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Morgan visits Howard Thursday in regular season finale

Posted on 05 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Opponent: Howard Bison (7-23, 5-10 MEAC)
Site: Burr Gymnasium, Washington, D.C.
Game Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (140-115 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Morgan State Bears (12-15, 10-5 MEAC) will look to sweep its season series with Howard (7-23, 5-10 MEAC) on Thursday when it takes on the Bison in an 8 p.m. game at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C. The Bears will attempt to bounce back from a 78-73 home loss to Florida A&M. The game will mark the regular season finale for both teams.

SCOUTING THE BISON
The Bison welcomed back four veterans, including one starter, from a squad that posted a 6-24 overall record and went 4-12 in the MEAC. James Daniel leads the Bison by averaging 22.0 ppg and is shooting 41 percent (87-209) from beyond the arc. Prince Okoroh is the only other Bison who’s scoring in double-figures (14.3 ppg) and he also leads the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg). Oliver Ellison has chipped in 4.6 rpg and leads the Bison with 30 blocked shots thru 30 games. Kevin Nickleberry (Virginia Wesleyan ’86) enters his third season as Howard’s head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 14-47 record and is 113-150 overall.

Coppin State used a three-point barrage to shoot down Howard, 86-69 on Monday night in Baltimore. The Eagles set the tone early as Andre Armstrong led the way with 14 points that included four of eight from the three-point line.  Michael Murray complemented Armstrong with 11 points on medium-range shots as Coppin led 36-28 at the half. The Bison got 10 points Prince Okoroh in the first 20 minutes, but they missed the presence of leading scorer James Daniel, who was forced to sit 11 minutes after picking up his second foul.  With Daniel on the bench, the Bison turned the ball over 13 times and Coppin State accepted the gifts by converting them into 13 points.

LAST TIME VS. THE BISON
BALTIMORE (December 7, 2013) – Justin Black scored 17 points and led five teammates in double-figures as Morgan State won its conference home opener against Howard University 87-58 on Saturday at Hill Field House. Howard (2-9, 0-1) and Morgan State opened Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play and also celebrated their 101st meeting.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Bison for the 102nd meeting between the two. The Bears hold a 60-49 record against Howard since the series began in 1950-51. Todd Bozeman holds a 10-1 record against the Bison since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006 … his one loss was on Feb. 6, 2012 when Howard left Hill Field House with a 54-46 victory.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 27 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.5 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.5 points per game (No. 9 in MEAC), while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.7 points and leads the squad averaging 6.6 rpg (No. 8).

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 moved in front of Jason McCoy (1,292 pts – 1987-91) as the school’s No. 13 leading scorer and currently has 1,301 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT
MSU is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 15 conference games, MSU ranks No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 74.2 points per game, including 15 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint at Hampton (1/20), 42-20 advantage at Coppin State (2/10), and 48-30 versus Bethune-Cookman (3/1).

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT
Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.0 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.3 – No. 8). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 6.5 steals per game.??

LOOK WHO’S IN SLAM 
Morgan State senior guard Justin Black was recently featured in SLAM ONLINE (www.slamonline.com) in an article entitled “Game Plan.”

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 27 games Chiles is shooting 55.9 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.7 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.429).

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 No. 3 in the MEAC averaging 2.9 rejections per contest (80) and now has 179 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.

A BLOSSOM ON THE OFFENSIVE GLASS
Cedric Blossom leads the Bears with 71 offensive rebounds thru the first 27 games. The sophomore has started in 26 of 27 games and is averaging 7.0 ppg, 5.3 rebounds in 23.3 minutes. He had a sensational game at UMES (Feb. 17) where he posted a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds — he has recorded three double-doubles during his career.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
In the first 15 conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 627 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 477 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 1,206 of the team’s 1,925 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Morgan welcomes Florida A&M for Senior Night Monday

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, March 3, 2014
Opponent: Florida A&M Rattlers (12-16, 7-7 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (140-114 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Morgan State Bears (12-14, 10-4 MEAC) will hosts the Florida A&M Rattlers in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference home game finale on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be highlighted by a pregame ceremony honoring four seniors, Ian ChilesThair HeathJustin Black and Anthony Hubbard. Monday’s matchup will mark the 53rd all-time meeting between the two programs, with the Rattlers holding a 32-20 edge since 1987. The Bears have won the last 5 of 6 matchups against Florida A&M.

