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Morgan opens road trip Saturday at Norfolk State

Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Opponent: Norfolk State Spartans (10-7, 4-0 MEAC)
Site: Echols Hall, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (132-110 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State returns to the road this weekend for the start of a four-game road swing starting with Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) contests at Norfolk State and Hampton. The Bears will face the Spartans, who sit atop the conference standings, on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. in Echols Hall, before heading to Hampton, Va. to square-off against the Pirates on Monday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.  Both games will also be broadcast online by WEAA, 88.9 FM (weaa.com).

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans welcomed back 11 veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 21-12 overall record, captured the MEAC regular season championship and lost to the Virginia Cavaliers in the NIT First Round. Pendarvis Williams, the reigning MEAC Player of the Year, is one of four Spartans averaging double-figures. The senior is averaging 15.8 ppg, followed by Malcolm Hawkins (16.8), Rashid Gaston (12.3) and Brandon Goode (11.3). Robert Jones enters his first season as the Spartans’ interim head coach where he currently holds a 10-7 record. Jamel Fuentes scored 14 points to lead Norfolk State past Delaware State 58-56 in a back-and-forth battle on Mon. Jan. 13 . The Spartans ran their regular season conference winning streak to 23 games, the longest such run in the country. NSU’s last conference loss came against Delaware State on Feb. 15, 2012.

SERIES RECORD VS NORFOLK STATE

The Spartans lead the all-time series against Morgan State by a commanding 30-13 margin … Norfolk State has defeated the Bears in the last six meetings dating back to 2010 … The last time MSU beat the Spartans was during an 88-82 double overtime win at Hill Field House … Todd Bozeman has a 9-3 record against the Spartans as Morgan State’s head coach.

MSU’S LAST TIME OUT VS. NSU
February 5, 2013 – Pendarvis Williams had a game-high 22 points to lift Norfolk State past the Bears 64-59 at Hill Field House. Brandon Goode added 12 points for the Spartans who captured their eighth consecutive win to improve to 14-10 (9-0 MEAC). Morgan State (6-13, 3-5) missed a pair of 3-pointers and had a turnover in the final 21 seconds, while the Spartans converted three free throws to ensure the victory. DeWayne Jackson led the Bears with 18 points, while Anthony Hubbard had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

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 currently has 1,052 career points.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Thair HeathIan Chiles and Cedric Blossom are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 14 games Heath is shooting 64.7 pct, Chiles is shooting 57.8 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting 54.4 pct. from the floor.

THIEVES IN THE NIGHT
Three Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.2 – ranks No. 2 in the MEAC), Donte Pretlow (2.0 – No. 4) and Anthony Hubbard (1.1). Morgan State also leads the MEAC by averaging 7.9 steals per game.

CHILES NAMED “BEST OF 2013″ BY COLLEGE HOOPS DAILY
MSU redshirt senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the “Best of 2013″ All-MEAC Team by CollegeHoopsDaily.com. The website picked the top five players in each conference that stood out during the non-conference slate (click here for the entire team). Chiles finished non-conference action with 15 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and 2.9 blocks per game. The Cliffside Park, N.J. native also finished non-conference action by shooting 56 percent from the field.

HOMECOMING
Morgan State has three players on the roster from California. Thair Heath and Hassante Manning are both from Los Angeles, while Rasean Simpson is from San Diego.

WORKING OVERTIME
The Morgan State Bears are 1-0 in overtime games this season…On Nov. 25 vs. Marist, the Bears posted a 74-67 overtime victory in the consolation round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

HUBBARD SEEING TRIPLE D
Anthony Hubbard has recently recorded back-to-back games with double-doubles. On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge with 13 points and 11 rebounds, followed by 15 points and 11 boards at UC Irvine on Dec. 29, and most recently a 13 points and 12 boards performance on Jan. 11 versus South Carolina State.

UP NEXT
After Norfolk State, the Bears will take on the Hampton Pirates on Monday night at the HU Convocation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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Coppin welcomes South Carolina State to CSPEC Monday night

Posted on 12 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD—The South Carolina State men (5-10, 1-1 MEAC), will look to bounce back in the win column when they take on Coppin State (4-11, 1-1 MEAC) in a pivotal Mid-Eastern Athletic conference doubleheader, Monday at the Coppin Center. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m., immediately following the women’s game.

