman post Cody Zeller at 15.3 ppg.  He is shooting 65.6% (61-of-93) from the floor, while junior guard Jordan Hulls (11.7 ppg) is hitting 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from behind the arc.

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC completes the 2011 portion of the schedule at Niagara University on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

UMBC vs. the big ten: The Retrievers are 1-11 against the current membership of the Big Ten, with the lone win occurring at new member Nebraska in December of 2008.

The 66-64 win over the Cornhuskers on Dec.23, 2008 snapped the nation’s eighth-longest non-conference winning streak at the time.  It still stands as UMBC’s top victory from an RPI perspective, as NU was ranked No. 53 at the time.

UMBC’s most recent contest vs. a Big Ten foe occurred in the 2009-10 season, when they fell at Penn State, 58-42.

* Sophomore Quentin Jones is expected to start his eighth consecutive game at Indiana. The local product (Mount St. Joseph) and junior college transfer (Wallace State-Ala.) is a walk-on to the program and started the season at No. 4 on the depth chart at point guard. But with injuries to freshmen  Jarrel Lane (has not played in eight games to date) and Joey Getz (injured in game No. 3 vs. Loyola) and the departure of De La Rosa, Jones continues to quarterback the team and has produced 4.6 points per game.

* UMBC dropped its third consecutive season opener in the 59-45 loss to Penn on Nov. 11, 2011.

* UMBC did not hit a 3-point field goal vs. Penn, going without a trey for the ninth time in school history. The last time UMBC did not convert from behind the arc was Dec. 30, 2008 at Saint Louis.

* UMBC’s win at Towson on Dec. 10 snapped a 13-game slide dating back to the 2010-11 campaign.  The last victory was a 84-79  decision at Maine on Feb. 6, 2011.  The Retrievers are looking to break a seven-game home losing streak which extends back to a Feb. 3, 2011 victory over visiting Binghamton.

* UMBC has outrebounded eight of its first ten opponents. The Retrievers have collected 156 offensive rebounds through ten games, posting double figures in each.  However, UMBC has only 114 second-chance points off of the extra 156 possessions. UMBC’s +3.9 rebound margin is 31st in the nation entering the week and the 40.4 rebuonds per game is tied with Florida and UCSB for 21st place.

*  The young lineup is taking its toll on UMBC, as the Retrievers committed a season-high 21 turnovers vs. Loyola, exceeding the 20-turnover margin for the third consecutive game. They have 20 or more miscues in four of ten games to date, but did post a season-low eight vs. Morgan State Dec. 14.

*  The Retriever increased their scoring output in each of the first four games, going from 45 to 59 to 63 to 79, but have not reached the 70-point plateau since the 84-79 setback at VMI.

*  UMBC’s 53.8 percent marksmanship from the floor at VMI was its best since hitting 32 of 58 (55.2%) at New Hampshire on Feb. 24, 2010.

*  UMBC was tied with both VMI and Central Connecticut State with 10:00 on the second-half clock, but failed to produce a victory in either contest.

* The combined record of UMBC’s first seven opponents through Dec. 6 was 33-23 (.589).

* The win over Towson snapped a four-game slide to the Tigers in the 53rd meeting between the schools… It also snapped a streak of 10 consecutive losses to Baltimore-area Division I schools dating back to a Nov. 29, 2007 victory over Morgan State.

* UMBC snared a season high 11 steals vs. Morgan State on Dec. 14. It is the most steals in a game for a Retriever team since capturing 13 vs. Goucher on Dec. 8, 2007.

* The 53 rebounds recorded by the Retrievers vs. Rider was the most by a UMBC team since they corralled 55 vs. Monmouth on Jan. 26, 2002.

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UMBC Hoops Continues Road Swing Thursday Night at American

Posted on 01 December 2011 by WNST Staff

UMBC will face American for the fifth consecutive season on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Bender Arena and the Retrievers hope the home court disadvantage trend continues. The road team has won the last four meetings, including an Eagle 66-53 victory at the RAC Arena last season. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live by Comcast Sports Net-Plus; check local listings for broadcast outlets.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC dropped to 0-6 as a hot-shooting Rutgers team handed the Retrievers a 94-56 defeat in Piscataway, N.J. on Monday evening. The young Retrievers’ margin of defeat has been -30.5 vs. two Big East opponents and -9.3 in the other four contests. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer posted his fifth game in double figures with 11 points at Rutgers and junior guard Ryan Cook debuted with 11 points in a reserve role. 