SCOUTING FLORIDA A&M
The Rattlers welcomed back five veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 8-23 overall record, and finished ninth place in the MEAC with an  5-11 record. The Rattlers have three players averaging double-digit scoring. Jamie Adams leads the squad averaging 17.1 ppg (Ranked No. 6 in MEAC), followed by Reggie Lewis (12.5 ppg) and Markee Teal (10.0 ppg). Adams is among the league leaders in assists (3.5 – Ranked No. 5) and steals  (1.4 avg. – Ranked T-No. 6). Clemon Johnson is in his third season and currently has a 58-62 as the Rattlers head coach. Florida A&M defeated Edward Waters 104-69 on Wednesday night to extend its winning streak to four games. The Rattlers took a 54-32 lead over the Tigers at halftime, getting at least 50 points in each half.

LAST TIME VS. THE RATTLERS
BALTIMORE (March 7, 2013) - Justin Black had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead four Bears in double-figures lifting Morgan State to a 78-67 win over Florida A&M on Thursday night in the regular season finale at Hill Field House. 7-foot-2 center Ian Chiles was 9 of 13 for a career-high 18 points and Shaquille Duncan had 11 points.DeWayne Jackson, who was honored during the Bears’ “Senior Night” ceremony, posted 15 points, four rebounds with two blocks and became the school No. 6 all-time leading scorer with 1,537 career points.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Rattler for the 53rd meeting between the two. Florida A&M holds a 32-20 advantage, however the Bears have won five of the last six meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 6-3 record against the Rattlers since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 26 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.8 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.4 points per game (No. 9 in MEAC), while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.3 points and leads the squad averaging 6.7 rpg (No. 8).

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 moved in front of Anthony Young (1,269 pts – 1975-79) as the school’s No. 14 leading scorer and currently has 1,292 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT
MSU is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 14 conference games, MSU ranks No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 74.2 points per game, including 15 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint at Hampton (1/20), 42-20 advantage at Coppin State (2/10), and 48-30 versus Bethune-Cookman (3/1).

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT
Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.0 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.3 – No. 9). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 6.3 steals per game.

LOOK WHO’S IN SLAM 
Morgan State senior guard Justin Black was recently featured in SLAM ONLINE (www.slamonline.com) in an article entitled “Game Plan.”

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 25 games Chiles is shooting 55.3 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.2 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.430).

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 No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 3.0 rejections per contest (77) and now has 176 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.

A BLOSSOM ON THE OFFENSIVE GLASS
Cedric Blossom leads the Bears with 70 offensive rebounds thru the first 26 games. The sophomore has started in every game and is averaging 6.9 ppg, 5.4 rebounds in 23.2 minutes. He had a sensational game at UMES (Feb. 17) where he posted a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds — he has recorded three double-doubles during his career.

SENIOR DAY ON MONDAY
MSU will say goodbye to four seniors during a pregame ceremony. Justin BlackIan ChilesAnthony Hubbard and Thair Heath will wrap up seasons of impressive work Monday night when Morgan State and Florida A&M meet in Hill Field House in the 2014 home finale.

EYE ON THE STORM
Among the many intriguing angles for the Morgan State versus Florida A&M game on Monday night is that there is a winter storm that might play a factor. The forecast projects 6 to 10 inches of snow for Baltimore and the surrounding area during the day. Snow will be moderate to heavy during the morning commute and will continue to fall moderate to heavy at times through early afternoon Monday. The game, by all accounts, is expected to be played regardless.

NEXT UP FOR THE BEARS
Morgan State travels to Beltway rival Howard for the regular season finale. Tip-off is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Burr Gymnasium.

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Coppin opens final homestand of season Saturday against UMES

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — Charles Ieans, Michael Murray and Andre Armstrong haven’t had time to process the emotional meaning of playing their final two regular home games in the Physical Education Complex. They haven’t thought about that after Monday night’s game against Howard, they will never play a college game on campus.

Instead, the trio is focused on helping the Eagles finish the regular season with a flourish and develop some much needed momentum for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament that begins on March 10 in Norfolk, Va. As the Eagles welcome Maryland-Eastern Shore (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and Howard (Monday, 7:30 p.m.) to campus, they are currently in seventh place in the conference with a 6-8 record. Two wins and the Eagles will finish .500 in the conference and no worse than where they are presently sitting in the conference.

Coppin State (9-18 overall, 6-8 MEAC) leads the all-time series over UMES, 58-17. The Hawks (4-22, 2-11) have won four of the past 11 meetings against CSU, but won three in a row between 2010 and 2011.

“It’s in my mind that these are my last two home games,” Armstrong said. “I am just trying to leave my mark and perform to my highest potential and ability. I’ve always had some doubters that said I couldn’t play on this level so I’ve always played with a chip on my shoulder to prove that I am capable of playing at this level.”

Armstrong, Murray and Ieans have created some special memories for the Eagle program during their time. More importantly, all three student-athletes have shined in the classroom with Murray posting a 3.96 grade point average.