The Bulldogs dropped a tough, 73-56, decision to the Bears of Morgan State on Saturday to fall to 1-1 in the MEAC, senior All-MEAC forward Matthew Hezekiah led the way with 16 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, freshman guard Jalen White added 12 in the loss.

“We don’t add any extra pressure on ourselves we just have to play Bulldogs basketball and take it one game at a time,” said SC State head coach Murray Garvin. “It’s not going to be easy playing a team that’s well coached by a legend (Coach Fang Mitchell) but we also have a good team and we will play our hearts out and leave it on the floor.

Hezekiah leads the team in scoring this season with 13.3 ppg and 5.7 rebounds. Senior guard Adama “Louis” Adams is second on the team behind Hezekiah with 9.5 points per contest. Sophomore forward Daryll Palmer leads the team in rebounds with 6.6 boards, while tossing in 7.7 points.

Coppin State dropped their second conference contest, 75-53, to Savannah State on Saturday. The Eagles is led by Michael Murray with 15.6 ppg, while teammates Sterling Smith and Andre Armstrong added a little over 10.0 points per outing.

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Morgan plays first game of 2014 Saturday against SC State

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Opponent: South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-9, 1-0 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (131-110 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (3-10, 1-0) begins the calendar year when they host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent South Carolina State on Saturday. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to snap a three-game losing skid. Saturday afternoon’s contest will mark the 72nd basketball meeting between the teams. MSU has won six straight against the Bulldogs since 2010. The Bears are attempting to win its first two league game for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs welcomed back seven veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 6-24 overall record and went 2-14 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Matthew Hezekiah lis the only ‘Dawg averaging in double-figures by leading SCSU averaging 12.9 ppg. Hezekiah is also shooting 57 percent (72-125) from the field.  Darryl Palmer leads SCSU on the boards (6.5 rpg) and is averaging 1.5 blocks per contest with 7.8 points per contest. Jalen White runs the show for SCSU from his point guard position where he’s averaging 5.4 ppg and is dishing out 2.4 assists per game. Murray Garvin (Eastern Kentucky, ’98) enters his first season as SCSU’s head men’s basketball coach. South Carolina State posted their first conference win of the season with an, 78-71, victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore Wednesday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. Senior forward Matthew Hezekiah led the way for the Bulldogs recording his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Adama “Louis” Adams and freshman Jalen White tossed in 14 each in the win.

MSU’S LAST TIME OUT VS. SCSU
bench to score 16 points and Morgan State pulled away in the second half to defeat South Carolina State 61-52 in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.Hubbard scored 11 points in a span of just under 7 minutes midway through the first half to rally the fifth-seeded Bears (15-14). South Carolina State (6-24) went cold after scoring the game’s first 12 points and leading 32-29 at halftime. The 12th-seeded Bulldogs shot 25.7 percent (8 of 31) in the second half, including 1 of 13 from 3-point range after making 4 of 6 first-half 3-pointers. DeWayne Jackson scored 12 points for Morgan State to move into fifth place on the Bears’ career scoring list with 1,549 points. Matthew Hezekiah paced SCSU with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

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 currently has 1,045 career points.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Thair HeathIan Chiles and Cedric Blossom are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 13 games Heath is shooting 66.7 pct, Chiles is shooting 57.4 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting 54.4 pct. from the floor.

PERFECT STROKE
On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge, Blake Bozeman went 5-10 from downtown on his way to scoring a season-high 15 points. Bozeman’s five three-pointers was the most by a Bear so far this season. The junior guard has connected on 21-of-62 three-pointers (.339 pct; No. 15 in MEAC).

CHILES NAMED “BEST OF 2013″ BY COLLEGE HOOPS DAILY
MSU redshirt senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the “Best of 2013″ All-MEAC Team by CollegeHoopsDaily.com. The website picked the top five players in each conference that stood out during the non-conference slate (click here for the entire team). Chiles finished non-conference action with 15 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and 2.9 blocks per game. The Cliffside Park, N.J. native also finished non-conference action by shooting 56 percent from the field.

HOMECOMING
Morgan State has three players on the roster from California. Thair Heath and Hassante Manning are both from Los Angeles, while Rasean Simpson is from San Diego.

