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Coppin Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Class

Posted on 15 February 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — The Coppin State department of athletics announced today its inaugural Hall of Fame class. The six Hall of Fame members will be honored at a ceremony from 7-8 p.m. in Baltimore at the Forum Caterers on Friday, Feb. 17. The Hall of Fame class will also be honored during halftime of the Coppin State-Howard men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Physical Education Complex.

The inaugural Hall of Fame class includes former men’s basketball coach John Bates, men’s track and field performer Nicholas Eugene, men’s basketball and men’s track and field athlete Clayton McNeill, men’s basketball player Joe Pace, women’s track and field athlete Diana Pitts and men’s basketball player Larry Stewart.

“Our inaugural class showcases the rich history and tradition of Coppin State,” said director of athletics Derrick Ramsey. “We take great pride in honoring and recognizing the special talents displayed by our Hall of Fame members during their time at Coppin State.”

Bates led Coppin State to its only national championship when he guided the men’s basketball team to the NAIA Championship in 1976. The Eagles compiled a 39-2 record during the 1975-76 season, which culminated with a 96-91 victory over Henderson State in the championship game. He led the Eagles to a 32-3 record the following season and compiled a 209-121 overall record in 12 seasons at Coppin State. He ranks second all-time in victories and led CSU to the Potomac Intercollegiate Conference Championship in 1974-75, 1975-76 and 1976-77.

Eugene stands as one of the top distance runners in Coppin State track and field history. He is the Coppin State indoor record holder in the 1500 meters and ranks third all-time in the 1500 meters outdoors. He helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship in 1991 and 1992. He finished third overall at the 1991 championships and then finished first overall at the 1992 championships. He won the 5000 meter indoor MEAC championship in 1994 and earned six top-five finishes during his indoor career. He also had three top-five finishes at the MEAC Outdoor Championships.

McNeill left a lasting impression on Coppin State University as a student-athlete and an administrator both within the athletic department and the University. McNeill was a student-athlete at Coppin State from 1966-69 and participated in basketball, baseball and track and field. He was a guard and forward on Coppin State’s first conference championship team, which won the 1968 Potomac Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics and education from Coppin State in 1969, his master’s of education from Coppin State in 1975 and his doctor of education degree from Temple in 1986. He served as the athletic director at Coppin State from 1992-96 and led the Eagles to seven MEAC Championships in four different sports. He served as the Coppin State director of Coppin Urban Resource Exchange, director of student activities, director of auxiliary enterprises, acting associate dean of the university and vice president of student life.

Pace ranks as one of the greatest players in Coppin State history and led the Eagles to the 1976 NAIA National Championship. He scored 43 points in leading Coppin State to a 96-91 victory over Henderson State in the championship game and was named the tournament’s most valuable player. He ranks ninth in Coppin State history with 1,313 points and is second with 978 rebounds. He is the all-time leader at Coppin State with career averages of 22.3 points and 18.6 rebounds per game. He was named an NAIA All-American in both 1975 and 1976 and was named to the Associated Press College Division All-American team in 1976. Pace was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft by the Washington Bullets where he spent two seasons.

Pitts was the first Coppin State track athlete, male or female, to earn All-America honors. She earned outdoor All-America accolades at the 1993 and 1994 championships in the 800 meters and remains the only two-time honoree in school history. She captured seven conference championships including winning the 800 meters, the 1500 meters and the 3000 meters at the 1994 MEAC Indoor Championships. She is the Coppin State record holder in the 500 meters, 1000 meters, 1500 meters and the mile indoors and the 400 meters, 800 meters and 1500 meters outdoors.

Stewart was a two-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was a three-time All-MEAC selection. He helped lead Coppin State to its first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1990 and helped lay the groundwork for the success that would follow. He ranks as the third leading scorer in Coppin State history with 1,824 points and is the all-time leader with 1,052 rebounds. He is the only player in school history to surpass both 1,000 career points and rebounds. After leaving Coppin State he played for four seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Washington Bullets and the Seattle Supersonics and became the first undrafted rookie named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.