Murray has played all four years for the Eagles while Armstrong and Ieans joined the team last year from junior colleges. This season, they have all taken turns to help Coppin State exceed preseason expectations. Coppin was picked to finish 10th in the MEAC preseason poll. The Eagles still have a chance to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place if things break right.

Murray has been special for Coppin State from the day he stepped on campus. Heading into his final two regular season home games, Murray has been named MEAC Player of the Week twice in his career, posted 16 doubles and scored in double figures 42 times. Last season as a junior, Murray led the MEAC in rebounding, averaging 8.9 boards per game. He was named to the preseason all-MEAC team entering this year.

“Michael is a total team player who’s willing to do all of the dirty work and play wherever we need him, inside or outside,” Coppin State head men’s basketball coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell said. “He’s a complete player. He can take over a game when he wants to. His rebounding was surprising to me. Overall, Michael has great character and has brought respect to the program.”

Murray scored a season-high 28 points against Delaware State on Dec. 7. Despite missing all of November with a broken hand, Murray leads the Eagles in scoring (14.1 points per game) and rebounding (6.9). He has scored over 900 points and grabbed 595 rebounds during his memorable career. Murray has five double-doubles this year. Not bad, for somebody who didn’t consider playing hoops after high school.

“Playing here has been a tremendous opportunity for me,” Murray said. “I didn’t even know if I would play college basketball after high school. I was just like ‘whatever happens, happens. To be here and play has been really humbling and amazing.”

Meanwhile, Armstrong has been a binge scorer for the Eagles during his career. He came to Coppin State with a good reputation. Murray, also a fellow New Yorker, had heard about Armstrong’s exploits despite having never had met him.

A sharpshooter, Armstrong has made 121 3-pointers during his career, including 49 this season. He has scored in double figures 33 times during his career and has hit for 20 or more eight times. Armstrong made eight 3-pointers in a game against Norfolk State last year. In two years, Armstrong has rung up over 650 points. He has been super consistent from the foul line, missing 41 free throws while shooting 82.1 percent in two years.

“We brought him here to be a scorer and he has done that,” Mitchell said. “He puts pressure on the defense, which has helped us offensively. Teams usually try and put one of their better defenders on him. Teams have had to worry about him when he’s on the floor. He’s been consistent and has been a hard worker.”

Ieans admitted that he’s grown immensely while playing for Mitchell. This season, Ieans had his best week when he tied a career-high with 13 points against Akron and scored 12 points against Towson four days later. Even though Ieans averages 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest, he has been a key part of Coppin State’s rotation this season. He has also done many of the little things that teams need to be successful like set screens, block out, take charges, play tough in the post and more.

“I would say my time here has been pretty good and I’ve grown a lot physically and mentally with the help of coach Mitchell,” Ieans said. “He uses a lot of off the court real life situations to teach us different things, which helps us. My game has grown a lot since I’ve been here. I got stronger and more athletic. When I first got here, I was kind of moving in slow motion, but with the coaches being on my back, I got more aggressive.”

Together, they will try to help the Eagles earn a season sweep of the Hawks. Coppin State controlled the final five minutes of the first meeting in Princess Anne on Feb. 8. The Eagles scored the last 11 points of the game to earn a 58-50 victory. Since that game, Coppin State has dropped two games to Morgan State, a game to Florida A&M and Norfolk State

Despite its overall record, UMES has been great on the offensive side of the ball as of late. The Hawks are averaging 79 points-per-game over their last five games. The 79 points per game average over the past five games is the most from a Hawk outfit in recent times, with the closest being in 2006 when UMES had a 75.8 average over five consecutive matches. The men have scored at least 72 points in every game of the span and have seen their season averages rise three points to 65.6.

The offensive spree has been generated by senior Troy Snyder, who is averaging 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in the past nine games. Snyder has scored at least 20 points in his last five games, including a career-high 34 against Howard on Feb. 15 in an 87-73 UMES victory.

Freshman Hakeem Baxter has earned the second-most MEAC Rookie of the Week honors in the conference this season, while freshman Devon Walker has scored at least 19 points in three of his last four games. Baxter, Snyder and junior KyRee Jones are all averaging double figures for the Hawks.

“Right now we are in a losing streak, we have to turn that around, and I believe we can do it,” Mitchell said. “I think Michael has to remain consistent, just as he has been for us. Our biggest problem is not the offense. We do score enough points to win games. But we do have to concentrate more on defense and rebounding.”

The way Armstrong sees it for the Eagles, there is still time remaining to achieve the ultimate team triumph. Coppin has battled the top teams tough this year and it was just a play or two from reversing the outcome. The Eagles will be a dangerous foe in a few weeks.