EAGLE UPDATE:  American (5-2) has won five consecutive games,  surviving a few close calls before a 77-66 victory over visiting Howard on Tuesday. The Eagles margin of victory in wins over Florida Atlantic, Columbia, Quinnipiac and Cornell was 4.3 points per game. Senior forward Charles Hinkle leads the Eagle attack with 23.0 points per game and has gotten to the free throw line a stunning 81 times (69 of 81, 85.2%) through seven games. Frontcourt mate Riley Grafft led AU with 21 points in 20 minutes vs. Howard.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC is off until Dec. 10 when they travel across the beltway to face Towson (7:00 p.m.).

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Wings End Caps Win Streak at 9

Posted on 16 March 2011 by Ed Frankovic

For nearly 50 minutes, the Washington Capitals played a very solid road game in pursuit of their 10th straight victory. But then Mike Knuble took a bad penalty in the offensive zone and Henrik Zetterberg scored shortside on Michal Neuvirth from a bad angle and Detroit went on to win, 3-2. The Capitals once again dressed a depleted lineup without their top two injured centers in Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Arnott as well as their top defenseman, Mike Green. With Eric Fehr also out of the lineup due to an upper body injury suffered the previous night in Montreal, DJ King dressed for Washington. The loss drops the Caps record to 41-21-10.

Here are the highlights and analysis of a game in which the Caps had a good chance to steal at least a point up until the infraction by Knuble:

– After a dominant performance in Montreal on Tuesday night it was clear the Caps were extremely tired in Motown. The Wings routinely beat them to the puck and that translated into Detroit dominance on the shot board (35-28). Detroit took advantage of a fatigued Caps club on the rush all night by backing the Washington defenseman up and then finding the late guy in the slot for quality chances. The Capitals forwards did not back check nor apply pressure well and the Wings made them pay. Both of the first two Detroit tallies were the result of players being found in the slot for shots or a via a tip in.

– Neuvirth (32 saves) had a mixed bag of a game but a lot of that was on the guys in front of him who didn’t allow him to see the puck a whole lot in this tilt. Detroit did a great job of getting traffic and if they could have hit the net more this game might have been more lopsided on the scoreboard. For most of the contest #30 did not give up many rebounds and he froze the biscuit often in an attempt to slow the game down and his give club some rest. However, on the game winner by Zetterberg (2 goals), he went down too soon, gave up the near post and the crafty Swedish veteran made the young goalie pay. So the combination of a really bad and lazy penalty by #22 and a goaltending mistake cost Washington success in the Motor city.

– In order for Washington to win they were going to need their star players and their goalie to deliver big performances. Neuvirth did his job for nearly 50 minutes but the Great #8 (26:01 of ice time) and Semin didn’t get it done, especially #28. Ovechkin did have a nice goal after a decent feed from Semin, but the team did not get enough rubber on Jimmy Howard (26 saves), who is not known as one of the better goalies in the league, because he is not. Semin only had two shots on net and he has not looked good now in two straight games with #44 out of the lineup. He was a definite passenger on Wednesday night despite hitting the post very late in the contest. Ovechkin ended with seven shots on goal but he had 0 until his 29th goal of the season came over 25 minutes into the game.

– With Arnott and Green out, the Capitals power play looked more anemic than usual. Ovechkin saw more time at the point and he was awful. In his defense, none of the other power play guys were any good either. Every Cap held onto the biscuit too long, didn’t move enough, and failed to shoot the puck. In four man advantage attempts, the Capitals only had five shots on net, that is downright terrible.

– In summary, you could see this loss coming given all of the injuries but Washington had a chance in the third period in a tie game to keep things rolling but a couple of mental mistakes cost them. Next up are the red hot New Jersey Devils on Friday night on the third game of this grueling road trip with likely the same depleted lineup, that one will be a tough win as well.