The Coppin State University Athletic Hall of Fame was established to pay tribute and give recognition to former student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have significantly contributed to the athlete success and history of the institution.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Northern Trust Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Pacific Palisades, CA), Champions Tour ACE Group Classic (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from Naples, FL on Golf Channel), Honda LPGA Thailand (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Chonburi, Thailand on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Duke @ Maryland (Sunday 3pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Soccer: MISL Milwaukee Wave @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); Boxing: ShoBox-Thomas Dulorme vs. Jose Reynoso (Friday 11pm from Santa Ynez, CA live on Showtime), Paul Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida (Saturday 10pm from Corpus Christi, TX live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights-John Molina vs. Marvin Quintero (Friday 9pm from Arlington, TX live on ESPN2); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Hereford (Wednesday 6:30pm); Roller Derby: Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena)

10. They Might Be Giants (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Hunter Hayes (Wednesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Biohazard (Thursday 7pm Recher Theatre), Less Than Jake (Saturday 7pm Recher Theatre); Gary Puckett and The Union Gap (Thursday & Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), America (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm Rams Head on Stage), Ben Lee (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Sleigh Bells (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Mos Def (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); New Edition (Thursday 7pm Show Place Arena); Peter Frampton (Sunday 8pm Warner Theatre); Amos Lee “As The Crow Flies” available on iTunes/in stores (Tuesday)

I had never heard Hunter Hayes until last week. I don’t like all country music, but I will be forced to admit I enjoy this country music…

Here’s Less Than Jake doing David Cassidy because they can…

I get steamed up for Gary Puckett. Now I miss WQSR…

Other than the fact that he’s talented, Mos Def and I are exactly the same…

9. Royal Comedy Tour feat. Sommore, Tony Rock, Bruce Bruce, Mark Curry, Earthquake (Friday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); Kevin Hart (Tuesday-Thursday 7pm & 10:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Norm MacDonald (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Steve Harvey (Friday & Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Alonzo Bodden (Tuesday 7pm & 9pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Tommy Davidson (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Glenn Clark’s Valentine’s Day plans (Tuesday Parts Unknown)

First here’s Norm MacDonald…

Now here’s Jay Mohr doing Norm MacDonald…

And this is the Chocolate Wonderfall my girlfriend and I will enjoy when I take her to Golden Corral Tuesday night like they said I should do in those commercials…

She’s so lucky to have me.

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Morgan Welcomes UMES to Hill Field House Saturday

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 22
Saturday, February 11, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (5-16, 3-7 MEAC) vs. MD-Eastern Shore Hawks (5-17, 2-7 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 106-79/6th
Career Record: 141-141  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

GAME TIME
• Morgan State will face the MD-Eastern Shore on Saturday, Feb. 11 in a conference matchup set to tip at 4 p.m. MSU will attempt to snap a four-game losing streak when the Hawks come to Hill Field House. UMES will attempt to rebound from a 72-60 home loss against Norfolk State on Monday. Hillary Haley led the Hawks with 24 points and Ronald Spencer had 11 rebounds.

BEAR BITS
MSU has won nine straight games against the Hawks since 2006.

DeWayne Jackson scored a team-high 10 points in just 10 minutes of action, but the Bears lost their shooting touch in the second half. Morgan State made only three field goals out of 20 attempts in the last 20 minutes and Howard pulled away late in a 54-46 victory over the Bears Monday night at Hill Field House.

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

• MSU will look to improve upon a 3-5 home record.

Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 14 of 21 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 52 straight games.

Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 13.2 ppg and 3.3 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 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 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 4-7 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 10th straight victory against MD-Eastern Shore

CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
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 1,099 points, Jackson is currently ranked No. 19 leading scorer in MSU history.

THE SERIES VS. THE HAWKS
•  Saturday night’s game will be the 80th meeting between Morgan State and UMES in men’s basketball. The Bears hold a 49-30 advantage in the series.

•  Last time vs. UMES (Feb. 22, 2011): DeWayne Jackson scored 16 points and Kevin Thompson scored 13 to help lead the Bears to a 71-54 win against MD-Eastern Shore in an ESPNU televised game at Hill Field House. The Bears were 21 of 57 (44.7 percent) from the field, including a 4-for-6 performance from Thompson, who posted his 10th double-double of the season by scoring 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Rodney Stokes added 14 points and posted nine rebounds, while Tola Lawal chipped in 13 points.