“We’re trying to leave a good legacy,” Armstrong said. “Coach hasn’t won a ring in a couple of years and that’s one thing we want to do. If you win a ring and get better then you’ll be remembered here forever. If you don’t, then there aren’t too many things people are going to remember you by unless it’s the people that were here with you. I want a ring bad. I feel accomplished if I get a ring. If not, it just feels like all I did was play here and that’s just unacceptable to me. I know we can accomplish that.”

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Morgan hopes to bounce back Saturday against Bethune-Cookman

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Opponent: Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (6-23, 4-10 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (139-114 – 8th yr)

BEARS WELCOME BETHUNE-COOKMAN ON SATURDAY
The Morgan State Bears (11-14, 9-4 MEAC) looks to get back in the win column when it hosts the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game set for Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Saturday’s matchup will mark the 55th all-time meeting between the two programs, with Morgan State holding a 32-22 edge since 1984. The Bears have won the last eight matchups against Bethune-Cookman.

SCOUTING BETHUNE-COOKMAN
The Wildcats welcomed back three veterans, including one starter, from a squad that posted a 14-20 overall record, and finished eighth place in the MEAC with an  7-9 record. The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit scoring. Mikel Trapp leads the squad averaging 11.6 ppg, followed by Malik Jackson (11.0 ppg) and Clemmye Owens (10.4 ppg). Owens is among the league leaders in 3-point shooting percentage (.384 – Ranked No. 6) and 3-pointers made (2.1 avg. – Ranked No. 6). Gravelle Craig (Cleveland St. ’94) is currently 46-57 as the Wildcats head coach.  Mikel Trapp scored 26 points and Clemmye Owens added 24 to lead Bethune-Cookman (6-23, 4-10). Troy Simmons dished out five assists for the Wildcats who were defeated by Florida A&M 80-75 last Saturday.

LAST TIME VS. THE WILDCATS
NORFOLK, Va. (March 16, 2013) — Fifth-seeded Morgan State built an early lead and repelled several rallies by fourth-seeded Bethune-Cookman to earn an 82-71 win over the Wildcats Friday in semifinal action of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Norfolk Scope Arena.Shaquille Duncan led the way for Morgan State with 17 points, on a 7-of-8 effort from the field.  Justin Black and Dwayne Jackson added 16 points each in the contest, the first meeting between the two teams in two years. Anthony Hubbard was also in double figures with 11 points for Coach Todd Bozeman‘s squad, which climbed to 17-14. Black added a team-high nine rebounds.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Wildcats for the 55th meeting between the two. Morgan State holds a 32-22 advantage, and the Bears have won the last eight meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 9-2 record against the Wildcats since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 25 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 19.3 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.1 points per game (No. 10 in MEAC), while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.4 points and leads the squad averaging 6.8 rpg (No. 8).

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 moved in front of Anthony Young (1,269 pts – 1975-79) as the school’s No. 14 leading scorer and currently has 1,282 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT
Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 13 conference games, MSU leads the MEAC averaging 76 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 (2.0 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.3 – No. 9). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 6.7 steals per game.

LOOK WHO’S IN SLAM 
Morgan State senior guard Justin Black was recently featured in SLAM ONLINE (www.slamonline.com) in an article entitled “Game Plan.”

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 25 games Chiles is shooting 55.3 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.2 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.430).

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 No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 3.0 rejections per contest (76) and now has 175 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.

A BLOSSOM ON THE OFFENSIVE GLASS
Cedric Blossom leads the Bears with 67 offensive rebounds thru the first 25 games. The sophomore has started in every game and is averaging 6.8 ppg, 5.2 rebounds in 23.0 minutes. He had a sensational game at UMES (Feb. 17) where he posted a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds — it marked the second double-double of his career.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
In the first 13 conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 541 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 428 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 1,119 of the team’s 1,787 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.

SENIOR DAY ON MONDAY
MSU will say goodbye to four seniors during a pregame ceremony. Justin BlackIan ChilesAnthony Hubbard and Thair Heath will wrap up seasons of impressive work Monday night (March 3, 7:30 p.m.) when Morgan State and Florida A&M meet in Hill Field House in the 2014 home finale.

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Morgan eyes fourth straight win Monday at Delaware State

Posted on 23 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Feb.24, 2014
Opponent: Delaware State Hornets (8-18, 4-9 MEAC)
Site: Memorial Hall, Dover, Del.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (139-113 – 8th yr)

BEARS SET TO FACE DELAWARE STATE MONDAY
The Morgan State Bears (11-13, 9-3 MEAC), winners of five of its last six games, hits the road to take on Delaware State (8-18, 4-9 MEAC) on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The Bears are attempting to win its fourth straight game, which would mark its longest winning streak of the season. Delaware State will enter the contest fresh off Saturday’s 84-71 home win against Maryland-Eastern Shore, and have won four of its last five games.