Notes: Brian Rafalski (3 assists, +2) was the best player on the ice tonight. The Detroit d-man is really good…the Wings smoked the Caps on face-offs 35-21 with Brooks Laich going 4-15…Dennis Wideman led the Caps in ice time with 27:54. #6 got hit with the puck at least twice and also was shoved in the back of the head behind the Washington net by a Red Wing early on. That guy is as tough as advertised…Matt Hendricks was -2 and was one of the forwards who really struggled with coverage in the Caps zone.

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Caps Get Day Off; NHL Playoff Predictions

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Ed Frankovic

Caps Update

The Washington Capitals players had the day off on Monday but Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau was out at Kettler Ice Plex studying film of the Montreal Canadiens in preparation for Thursday’s playoff opener at the Verizon Center (7pm on Comcast HD). The Capitals, who finished the regular season with 121 points (54-15-13) will take on a Habs team that struggled in its’ last 10 games (3-4-3) and barely held off a hard charging New York Rangers club (7-1-2 in last 10) for the eighth and final playoff spot. Montreal went 39-33-10 (88 points) and on paper this appears like a mismatch despite the fact that the season series saw each team win a game after regulation had ended with the other two contests being decided by one and two goals, respectively. Many predictions, outside of the city of Montreal, have the Caps winning this one rather quickly.

But the playoffs are a totally different animal and the intensity will be high. There are several things for Boudreau to look at and examine but one of the first has to be to find some weaknesses in a pair of very good goaltenders. Carey Price, who played all four games in the regular season series between these two teams, went 13-20-5 on the year but he had a .912 save percentage. Jaroslav Halak, who pretty much carried Team Slovakia into the final four of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, was 26-13-5 with a .924 save percentage and appears to have won the number one goalie job going into the post season. Both of these goalies are very good and if one stumbles, the Caps aren’t getting any bargains if the other one gets an opportunity. A big key for Washington will be to get traffic on either goalie, fire the puck on net, and go for rebounds, something they did very well at times this season with the addition of Mike Knuble (29 goals).

Montreal struggles to score, tallying only 217 times counting shootout goals, and only six teams in the NHL lit the lamp on fewer occassions. However, their leading point scorer, Tomas Plekenac (25 goals, 45 assists), owns the Caps and he had four goals, an assist, and was +2 in the four meetings between these squads. #14 is a small, shifty center that gives Washington fits and will likely be someone the team focuses on slowing down. The Canadiens had the second best power play in the NHL, behind the Caps, and are ancored by defenseman Andrei Markov’s booming shot. #79 had six goals, 28 assists and was a team high +11 while playing just 45 games (injured for most of the first half of the season).

I will be out at Caps practice on Tuesday and will bring you more information on this matchup before unleashing my series prediction on Wednesday night.

NHL Playoff Predictions

There are seven other series to open the Stanley Cup playoffs, which start on Wednesday night on VERSUS (games also on NHL Centre Ice package). Here is a quick preview and prediction on each matchup:

Eastern Conference:

#2 New Jersey Devils vs. #7 Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers won five of the six games between these two teams in the regular season and Devils goalie Martin Brodeur does have his problems with Philly, at times. But with Brian Boucher in goal for the Flyers because of injuries to Ray Emery and Michael Leighton, I just don’t see Philly being able to stop a team that has Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, Travis Zajac, Patrick Elias, and Jamie Langenbrunner. Philadelphia scored 236 goals (includes shootout goals) and is led up front by Mike Richards (31), Jeff Carter (33), and Daniel Briere (26). However, Carter is coming off of a fractured foot so he is not 100%. The Pick: Devils in 6

#3 Buffalo Sabres vs. #6 Boston Bruins: It remains to be seen if Sabres forward Tim Connolly (missed last 9 games due to a foot injury) will be ready for the post season. Connolly had 65 points and is a highly skilled, but very injury prone player.  In addition, Jochen Hecht and Drew Stafford are both banged up for Buffalo while Boston looks to be without Marc Savard, who has not played since being knocked out by that vicious and dirty hit from Matt Cooke of Pittsburgh. One question I have is how much does Ryan Miller, who has carried this Sabres club, have left in the tank? The Bruins appear to be going with Tuukka Rask instead of Team USA backup goalie Tim Thomas. The Pick: Sabres in 7.

