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Bozeman continues to deliver consistency for Morgan hoops program

Posted on 21 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Bozeman Basketball Program Consistency

When the word consistency is brought up in regards to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball, Todd Bozeman and his Morgan State men’s basketball program certainly comes to mind immediately and for a good reason.

The Bears have participated in five of the last seven MEAC Tournament championships, captured back-to-back MEAC Titles, and made appearances in the NIT and two NCAA Tournaments.

It’s not just the March success that indicates Morgan State is a consistent program. The Bears have been among the Top Five ranked teams in the MEAC standings for five of the past seven years, including three MEAC regular season titles and a pair of MEAC championships in that span. It’s truly a remarkable statistic considering the turnover that occurs every season.

In fact, from 2006-present Todd Bozeman has compiled a 134-110 (.549) record after 244 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program, and as far as historical value, Bozeman is the school’s all-time winningest Division I head coach – hands down.

Bozeman has also been tremendous in conference play where he has led his Bears to a tremendous 81-35 (.698 pct) conference mark, and has been named the MEAC Coach of Year twice, and has also been honored as the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year.

Current overseas rosters are also littered with Bozeman players of the past seven years, including the likes of Joe Davis, Kevin Thompson and the school’s all-time leading scorer Reggie Holmes.

There is no question that Todd Bozeman has turned Morgan State’s program that was the perennial doormat of the league into one of the premier teams in the MEAC. One day his name will surely be in the rafters of Hill Field House, along with a few of the standouts from his championship teams.

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Coppin eyes third straight win Monday at Norfolk State

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. - After dropping its first conference game in almost two years, the Norfolk State men’s basketball team will look to get back on track on Monday night as the Spartans host Coppin State at 8 p.m. at Joseph Echols Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Media Coverage: Fans can listen to the game and watch the live video stream at the same time with the Spartan Showcase Video Streaming portal. Live stats will be available as well here.

Series History: NSU owns a 21-11 lead in the all-time series with Coppin State. The Spartans have won two in a row and eight of the last 10. NSU won both meetings last year, 75-68 at home and 80-70 up in Baltimore. Each of the last 14 meetings has been decided by 10 points or less.

About Coppin State: The Eagles own a 6-11 overall record and a 3-1 mark in conference play after downing Hampton 71-68 on Saturday. They also defeated Delaware State and South Carolina State this year while dropping a contest against league-leading Savannah State. Michael Murray leads the way with 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Andre Armstrong ranks second with 12.0 points, while teammate Sterling Smith also scores in double figures with 10.4. Taariq Cephis contributes 9.5 points and 4.1 assists. Opponents shoot 48 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range, but the Eagles do a good job of getting to the free throw line and converting, hitting 74.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Last Time Out: Morgan State had a big edge in points off turnovers and second-chance points in defeating NSU 87-70 on Saturday at Echols Hall. The loss snapped NSU’s 23-game regular season conference win streak and also broke a six-game win streak against the Bears. Justin Black had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Anthony Hubbard added 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists for MSU. The Bears outscored the Spartans 29-7 in points off turnovers, as NSU had twice as many giveaways as MSU (18-9). Pendarvis Williams and Malcolm Hawkins added 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Back in the FoldRaShid Gaston competed in his first game in nearly two months when he played 20 minutes and totaled four points and two rebounds at Delaware State. He missed 13 games due to a torn meniscus and a partial tear of his ACL in his left knee suffered during practice on Nov. 17. Zieyik Estime, meanwhile, missed three games as well from Jan. 3-13 due to an ankle sprain.

Senior Leadership: NSU has scored 1,394 points this year, with 1142 of those points (81.9 percent) coming from NSU’s eight-player senior class.

Spartans in the MEAC: NSU is 4-1 this year in the MEAC and 33-4 since the start of the 2011-12 season.

Don’t Foul ‘EmMalcolm Hawkins and Pendarvis Williams have been on fire from the charity stripe lately. Hawkins has hit 45-of-49 from the free throw line over his last 10 games, while Williams has connected on 39-of-43 in the last 11 games. Hawkins had made 24 straight free throws before a miss at DSU, while Williams was 8-of-8 at UMES, including 4-of-4 in the last 20 seconds of the game. Hawkins, meanwhile, hit 5-of-6 in the last minute at DSU.

As a team, the Spartans are connecting on 71.5 percent from the foul line this year. Only once in the previous 30 years has NSU hit better than 70 percent from the free throw line in a season (72.0 percent, 2003-04). The all-time program record is 72.3 percent set in 1968-69.

Williams (83.9 percent) and Hawkins (83.8) are ahead of the program’s individual Division I record of 83.3 set by Ryan Grier in 2003-04. The all-time NSU record is 85.6 percent set by David Donerlson in 1991-92.

Rare CompanyPendarvis Williams is one of five all-time NSU players with at least 1,400 points, 400 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals along with Ralph Tally, Barry Mitchell, Tony Murphy and Michael Deloach. Williams needs 41 more rebounds to reach 500 for his career, and should he reach that mark he will join Tally and Mitchell as the only players to reach 1,400 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals.

Dominating the Inside: Norfolk State has outscored opponents 660-517 in points in the paint, an average of 7.9 points per game. Against East Carolina, the Spartans had a 50-16 edge in points in the paint, and against Stillman that margin was 62-26. On the flip side, opponents have taken 114 more 3-pointers than NSU this year.