WORKING OVERTIME
The Morgan State Bears are 1-0 in overtime games this season…On Nov. 25 vs. Marist, the Bears posted a 74-67 overtime victory in the consolation round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

HUBBARD SEEING DOUBLE
Anthony Hubbard has recently recorded back-to-back games with double-doubles. On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge with 13 points and 11 rebounds, followed by a 15 points and 11 boards effort at UC Irvine on Dec. 29.

UP NEXT
After SCSU, the Bears will hit the road for the next four games starting with a matchup against Norfolk State on Jan. 18 in Norfolk, Va.

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Morgan’s Chiles, Black recognized by MEAC

Posted on 30 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Du’Vaughn Maxwell of Hampton was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  Lawrence Cooks, also of Hampton, earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Morgan State’s Ian Chiles was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Maxwell (F, 6-7, 215, Sr., Manhattan, N.Y.) recorded a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds as he led the Pirates to a 101-95 double overtime victory over Winthrop.  Maxwell also recorded five blocks, one steal and one assist, while playing 44 minutes, in the victory.

Cooks (G, 6-1, 175, r-Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) scored 12 points with three rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes of play in the Pirates victory over Winthrop.

Chiles (C, 7-2, 260, r-Sr., Cliffside Park, N.J.) grabbed eight boards, blocked three shots and registered one steal against Cal State Northridge.  He also added 19 points and one assist offensively.

Other Top Performances

Justin Black (MSU) recorded 24 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against Cal State Northridge.

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Coppin forward Murray named MEAC Player of the Week

Posted on 09 December 2013 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. – Michael Murray of Coppin State was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  Hakeem Baxter, of Maryland Eastern Shore, earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Norfolk State’s Brandon Goode was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

Murray (F, 6-5, 220, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 28 points to lead Coppin State to a 73-54 win over Delaware State.  Murray nailed his first six shots of the game en route to a 75-percent (11-of-15) shooting performance from the field, including 3-of-5 from long range.  He also grabbed seven boards, dished out two assists and stole one pass in 34 minutes of play.

Baxter (G, 6-2, 170, Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded a career-high 28 points, connecting on 9-of-10 baskets from the charity stripe, with three rebounds, one assist and one steal against University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Goode (C, 7-0, 235, Sr., Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 17 rebounds, seven blocks and two steals in two conference wins over Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M last week.  He tallied nine rebounds with a game-high five blocks against B-CU.  Offensively, he added 20 total points, connecting on 53.8-percent (7-of-13) from the field.

Other Top Performances

Jamie Adams (FAMU) registered 24 points, one rebound and two assists against Norfolk State.

Tyshawn Bell (DSU) scored a career-high 19 points, with five rebounds, two assists and one steal against Baptist Bible.

Justin Black (MSU) scored 17 points, with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block against Howard.

Marcel Boyd (Howard) posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds against American.

Ian Chiles (MSU) recorded a game-high nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a win over Howard. 

Kendall Gray (DSU) finished with a total nine points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots in three games last week.

Malcolm Hawkins (NSU) averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in a pair of conference wins over Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.

Alfonzo Houston (NCCU) averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals to help the Eagles finish 1-1 last week, including a non-conference victory over Old Dominion.

Trey Kellum (FAMU) recorded a combined 13 points, 17 boards, two assists and two steals against Norfolk State and Hampton last week.

Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton) tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks against Florida A&M.

Prince Okoroh (Howard) finished with 25 points, three rebounds and one steal against Morgan State.

Deron Powers (Hampton) scored 22 points, with three rebounds, four assists and two steals against Florida A&M.

Troy Snyder (UMES) hauled down 12 rebounds, along with eight points, one assist and one steal against UMBC.

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Morgan hosts Howard Saturday in MEAC opener