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Ottawa Senators: This will be the 3rd playoff meeting in four years for these two squads. Ottawa received a big blow losing forward Alexei Kovalev for the season with a knee injury. The Sens have gotten super goaltending from Brian Elliott and Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson have played exceptionally well in the second half of the season. But the Penguins, who on paper don’t appear to be as good as last season, have just too much for GM Bryan Murray’s club with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jordan Staal up the middle and Marc-Andre Fleury in net. The Pick: Penguins in 5

Western Conference

#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Colorado Avalanche:  The Sharks, who historically have done well in the regular season and then struggled in the post season, have a super top line of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, and Patrick Marleau. Their defense is anchored by Stanley Cup veterans Dan Boyle and Rob Blake. Between the pipes it is Evgeni Nabokov, who has had his struggles this year and in the Olympics for Team Russia. The Avalanche, who finished last in the West in 2008-09 were the surprise team of the season getting major contributions from rookies Matt Duchense and Ryan O’Reilly. Noone was more important to the Avs than goalie Craig Anderson, who was signed as a free agent from Florida and carried this club on his back. However, the clock has struck midnight for this young team coached by former Capital Joe Sacco. The Pick: Sharks Sweep in 4.

#2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #7 Nashville Predators: The Hawks were the chic pick last summer to win it all with young superstar forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. They have a super blue line led by Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook but their puck rushing and power play specialist, Brian Campbell, is still out with a fractured clavicle. Chicago has goalie issues but will likely go with Antti Niemi (26-7-4) over Cristobal Huet (26-14-4). Niemi’s save percentage was .912 to Huet’s .895, a big difference. The Predators get great coaching from former Baltimore Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz and former Caps GM David Poile, who with a limited budget to work with, seems to accomplish things with mirrors year in and year out. The Preds have a great defensive trio of Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Dan Hamhuis that will have their work cut out for them against the high flying Blackhawks. The Pick: Chicago in 7.

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 Los Angeles Kings: Vancouver has the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, Ryan Kesler, and Alexander Burrows up front to go with Team Canada Olympic gold medal winning goalie Roberto Luongo. The Kings, who are guided by former Capitals and Skipjacks Coach Terry Murray are a young team that exceeded expectations thanks primarily to great goaltending from American Jonathan Quick. The Kings have talented and physical 20 year old defenseman Drew Doughty and some skilled forwards in Anze Kopitar and Alexandre Frolov but they also have gritty ones in team captain Dustin Brown and Ryan Smyth. Smyth and Brown are both players who will go to the net for the ugly goals, but scoring on Luongo is very difficult. The Pick: Canucks in 6

#4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. #5 Detroit Red Wings: Phoenix, along with LA and Colorado, were a surprise to make the playoffs but goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was sensational and former Capital Dave Tippett did a wonderful job of getting Shane Doan to adjust his game to mesh with some younger forwards. The result was the best season in Coyotes history. That won’t matter though as the vaunted Wings are finally healthy and appear to be clicking on all cylinders. Rookie Jimmy Howard has seized the goaltending job from Chris Osgood. Detroit still has Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski on defense and up front Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have really elevated their games since the Olympic Break. GM Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock also got Johan Franzen back from an ACL injury in early February. When healthy, this team is scary good. The Pick: Wings Sweep in 4.

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LIVE CHAT HERE NOW: Snowed in? So are we! Join our “superchat”

Posted on 19 December 2009 by WNST Staff

At 5 p.m. today we’re opening WNST.net up to Baltimore sports fans for a giant conversation. We’re going to call it the “Baltimore Blizzard White Room” chat at sundown when we’ll convene in our first-ever “online super chat room.” In lieu of opening up our traditional radio station at AM 1570, we’ll just open it here at WNST.net for anyone with a Facebook, Twitter account or a laptop, netbook or desktop. Hell, you can even use your mobile device, but no one is going anywhere!

So, get your shoveling done, bake your cookies, ice down your beer, reheat your pizza and come by and participate in Baltimore’s biggest and best “Blizzard” bar stool. We’ll chat about whatever is on your mind and we’ll watch the Saints-Cowboys game together.

All Baltimore sports fans and “shut ins” are welcome to attend and participate.

We’re all in this together…

Just click here for the link to the “White Room” chat…

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