SCOUTING DELAWARE STATE
The Hornets welcomed back 10 veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted a 15-18 overall record, and finished eighth place in the MEAC with an  8-8 record. The Hornets have three players averaging double-digit scoring. Casey Walker leads the squad averaging 12.5 ppg, followed by Tyshawn Bell (12.4 ppg) and  Kendall Gray (11.4 ppg). Gray is among the league leaders in rebounding (Ranked No. 2) by averaging 7.4 rpg. Walker is currently 4-2 as the Hornets interim head coach after taking over for Greg Jackson who was fired on Thursday, Jan. 28.  Casey Walker came off the bench to score 26 points to help give Delaware State an 84-71 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday. TyShawn Bell had 16 points and six rebounds for the Hornets. Kendall Gray added 15 points and Kendal Williams had 10.

LAST TIME VS. THE HORNETS
Feb 1, 2014 – Ian Chiles scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in helping Morgan State overcome a seven-point halftime deficit in defeating Delaware State 77-64 on Saturday before a crowd of 3,970 fans at Hill Field House. Justin Black finished with 14 points and Cedric Blossom posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Morgan State, which improved to 7-12 overall and 5-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Morgan State shot only 35 percent in the first half but improved to 48 percent in the second period in overtaking the Hornets.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Hornets for the 92nd meeting between the two. Morgan State holds a 51-40 advantage, and the Bears have won the last two meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 12-5 record against the Hornets since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.

AVOIDING THE ROAD KILL

This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 14 games, including a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. With the recent 88-72 win at Maryland Easter Shore the Bears improved to 4-8 on the season, including 4-2 versus MEAC teams.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 24 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 19.2 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.3 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.8 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 moved in front of Damone Williams (1,207 pts – 1986-90) as the school’s No. 15 leading scorer and currently has 1,261 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT
Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 12 conference games, MSU leads the MEAC averaging 76 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 (2.0 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.3 – No. 9). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 6.7 steals per game.

LOOK WHO’S IN SLAM MAGAZINE ONLINE 
Morgan State senior guard Justin Black was recently featured in SLAM ONLINE (www.slamonline.com) in an article entitled ”Game Plan”

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 24 games Chiles is shooting 55.2 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.2 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.431).

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 No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 3.0 rejections per contest (72) and now has 171 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.

A BLOSSOM ON THE OFFENSIVE GLASS
Cedric Blossom leads the Bears with 66 offensive rebounds thru the first 24 games. The sophomore has started in every game and is averaging 6.8 ppg, 5.3 rebounds in 22.9 minutes. He had a sensational game at UMES (Feb. 17) where he posted a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds — it marked the second double-double of his career.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
In the first 12 conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 509 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 394 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 1,087 of the team’s 1,731 points, 62 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Coppin hopes to bounce back Saturday against Norfolk State

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Coppin State men’s basketball team knows it has at least four games remaining: Three home regular season contests and at minimum, one game, in next month’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament.

Anything beyond four games will be strictly up to how the Eagles perform over the next two weeks beginning Saturday afternoon when they host Norfolk State at 4:00 p.m. in a MEAC contest at the Physical Education Complex. The Eagles lost 82-71 to the Spartans on Jan. 20 and would like nothing more than to deliver a punishing payback.

Coppin State (9-17 overall, 6-7 MEAC) confidently believes that it will be the last team standing from the conference in March. The Eagles are talented and skilled. They have a road win at Hampton. Coppin State has also let a few late leads dissipate into defeats. So the Eagles won’t be an easy out for whoever they play. They had Morgan State wobbling for a period at raucous Hill Field House and enjoyed a seven-point second half lead before falling, 78-69 Wednesday night.

“The season hasn’t turned out the way we exactly wanted it to,” Coppin State junior forward Brandon St. Louis said. “We definitely believe our last three games are winnable. We are focused on finishing strong and heading into the tournament with momentum.”

Of course, once the madness of March commences, anything can happen. Nobody knows that better than Coppin State’s legendary head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell, who has built his share of championship teams. He has witnessed more funny things and craziness during his 28 years at the helm of the Eagles than every Kevin Hart movie combined.

In 2008, the Eagles became the first team in the history of the NCAA championship to qualify for the tournament with 20 losses after winning four games in four days by a combined six points to win the MEAC tournament. That Coppin State squad led by Tywain McKee overcame a 4-19 start to the season to get to the tournament.