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
Opponent: Howard Bison (2-8, 0-0 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4 p.m. (ET)
LIVE Internet Stream: www.morganstatebears.com
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (129-107 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.HUBison.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (1-7) continues the 2013-14 campaign at home in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup against the Howard Bison on Saturday, December 7th at Hill Field House. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to bounce back from an 89-62 defeat against Maryland. Saturday night’s contest will mark the 101st basketball meeting between the teams. The Bears hold a 59-49 record against Howard since the series began in 1950-51. Tip-off at Hill Field House is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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 20.9 ppg and is shooting 37 percent (54-66) from beyond the arc. Prince Okoroh is the only other Bison who’s scoring in double-figures (14.4 ppg) and he also leads the team in rebounding (5.1 rpg). Oliver Ellison has chipped in 4.3 rpg and leads the Bison with 16 blocked shots thru 10 starts for the Bison. Kevin Nickleberry (Virginia Wesleyan ’86) enters his third season as Howard’s head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 9-32 record and is 108-134 overall. James Daniel and Marcel Boyd each scored 15 points, but it was not enough to overcome some poor shooting and several miscues as Howard fell 76-52 to American University in a non-conference men’s game at Bender Arena.The Bison (2-8) got off to a slow start and could not find any rhythm on offense as the Eagles (3-4) made sure that Howard’s two top scorers would not get off early.  PrinceOkoroh, who came into the game off a 40-point performance in the overtime loss to William and Mary, failed to get a field goal and was held to one free throw. Howard shot a season-low 19 percent and trailed, 36-13 at the half.

LAST TIME OUT VS. HOWARD
Feb. 11, 2013 — Morgan State redshirt-junior Ian Chiles scored 16 points and hit a pair of clutch free throws to help the Bears hold off Howard for a 53-51 victory Monday night at Burr Gymnasium. Chiles, a 7-foot-2 center, pulled down seven rebounds and had three blocked shots. His 16-point effort matched his career-high that he set at UNLV on November 20, 2011. Morgan State (8-12, 4-5) won the rebound battle 37-25 and outscored the Bison 30-10 in the paint. Junior Justin Black had 13 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Blake Bozeman had 11 points for the Bears. Howard trailed 26-25 early in the second half, but took a 39-32 lead with 13:14 left on Anton Dickerson’s 3-pointer. Chiles responded with a layup seconds later, and Morgan State ran off 11 consecutive points, including Black’s go-ahead tip-in with 6:54 remaining. The victory was Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman‘s 100th in the MEAC, the most by any Bears’ coach. The meeting was the 100th all-time between the schools.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black has 942 points for his career and needs just 58 to join the 1,000 points club.

CHILES STANDS TALL 
Redshirt senior Ian Chiles returns as one of the tallest centers in the state of Maryland. The 7-foot-2 senior averaged 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 1.7 bpg last season. The New Jersey native was also one of the most efficient low-post players in the league by shooting 53.5 percent from the field. “Big Slew” used the offseason to improve his strength and conditioning and is expected to be among the most dominant post players in the league. “Slew” is currently averaging 14.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg.

UP NEXT
After Howard, the Bears host non-conference opponent High Point on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m, followed by a 3-game west coast swing to face California-Northridge (Dec. 27), Oregon (Dec. 29) and California-Irvine (Jan. 2).

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Morgan tries to score another upset in first meeting with Terps since 2009

Posted on 28 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
Opponent: Maryland Terps (4-2)
Site: Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland
Game Time: 6 p.m. (ET)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (129-106 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State (1-6) continues the 2013-14 campaign on the road against the Maryland Terps (4-2) on Friday, November 29th at Comcast Arena. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to build upon its 74-67 overtime victory against Marist at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Monday. Friday night’s contest will mark the seventh basketball meeting between the teams. The Terps hold a 5-1 record against Morgan State since the series began in 1988. Tip-off at the Comcast Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on ESPN3.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

SCOUTING THE TERPS
The Terps welcomed back six veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted a 25-13 overall record and advanced to the Semifinals of the NIT. Jake Laymanleads Maryland by averaging 16.4 ppg and is shooting 50 percent (15-30) from beyond the arc. Dez Wells (13.0 ppg), Evan Smotrycz (12.8), Nick Faust (11.2 ppg) andCharles Mitchell (10.4 ppg) are all averaging double-digits for the Terps. Mark Turgeon (Kansas ’87) enters his fourth season as Maryland’s head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 46-29 record and is 296-188 overall. Dez Wells hit a running hook shot with 1:04 left and added a pair of clutch free throws as Maryland held off Providence, 56-52, to claim the 2013 Paradise Jam tournament championship Monday night. Wells was named the tournament’s MVP after a 13-point effort. Evan Smotrycz added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

