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Morgan continues MEAC play Monday night at UMES

Posted on 16 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Feb.17, 2014

Opponent: Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (4-18, 2-8 MEAC)
Site: W.P.Hytche Athletic Center, Princess Anne, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (137-113 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Morgan State Bears, winners of three of its last four games, visit Princess Anne, Md. to take on the Fighting Hawks of Maryland Eastern Shore (4-18, 2-8 MEAC) on Monday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first and only meeting of the regular season between the Bears and Hawks.

SCOUTING MD-EASTERN SHORE
The Hawks welcomed back seven veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted an 2-26 overall record, and finished in 13th place in the MEAC stadnings. Hakeem Baxter is the Hawks leading scorer by averaging 15.4 ppg. Kyree Jones is the only other Hawk scoring in double-figures (14.7 ppg) and he’s averaging 2.5 assists per game. Troy Snyder leads UMES on the glass by averaging 5.7 rebounds per contest. Frankie Allen enters his 7th season as the Hawks’ head coach where he currently holds a 38-130 record (.226 winning pct.). Troy Snyder exploded for 34 points and 14 rebounds, both season highs, in helping Maryland-Eastern Shore score 59 second-half points and beat Howard 87-73 on Saturday. Hakeem Baxter added 22 points and Louis Bell 15 for the Hawks, who broke a three-game losing streak.

LAST TIME VS. THE HAWKS
March 2, 2013 – Shaquille Duncan matched his career-high with 17 points and the Bears outscored Md-Eastern Shore 38-26 in the second half to cruise to a 58-45 victory at Hill Field House. Duncan finished the game shooting 7 of 9 from the floor with three blocked shots and a couple of sensational dunks. DeWayne Jackson had another solid all-around performance today. The senior finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He also added three blocked shots to help the Bears to extend to its third straight win, and its sixth victory in seven games.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Hawks for the 82nd meeting between the two. Morgan State holds a 49-32 advantage, however the Bears have won the last two meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 9-3 record against the Hawks since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 22 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.9 ppg (No. 2 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.0 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.1 points and leads the squad averaging 6.8 rpg (No. 6).

BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB 

Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … Black recently scored 23 points and moved in front of Damone Williams (1,207 pts – 1986-90) as the school’s No. 15 leading scorer with 1,215 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT

Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 10 conference games, MSU leads the MEAC averaging 75 points per game, including 15 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint at Hampton (1/20), and 42-20 advantage at Coppin State (2/10).

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT

Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.1 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.4 – No. 10). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 7 steals per game.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT

Ian Chiles and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 22 games Chiles is shooting 54.3 pct (ranks No. 6 in MEAC), while frontcourt teammate Heath is shooting 54.2 pct.  The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.421).

WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY

Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 9 blocked shots against Norfolk State on Feb. 8. He’s currently ranked T-No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 3.0 rejections per contest (68) and now has 167 career blocks.
THE ALMOST-TRIPLE-DOUBLE

Despite the loss against Norfolk State (Feb. 8), Ian Chiles had a strong effort and came close to finishing with the oh so rare — triple-double. “Big Slew” completed the night with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and notched a career-high nine blocked shots … one rejection short a triple-double.
THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first 10 conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 455 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 316 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Coppin State, the trio accounted for 61 of the Bears’ 82 points with Black and Chiles leading the way with 23 apiece. The trio has totaled 989 of the team’s 1,565 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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