So things may not look good presently for the Eagles, who are riding a three-game losing streak, but the MEAC tournament offers hope and a fresh opportunity to experience that championship feeling. Anything is possible.

“We know we can compete against everybody in our conference,” St. Louis said. “It’s tough right now, but the good thing is everybody is still working hard and keeping a positive attitude. The whole team knows and feels that we are better than our record.”

St. Louis has had bursts of brilliance this season for the Eagles. He snatched eight rebounds against Morgan State Wednesday night. Earlier this year in a 91-71 win over UMBC, St. Louis was large and in charge for the Eagles as he stuffed the shat sheet with 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.

He is quite simply a player that every team needs. St. Louis doesn’t need his name in lights. He enjoys during the dirty work, battling for loose balls and keeping possessions alive. In 22 games, St. Louis averages 4.9 rebounds per game, which is second on the team.

The Eagles have plenty of scorers led by senior Michael Murray, who averages 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Both marks are team highs for Murray, who posted his fifth double-double of the season against Morgan State with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guardAndre Armstrong is second on the team in scoring with a 12.4 point per game scoring average. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith contributes 11.2 points per outing for outing. Armstrong and Smith have combined to make 97 3-pointers.

St. Louis along with Murray, Arnold Fripp, Charles Ieans and many others will be counted on heavily to rebound. Former Laker and Knick coach Pat Riley always preached to his teams, “no rebounds, no rings.” The Eagles were challenged against Morgan State to do a better job of rebounding after the Florida A&M game. The Eagles were outrebounded by FAMU, 54-28. They improved significantly against Morgan State, only losing the board battle, 38-37.

The Eagles will need to be at their rebounding best against the Spartans, who are second in the MEAC in rebounding margin (+2.1 per game). Norfolk State won the rebounding battle, 42-31, against the Eagles in the first contest.

“We’re looking to try to rebound better against Norfolk this time,” St. Louis said. “The mindset is for us to just stay aggressive, get good position and go for every ball that goes up like it’s going to be a missed shot.”

Coppin State knows it has a great opportunity in front of it to fire a shot heard around the MEAC if it can trip up Norfolk State. The Eagles biggest win this year was against Hampton on the road. A few weeks later, the Eagles had the Pirates beat at home on Feb. 1 before falling in overtime.

Norfolk State dropped a 79-73 overtime decision to Hampton last Saturday. Senior Pendarvis Williams led all scorers with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior Brandon Goode added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds and tied his career high with six blocks. Jamel Fuentes totaled 15 points, five assists and four rebounds, and senior Riley Maye also reached double figures with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead the Spartans. For the game, the Spartans hit 24-of-63 (38.1 percent) after shooting 48 percent in the first half. HU connected on 24-of-58 (41.4 percent). The Spartans also hit 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from 3-point range.

Malcolm Hawksins (16.7 points per game) and Williams (15.9) are sixth and eighth, respectively in the MEAC in scoring. Goode is the Spartans leading rebounder at 6.9 per game As a team Norfolk State leads the MEAC in scoring offense (74.2 points per game) and field goal percentage (46.8). The Spartans were the preseason MEAC favorites to win the conference. They are currently in third place, two games behind North Carolina Central, who has an 11-1 conference record.

For St. Louis, who will earn his accounting in May after completing three years of college, he is not taking the Eagles’ remaining games for granted.

“Graduating in three years means a lot to me because it shows that I was able to set a goal for myself and I was able to attain it,” St. Louis said. “It was a hard goal, but I was able make things happen and it just worked out for me. I feel very blessed every time I step out on the court. There aren’t a lot of people who get the chance to play Division I ball. I know a lot of people try. Every chance I get to play; I try to make the most of my opportunity. That’s what we’re looking to do as a team in these final three games.”

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Morgan, Coppin set for rivalry battle Wednesday at Hill Field House

Posted on 18 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Wednesday, Feb.19, 2014

Opponent: Coppin State Eagles (9-16, 6-6 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (138-113 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.coppinstatesports.com

BEARS SET TO FACE COPPIN STATE WEDNESDAY

The Morgan State Bears, winners of four of its last five games, returns to Hill Field House this Wednesday to host crosstown rival Coppin State (9-16, 6-6 MEAC) at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the second meeting between the crosstown rivals in the last nine days.