LAST TIME VS THE TERPS
Jan. 8, 2009 — Reggie Holmes scored a game-high 25 points to lead Morgan State to a 66-65 upset victory over Maryland on Wednesday night at Comcast Center before 15,138 fans. The Terps were held to 26-of-73 (35.6%) shooting as they had their seven-game winning streak snapped, and fell to Morgan State for the first time in school history. Holmes, who had seven points in the first half, exploded for 18 second half points to help the Bears rally from behind. Following two free throws by Neal to tie the ballgame at 63, Holmes hit his 5th three-pointer of the night to with :49 seconds left on the clock.The Terps had a chance to tie the ballgame down the stretch when Landon Milbourne made a basket in the lane and was fouled by Jermaine “Itchy” Bolden with 29.8 seconds left, trailing 66-65.  He missed the free throw. Greivis Vasquez’ desperation heave in the final seconds fell short to seal the victory, handing the Terps their first home loss of the season.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

COMFORTABLE AT HILL FIELD HOUSE
Todd Bozeman has won at least 10 home games in three of his seven seasons in Baltimore. The 2007-08 (12-1) and 2009-10 (11-1) squads finished with just a single loss, while the 2010-11 squad went 10-2. Bozeman has led the Bears to a 59-22 overall home record at Hill Field House.
Bozeman Era Home Records (59-22)
2006-07            9-4
2007-08            12-1
2008-09            8-2
2009-10            11-1
2010-11            10-2
2011-12            4-7
2012-13            5-4
2013-14            0-1

JB PRODUCTION
Senior guard Justin Black has been one of the most consistent players for Todd Bozeman‘s Bears. Last season, the 6-foot-2 guard, was among the MEAC’s leading scorers a season ago (14.2 ppg – No. 5) and scored double-figures 24 of 32 games, including 18 of the last 22 contests. The Dunbar HS product  scored 20 or more points eight times last season, and posted a season-high 23 points at Coppin State on Feb. 9, 2013. Black will enter the Maryland contest averaging 18.4 points thru the Bears first seven games, including a career-high 28-point performance at Towson.

BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black has 929 points for his career and needs just 71 to join the 1,000 points club.

BLACK AND CHILES SHOULDERING THE LOAD
Seniors Justin Black and Ian Chiles are scoring most of the points for the Bears thru seven games. Black leads the squad averaging 33.1 minutes, 18.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Chiles leads the team in rebounds (5.6) and is averaging 13.9 points and 2.9 blocks per contest.

UP NEXT
After Maryland, the Bears host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Howard on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m, followed by non-conference opponent High Point on Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

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Morgan wraps 2013 season Saturday at Delaware State

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (4-7, 4-3 MEAC) at Delaware State (5-5, 5-2 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 – 2 p.m. ET
Alumni Stadium (30,000)
Dover, Del.

GAME TIME
The Bears (4-6, 4-3) will travel to square-off against the Delaware State Hornets in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday (Nov. 23) in Dover (Del). Head coach Kermit Blount leads the Hornets. Delaware State (5-5, 5-2) extended to a 2-game winning streak after a 29-21 conference victory against Florida A&M last Saturday in Tallahassee. The Bears dropped a 38-3 decision against South Carolina State at Oliver Bulldog Stadium in an ESPNU Thursday night matchup. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Alumni Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-HORNETS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Hornets will meet for the 56th time since 1945 … Morgan State leads the series 31-24.
• MSU won the first matchup in 1945 by a score of 27-0.
• Last time against the Hornets (Oct. 25, 2012) … Delaware State’s defense stopped the Bears on a fourth down play inside of the Hornets’ territory to hold off the Bears tonight 28-23 at Hughes Stadium in front of an ESPNU audience. Elko and Tarpley caused major problems for the Bears defense all night long. At one point, Elko completed a Delaware State record 17 consecutive passes. Elko was 33 of 43 for 398 yards and two touchdowns on the night. Tarpley finished with a game-high 12 catches for 143 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.
• The last time the Bears defeated by Delaware State was on Oct. 29, 2011 … In just his fourth college game, Tracy Martin ran for a game-high 154 yards on 38 carries and scored the only points of the game, helping the Bears grind out a 12-0 victory over Delaware State and stretch their winning streak to three straight.
The Bears played smash-mouth football throughout most of the ballgame and simply dominated the time of possession  (39:53 – 20:07) — recording their first shutout since October 7, 2006 when they posted a 32-0 win on the road against North Carolina A&T.