•  The last time UMES defeated the Bears was on Jan. 28, 2006. The Morgan State men’s basketball team came into the game looking to avoid 18 consecutive losses on the season which would result in a school record, but this failed to happen as the Bears fell 76-67 in a close game at home. Joseph McLean led the Bears with a career-high 23.

NOTE ON THE HAWKS
•  UMES has lost five of its last six games, including nine of its last 11 … the Hawks’ last win was at home against Howard where they ran away with a 78-65 victory.

•  Junior guard Percy Woods (Hyattsville, Md.) is UMES’ leader in the scoring department. Woods is currently averaging 10.4 points per game ranks No. 11 in the MEAC in assists (3.1/g).

•  UMES is among the league leaders in rebounding. The Hawks rank No. 5 in the league in rebounding margin (-0.6) and No. 6 in rebounding defense (35.5/g).

LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will face the Delaware State Hornets at Hill Field House on Monday, February 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Morgan F Jackson Quits Team After Loss

Posted on 07 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Immediately following Morgan State University’s 54-46 loss to Howard University Monday night at Hill Field House, head coach Todd Bozeman announced leading scorer DeWayne Jackson had quit the team.

Jackson played ten minutes in the Bears’ loss to the Bison, scoring ten points. Jackson entered Monday Night’s game averaging 30.7 minutes per game this season for the Bears and scoring an average of 13.4 points per game. As a freshman in 2009-2010, Jackson was a double digit scorer for the Bears team that won the MEAC Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament.

Jackson’s decision to quit the team followed a bizarre second half against the Bison. Unhappy with the effort he received from his starters, Bozeman pulled all five just two minutes after intermission. He inserted five reserves, including seldom used forward Thair Heath.

Bozeman slowly re-inserted his starters into the game but left Jackson on the bench. The junior forward out of Bowie High School made his frustration apparent, glaring back at MSU’s head coach and eventually shouting at him about his continued benching. Bozeman never made any noticeable responses to Jackson’s glares or yelling.

As the second half wore on, Jackson became unwilling to participate in team huddles. During timeouts he would stand outside the team’s conversations despite the pleading of the team’s assistant coaches.

Jackson made a quick exit from the team’s locker room following the game without talking to reporters. Bozeman announced Jackson’s decision in a short meeting with reporters, noting the junior’s unwillingness to be coached in the second half. He also explained the team would “move on” with Jackson.

Morgan State fell to 5-16 (3-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) with the loss. They return to action Saturday when they welcome Maryland-Eastern Shore to Hill Field House.

A Morgan State who spoke to WNST.net reporter Glenn Clark after the game left open the possibility that Jackson could change his mind and return to the team.

(WNST.net’s Glenn Clark filed this report.)

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: College Lacrosse scrimmage-Penn State @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 1pm Homewood Field); Mount St. Mary’s @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Stadium); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Isaac Chilemba vs. Edison Miranda (Friday 10pm from Las Vegas live on ESPN2), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio (Saturday 10pm from San Antonio live on HBO); Women’s College Basketball: Boston College @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Monday 7pm from Atlanta live on Comcast SportsNet); Soccer-MISL Norfolk SharX @ Baltimore Blast (Wednesday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Eastern Tech (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Patapsco (Friday 7pm); Pro Wrestling: Ring of Honor (Saturday 7pm Du Burns Arena)

10. Lacuna Coil (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Sebastian Bach (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Third Eye Blind (Monday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); Dierks Bentley (Sunday 3:30pm Recher Theatre); Rise Against (Sunday 7pm Patriot Center); Augustana (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club); Marc Broussard (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Yardbirds (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere)

If Jimi Haha is reading this, can you please leave me two for Saturday night? Thanks…

Third Eye Blind had way more good songs than you realize they did…

I heard a guy on 98 Rock say the other day “if you need your face rocked clean off, Rise Against is the way to go.” He might have been right…

Here’s Bone Thugs n Phil Collins. Not only did this happen, but I really enjoyed it.

9. Demetri Martin (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Carrie Fisher “Wishful Drinking” (Tuesday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center-Hippodrome); Chocolate Affair (Thursday 6pm Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel)

Carrie Fisher is coming to town. This is a fantastic time to remind everyone that Adrianne Curry once dressed up as Princess Leia…

I would follow this up with another thought, but clearly my brain is no longer in operation.

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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
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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
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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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