SCOUTING COPPIN STATE

The Eagles welcomed back seven veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted an 8-24 overall record, and finished in ninth place in the MEAC stadnings. Michael Murray is one of three Eagles averaging double-figures. The senior is averaging 14.0 ppg, followed by Andre Armstrong (13.0) and Sterling Smith (11.2). Murray also leads the Eagles on the glass by averaging 6.7 rebounds per contest (ranks No. 8 in MEAC). Ron “Fang” Mitchell enters his 28th season as the Eagles’ head coach where he currently holds a 426-412 record (.508 winning pct.). Reggie Lewis scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, as Florida A&M overpowered Coppin State in the second half, winning 82-71 on Saturday. Coppin State (9-16, 6-6 MEAC) shot just 38 percent from the field and was led in scoring by Sterling Smith with 20 points. Andre Armstrong had 19 points and Michael Murray recorded 11 points and 13 rebounds.

LAST TIME VS. THE EAGLES

March 10, 2014 – Justin Black and Ian Chiles scored 23 points apiece on Monday as Morgan State won its fourth straight game against cross-town rival Coppin State, 82-77. Chiles had five blocks for Morgan State. Black made nine of his 14 shots and had seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Anthony Hubbard added 15 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, for the Bears.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Eagles for the 77th meeting between the two. Coppin State holds a 51-25 advantage, however the Bears have won the last four meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 13-4 record against the Eagles since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 23 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 19.1 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.3 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.0 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 moved in front of Damone Williams (1,207 pts – 1986-90) as the school’s No. 15 leading scorer with 1,239 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT

Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 11 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. 9). 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 23 games Chiles is shooting 55.9 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.2 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.428).

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 No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 3.1 rejections per contest (71) and now has 170 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.

A BLOSSOM ON THE OFFENSIVE GLASS

Cedric Blossom leads the Bears with 62 offensive rebounds thru the first 23 games. The sophomore has started in every game and is averaging 6.7 ppg, 5.2 rebounds in 22.7 minutes. He had a sensational game at UMES (Feb. 17) where he posted a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds — it marked the second double-double of his career.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first 11 conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 509 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 350 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 1,043 of the team’s 1,703 points, 61 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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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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Coppin continues MEAC push Saturday at Florida A&M

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Coppin State men’s basketball team believes its best hoops are ahead of it. With five regular season games remaining, the Eagles are confident they can do some damage and finish as the last team standing during next month’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament.

The Eagles (9-15 overall, 6-5 MEAC) will look to take a step in that direction as they travel to meet Florida A&M (8-16, 4-7) Saturday night in the Al Lawson Center at 7:00 Eastern time. The game will begin at 6:00. This will be the Eagles first trip to Florida’s capital city since 2011.

Coppin State senior forward Michael Murray is the only Eagle who has played at FAMU and he remembers his visit like it was yesterday.

“It was a crazy atmosphere and tough playing there,” Murray said. “FAMU always has good teams. They always play hard and they compete with anybody in the league, so we have to be ready for them. I think for us, we play better on the road. I feel we play with more energy and play hard. We know we’re going to have to match FAMU’s intensity and energy and if we do that I think we’ll give ourselves a chance to win the game.”

Coppin State has won its last two conference road games and it will look to continue its swagger on foreign courts.

The Eagles bounce back from tough defeats well and they will be facing a Rattler squad that has lost five of its last six games. Coppin State is coming off a tough 82-77 loss to Morgan State in which it made an uncharacteristic 4 of 20 shots from 3-point distance. Meanwhile, FAMU enters off a 92-49 defeat to MEAC leader North Carolina Central.

“We felt like we should have won the Morgan game,” Murray said. “We’re just looking to bounce back. We’re a tough team. If we can get a win Saturday, it will help us. If you look at our stats, I think our road stats are better than what we do at home.”

The Eagles average the same amount of points wherever they play: 67.7 on the road and 67.0 at home in five conference games. CSU also shoots the same percentage in the home whites or the blue away jerseys: 38.8 percent on the road and 38.5 at home. So the biggest difference is in the 3-point shooter where the Eagles have made 23 more triples on the road than at home.

Lately, the Eagles have done their best work away from Baltimore. Perhaps, they enjoy the Chik-Fil-A meal stops, the flat screen televisions in the hotel rooms or just sending the home fans into the chilly winter night with frowns of their faces. Whatever the reason, Coppin State seems to be relaxed on the road.

In compiling a 4-2 record in conference road games, Coppin State has four players averaging double figures led by senior guard Andre Armstrong’s 15.3 point per game average. Senior Michael Murray has scored 14.2 points and grabbed 8.2 rebounds per outing on the road. Sophomore Sterling Smith (11.3 points per game) and junior guardTaariq Cephas (11.0) have also enjoyed special moments in opposing MEAC gyms.

The quartet has also combined for 45 made 3-pointers. Murray and Armstrong have made at least 40 percent of their shots on the road. Cephas had his first career double-double (12 points, 10 assists) against Delaware State on Dec. 7 in Dover. Junior Daquan Brickhouse scored a career-high 18 points on Jan. 18 in a win at Hampton. Murray burned Delaware State for a career-high 28 points.