ABOUT THE HORNETS
• Kermit Blount (Winston-Salem State ’80) is wrapping up his third season as head coach of the Delaware State Hornets. During his second year at the school, he led DSU to a 6-5 overall record, the team’s first winning mark since 2007 and a three-game improvement from the previous season. The 2012 Hornets also posted five MEAC wins, four more than the previous year.
• Delaware State returns 41 lettermen, including 15 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, the Bulldogs finished with a 6-5 overall record and 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• QB Corey Murphy (6-1, 205, Santa Clara, Calif.) is the MEAC’s leading passer. The senior has completed 175 of 316 passes for 1,928 yards. He’s currently completing 55.4 percent of his passes (No. 7 in MEAC in pass efficiency; No. 2 in total offense – 2,007 yds) and has thrown a total of 10 TDs and 12 INTs. Murphy threw a pair of TDs against Florida A&M and finished the game 10 of 15 for 141 yards.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout freshman WR Malik Golson (5-9, 180) leads the MEAC in receptions per game (5.1) and ranks No. 3 by averaging 49.9 receiving yards per game. Through 10 games he has 51 receptions for 499 yards and has scored four touchdowns.
• The Hornets ranks among the top in the MEAC in a few categories. DSU ranks No. 1 in penalties (41.7 avg); No. 2 in pass offense (209.6 avg); No. 2 in red zone defense (71.8 pct); and No. 3 in 3rd down conversions (37.7 pct).
• MSU’s offense will have to account for senior defender Ernest Adjei. Adjei, a 6-0, 230 pound LB, ranks No. 16 in the MEAC with 75 tackles (31 solo), 10 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks from his  linebacker position.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 13 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks 6th in MEAC total offense by averaging 304.6 yards per game (4.8 per play).
• MSU ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 173.5 yards per game on 487 carries and have scored 14 TDs on the ground.
• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in rushing with 576 yards on 127 attempts and has scored three TDs.
• MSU QB Robert Council ranks No. 9 in the MEAC in total offense (108.8 ypg) … he has accounted for 598 passing yards and has rushed for 381 yards.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE … Morgan State’s rushing game has powered the team to a No. 4 ranking in the MEAC (173.5 ypg), 7thin scoring (19.4 ppg) and 6th in total offense (304.6 ypg). Morgan State’s 1,908 rushing yards through the first 11 games is already more than they recorded during the 2012 season (1,647 yards) … in fact, it’s already the most rushing yards gained in the last four years. With one game remaining on the schedule, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the 2,040 rushing yards they posted during the 2008 season…just 132 yards to go.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (31:49 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … MSU  has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first 11 games, the Bears have scored 26-of-33 (79%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has eight players with at least 30 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 88 stops (T-14th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 54 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 13 interceptions through 11 games. CB Deshaun Summers and S Paul Eatman leads the way with three picks apiece, followed by CB Joe Rankin has a pair of INTs, while SS Peterson Janvier and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker and Andrew Mitchell each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks T-No. 27 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC).

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES …  Here are a few national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Bears:
• Morgan State is 25th nationally in net punting (37.5) and redshirt freshman punter Lawrence Forbes ranks No. 5 (44.5 avg) and has dropped 13 of his 48 punts inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•  Morgan State is 17th nationally in punt returns (2nd in the MEAC – 11.3).
•  The Bears offense ranks 24th nationally in time of possession (31 avg TOP).
•  MSU 16th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.6).
•  Junior linebacker Cody Acker ranks 21st nationally in solo tackles (59).

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Morgan travels to SC State for nationally televised contest Thursday night

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (4-6, 4-2 MEAC) at South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1 MEAC)
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Dawson Bulldog Stadium (22,000)
Orangeburg, S.C.

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ESPNU, Mark Neely will call the play-by-play and Jay Walker is the color analyst.

GAME TIME
The Bears (4-6, 4-2) will travel to square-off against the South Carolina State Bulldogs in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Thursday (Nov. 14) in Orangeburg (S.C.). Head coach Buddy Pough leads the Bulldogs. South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1) extended to a 2-game winning streak after a 25-21 conference victory against Florida A&M last Saturday in Orangeburg. The Bears needed a field goal at the buzzer to complete a thrilling comeback 24-23 victory against South Carolina State at Hughes Stadium.Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Dawson Bulldog Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPNU. There will also be a live radio broadcast of the game on WEAA, 88.9 FM.

THE BEARS-BULLDOGS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Bulldogs will meet for the 36th time since 1971 … South Carolina State leads the series 29-5-1.
• MSU won the first matchup in 1971 by a score of 21-0; SCSU has won eight straight against the Bears, including a 32-10 win at Hughes Stadium on Nov. 12, 2010.
• Last time against the Bulldogs (Nov. 12, 2010) … The Bears couldn’t stop No. 15 South Carolina State’s big-play offense and couldn’t get away from the Bulldogs’ attacking defense. Those were the main reasons South Carolina State handed the Bears a 32-10 loss in an ESPNU nationally televised game at Hughes Stadium.
The Bulldogs sacked Morgan State freshman quarterback Delonte Williams eight times and forced him to run for his life time and again. In the first half, the Bears gained 183 yards, but they posted minus-29 yards in the second half — when they gave up a safety and couldn’t get going.
• The last time the Bears defeated by S.C. State was on Nov. 16, 2012 … Morgan State is 1-8 against South Carolina State under Coach Hill … his single win was during his first season at the helm when his Bears travelled to Orangeburg and came away with a shocking 23-12 victory.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS
• Oliver “Buddy” Pough is in his 12th season as head football coach at South Carolina State, his alma mater. Since succeeding head coach emeritus Willie Jeffries as Bulldog head coach in 2002, Pough has established SC State football as one of the top programs in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). During an 11-year tenure at the school his teams have also captured two MEAC titles (2008 & 2009) outright, shared two others (2004, 2010), and made three trips to the prestigious FCS playoffs (2008, 2009 and 2010). His overall and conference records at SC State trail only Jeffries.
• South Carolina State returns 40 lettermen, including 17 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, the Bulldogs finished with a 5-6 overall record and 4-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• R-Senior QB Richard Cue (6-1, 180) leads the Bulldogs offense by completing 112 of 201 passes for 1,308 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s currently completing 55.7 percent of his passes (No. in MEAC in pass efficiency) and has thrown a total of 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout senior WR Tyler McDonald (6-3, 190) is the MEAC’s leading receiver by averaging 80.6 yards per game. Through nine games he has 37 receptions for 725 yards and has scored six touchdowns.
• The Bulldogs also have a potent ground game led by freshman RB Justin Taylor.  The Atlanta, Ga. product ranks among the league leaders in rushing with 538 yards on 153 carries (Ranked 4th in the MEAC) and has scored six rushing TDs.
• MSU’s offense will have to account for senior defender Joe Thomas. Thomas, a 6-0, 230 pound LB, ranks No. 5 in the MEAC with 88 tackles (63 solo).

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 13 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 321.7 yards per game (5.1 per play).
• MSU ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 182.3 yards per game on 445 carries and have scored 14 TDs on the ground.
• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No 6 in the MEAC in rushing with 571 yards on 122 attempts and has scored three TDs.
• Morgan State ranks 3rd in MEAC pass efficiency (122.4).
•  The Bears defense will attempt to record their 10 straight game of registering a turnover … they recorded an interception  in their last game against North Carolina A&T.

•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE … Morgan State’s rushing game has powered the team to a No. 3 ranking in the MEAC (182.3 ypg), T-5thin scoring (21.0 ppg) and 5th in total offense (321.7 ypg). Morgan State’s 1,823 rushing yards through the first 10 games is already more than they recorded during the 2012 season (1,647 yards) … in fact, it’s already the most rushing yards gained in the last four years. With three games remaining on the schedule, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the 2,040 rushing yards they posted during the 2008 season…just 218 yards to go.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (32:01 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first nine games, the Bears have scored 23-of-29 (79%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has seven players with at least 30 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 85 stops (T-12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 50 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … The Morgan State offensive line has been one of the toughest teams to sack in the conference. The Bears currently rank No. 3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 16 sacks in 10 games.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 12 interceptions through nine games. CB Deshaun Summers and S Paul Eatman leads the way with three picks apiece, followed by CB Joe Rankin has a pair of INTs, while SS Peterson Janvier and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks T-No. 26 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 3 in pass defense by limiting opponents to 150.1 yards per game.

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES … Here are a few national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Bears:

• Morgan State is 15th nationally in net punting (38.4) and redshirt freshman punter Lawrence Forbes ranks No. 3 (45.2 avg) and has dropped 12 of his 41 punts inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•  Morgan State is 10th nationally in punt returns (2nd in the MEAC – 13.5).
•  The Bears offense ranks 22nd nationally in time of possession (32 avg TOP).
•  MSU 14th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.7).
•  Morgan State’s pass defense ranks 3rd nationally by limiting opponents to 150.1 passing yards per game.
•  Junior linebacker Cody Acker ranks 2oth nationally in solo tackles (56).