Against North Carolina A&T on Jan. 27, the Eagles made a season-high 13 3-pointers and raced to a 31-7 lead. In its last road game at Maryland-Eastern Shore, Coppin State’s defense rose to the occasion late by holding the Hawks scoreless for the final five minutes of the game. Murray also recorded his third double-double of the season (10 points, 10 rebounds). Smith and Brandon St. Louis combine for 8.3 rebounds on the road this season.

Defensively in their six away conference contests, the Eagles have held three teams below 60 points, including its last two opponents.

“We’re going on the road and we’ll be ready to play,” Coppin State head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell said. We haven’t had as much success at home this season. I just think my guys understand being on the road. They know it’s a tough situation for them and a tough venue we’re going to so they gear their minds to compete at a higher level. I look for them to be ready to play and accept the challenge.”

In the loss against Morgan State, the Eagles never quit and gave themselves an opportunity to win the game at the end. Cephas flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Murray contributed 21 points and eight rebounds. Armstrong scored in double figures for the 13th straight game by finishing with 11 points.

Meanwhile, FAMU had a tough night in Durham against NCCU, who earned a measure of revenge after suffering its only conference defeat on Jan. 11 to the Rattlers, 63-60. Jamie Adams led three FAMU players in double figures with 12 points against NCCU. Scoring 10 points each for the Rattlers were Reggie Lewis and Trey Kellum.

Adams (16.5 points per game) and Lewis (11.5) lead the Rattlers in scoring. They have combined for 98 3-pointers. Kellum scores at a 9.1 point per game clip and leads FAMU in rebounding (6.3 per game). Jomari Bradshaw is another 3-pointer shooter to keep an eye on as he has made 21 or the season and is averaging 8.9 points per contest. The Rattlers are 6-2 at home this season.

“I understand that they have some shooters and they rebound the ball very well,” Mitchell said. “We’re going to have to be able to play better defense, find their shooters and rebound the ball. We know that they’re a pressing team and we’re going to have to take care of the ball.”

Coppin State will spend the remainder of its regular season in snowy Baltimore. It will play its final away contest Wednesday night against Morgan State before ending the season with three straight home games against Norfolk State, UMES and Howard.

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Morgan, Coppin renew historic rivalry Monday night

Posted on 09 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Feb.10, 2014

Opponent: Coppin State Eagles (9-14, 6-4 MEAC)
Site: The Physical Education Complex, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (136-113 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. – After a tough loss Saturday night, the Morgan State Bears (8-13, 6-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) will make a short trip when they face cross-town rival Coppin State (9-14, 6-4 MEAC) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first meeting of the regular season between the Bears and Eagles. Tip-off is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The Eagles welcomed back seven veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted an 8-24 overall record, and finished in ninth place in the MEAC stadnings. Michael Murray is one of three Eagles averaging double-figures. The senior is averaging 13.8 ppg, followed by Andre Armstrong (12.8) and Sterling Smith (11.0). Murray also leads the Eagles on the glass by averaging 6.3 rebounds per contest (ranks No. 10 in MEAC) . Ron “Fang” Mitchell enters his 28th season as the Eagles’ head coach where he currently holds a 426-411 record (.509 winning pct.). Sterling Smith scored 12 points with four rebounds to lead Coppin State to a 58-50 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday. Andre Armstrong came off the bench to score 13 points for the Eagles, while Michael Murray added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

LAST TIME VS. COPPIN STATE

Feb. 27, 2013 — Blakle Bozeman scored a career-high 16 points to go with eight assists and five other Morgan State players scored in double-figures in the Bears’ 86-68 win over Coppin State at Hill Field House. DeWayne Jackson and Shaquille Duncan tallied 14 points, Justin Black 13, Anthony Hubbard 11, and Ian Chiles 10. Duncan also pulled down 11 boards for Morgan State, which outrebounded the Eagles 38-32.
THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 21 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.7 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 14.7 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.9 points and leads the squad averaging 6.8 rpg (No. 5).

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 16 points and moved in front of James Hall (1,191 pts – 1963-67) as the school’s No. 16 leading scorer with 1,192 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT

Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through nine conference games, MSU leads the MEAC averaging 74 points per game, including 15 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint at Hampton (1/20).

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. 7). 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 21 games Chiles is shooting 53.6 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. 4 in field goal percentage (.415).

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 (63) and now has 162 career blocks.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first nine conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 394 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 295 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Norfolk State, the trio accounted for 35 of the Bears’ 53 points with Black leading the way with 16. The trio has totaled 928 of the team’s 1,483 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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