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Morgan K Moller picks up weekly MEAC honor

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Howard’s Greg McGhee was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  Norfolk State’s Lynden Trail was named Defensive Player of the Week.

N.C. A&T’s Tarik Cohen was named Rookie of the Week, while Howard’s Deonta Allen Wright earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors.  Morgan State’s Chris Moller and N.C. Central’s Adrian Wilkins earned Co-Special Teams Player of the Week accolades, respectively.

McGhee (QB, 6-3, 208, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) completed 26-of-37 passes for 326 yards with two touchdowns to lead Howard to a 42-14 victory over Savannah State.  He also rushed 14 times for a career-high 148 yards with another two touchdowns.

Trail (OLG, 6-7, 260, Jr., Miami, Fla.) recorded eight tackles, three solo, with 2.5 for a loss of 16 yards, including 1.5 sacks for an eight-yard loss against Bethune-Cookman.  He also forced two fumbles and broke up one pass as Norfolk State gave B-CU its first conference loss in since 2011, ending an 11-game MEAC win streak.

Cohen (RB, 5-8, 170, Fr., Bunn, N.C.) rushed for 185 yards on 31 carries with one touchdown against Morgan State.  He also caught two passes for 15 yards in the team’s 24-23 loss.

Wright (OG, 6-5, 305, r-So., Midlothian, Va.) anchored Howard’s offensive line that accounted for 559 yards of total offense in a win over Savannah State.  Wright graded out a season-high 98 percent on all blocking assignments that attributed to 223 rushing yards.

Wilkins (RS, 5-8, 170, So., Forest City, N.C.) returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, third of the season and national best, against Hampton.  He finished with 163 all-purpose yards, including 102 kickoff return yards.

Moller (PK, 5-11, 235, Fr., Newport, News, Va.) hit a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Bears a 24-23 victory over North Carolina A&T.  He also averaged 59.5 kickoff yards on four attempts in the win.

Other Top Performances

Cameron Alston (Howard) recorded seven tackles, three solo, with one for a loss of five yards and one recovered fumble against Savannah State.

Bryan Bailey (Hampton) compiled 226 yards on 21-of-31 passes in a win against N.C. Central.

Tyler Clark (NSU) completed 12-of-25 passes for 151 yards with one touchdown against Bethune-Cookman.

Robert Council (MSU) connected on 8-of-17 passes for 122 yards and added 78 rushing yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns against N.C. A&T.

Michael Ducre (FAMU) recorded 11 tackles, six solo, with 0.5 for a loss of 11 yards against S.C. State.

Rolandan Finch (NSU) rushed for 110 yards on 38 attempts with one touchdown in a win over Bethune-Cookman.

Tazmon Foster (NCCU) amassed a game-high 13 tackles (8 solo) with one for a loss of one yard.

Marcus Hampton (Hampton) rushed for a career-high 166 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown in the Pirates’ 29-21 win over N.C. Central.

Nathan Isles (NCAT) recorded five pancake blocks and graded out at 91-percent of his assignments as he led the Aggies offensive line that amassed 452 yards of total offense against Morgan State.

D’Vonte Grant (NCAT) returned an interception back for a 14-yard touchdown and posted nine tackles, five solo, against Morgan State.

Antonio Jefferson (MSU) caught three passes for 67 yards including a 51-yard reception against N.C. A&T.

Carvin Johnson (Hampton) finished with eight tackles, two solo, and one interception in a win against N.C. Central.

Cody Jones (NCAT) was 3-for-3 in field goals and 2-for-2 in PAT attempts in the Aggies loss to Morgan State.

Blake Matthews (NSU) graded out at 90-percent of his assignments as he led the Spartans offensive line to 299 yards of total offense against Bethune-Cookman.

Cameron Marouf (NSU) scored nine points, kicked a career-long 43-yard field goal, and finished 2-for-2 on field goals and 3-for-3 on point after attempts against Bethune-Cookman.

Anthony Philyaw (Howard) rushed for 53 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns against Savannah State.

Joe Thomas (SCSU) tallied 10 tackles, nine solo, with 2.5 for a loss of three yards including 1.5 sacks and one breakup.

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