The Hawk: Senior Malcolm Hawkins has scored in double figures in every full game he’s played this year (He played only the second half at Delaware State). He had his fifth 20-point game of the year against Seattle with 22 points. His 16.7 per-game average currently ranks as the seventh-best in the Division I era (1997-Present) behind three players – Michael Deloach, Damian Woolfolk and Tony Murphy – who each became 1,700 career point scorers at NSU.

Taking Care of the Ball: NSU has had fewer turnovers than its opponent in 10 of the last 15 games.

Increased Production: Starting guard Jamel Fuentes has posted 8.8 points on 12-of-25 shooting with 4.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the last four games. He has also had at least four assists in the last 10 games. After scoring just six points all year, Kievyn Lila-St. Rose added a career-high 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting at UMES when NSU was down to just nine active players. Lila-St. Rose is averaging 6.0 points in the last four games.

Brandon Goode tallied 12.5 points on 21-of-31 field goals in four games from Dec. 30-Jan. 13. He has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 and is shooting 19-of-26 from the field over the last four games.

Hot HandsJamel Fuentes has a 61-19 assist-turnover ratio over his last 10 games.

MEAC Rankings: Several NSU players rank in the top 5 in the league, including Malcolm Hawkins, who ranks first in the league in 3-point shooting percentage (41.9). Other top 5 performances include Brandon Goode (2nd – 61.9 field goal percentage; 5th – 2.5 blocks, 6.8 rebounds), Jamel Fuentes (1st – 2.8 assist-turnover ratio; 2nd – 5.7 assists), Pendarvis Williams (5th – 83.9 free throw percentage) and Hawkins (4th – 40.0 3-point field goal percentage).

As a team, NSU ranks first in scoring offense (77.4), field goal percentage (49.0), 3-point field goal percentage (35.6) and opponent rebounding (32.7). The Spartans also stand second in assists (14.4), assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and offensive rebound percentage (36.0) and third in scoring margin (+0.6), free throw percentage (71.5), rebounding margin (+1.8) and defensive rebound percentage (66.0).

Hot Shooting: Thanks to a 35-of-53 effort over a five-game stretch from Nov. 26-Dec. 15, Pendarvis Williams is now currently shooting 50.2 percent (102-of-203) from the floor this year, including 62.4 percent (68-of-109) from inside the arc.

Brandon GoodeRiley Maye and RaShid Gaston, meanwhile, have combined to hit 149-of-244 (61.1 percent) from the floor this year. Maye and Anell Alexis have hit a combined 20-of-45 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range as well.

As a team, the Spartans are shooting 49.0 percent from the floor and 35.6 percent from 3-point range this year, the best marks in a season since 1994-95 (49.5 percent) and 1998-99 (35.7 percent), respectively.

Scoring Offense: NSU’s is scoring 77.4 points per game this year, the highest scoring season since averaging 86.3 per game in 1998-99.

Beginning the Climb: Sitting at No. 21 right now in the all-time scoring list at NSU with 1,402, Pendarvis Williams needs two more points to reach 20th all-time. From there he would need more than 130 points to get to the next spot.

Jamel Fuentes now has 353 career assists, which ranks eighth all-time at NSU. He needs six more to reach seventh place.

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Morgan goes for weekend road sweep Monday night at Hampton

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University men’s basketball team will look to get back into the win column on Monday, as the Pirates square off against Morgan State at the HU Convocation Center at 8 p.m.

The Pirates (8-9, 3-1 MEAC) dropped their first conference game of the season on Saturday, falling 71-68 to Coppin State despite holding a lead with less than three minutes to go. Senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Manhattan, N.Y.) led the Pirates with 16 points – on 6-for-6 shooting – while senior guard Ramon Mercado (Hollywood, Fla.) came off the bench to add 12 points on the strength of 4-for-4 shooting from behind the arc.

Junior center Emmanuel Okoroba (Garland, Texas) added 11 points, and sophomore forward Jervon Pressley (Charlotte, N.C.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Pirates shot 54.5 percent from the floor.

Morgan State (5-10, 3-0 MEAC) picked up its second straight win Saturday night, defeating MEAC preseason favorite Norfolk State 87-70 in the Spartans’ home gym. The Bears were picked to finish second in the conference this season, their eighth under head coach Todd Bozeman.

Senior guard Justin Black leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game, while redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles is averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Anthony Hubbard, on top of averaging 11.6 points per game, is pulling down a team-high 6.5 rebounds per contest.

Hampton is 23-12 all-time against Morgan State, and the Pirates have won four of the last six meetings – including a split of last season’s meetings. Morgan State beat the Pirates at the Convocation Center 80-78 last season, before the Pirates returned the favor in Baltimore, Md. with a 64-62 win.

The Pirates are 10-4 against Morgan State at home.

The Pirates are 211-127 all-time as a Div. I program (since 1995) against teams currently in the MEAC, including an 11-5 mark in the conference last season. The Pirates are 3-1 in the MEAC this season after falling to Coppin State on Saturday.

The Pirates went 7-8 at the HU Convocation Center last season, even though they won three of their last five home contests. During Edward Joyner Jr.’s career as a head coach, Hampton is 32-24 overall in the Convocation Center, and the Pirates won their home debut on Nov. 9, defeating William & Mary 77-69, before falling 90-79 to Delaware on Nov. 17.

The Pirates won their first conference home game of the season on Dec. 7, beating Florida A&M 72-62, before beating Bethune-Cookman 85-52 on Dec. 9. Hampton also won home games on Dec. 29 and Jan. 4, a double-overtime 101-95 victory over Winthrop and an 87-60 win over Radford, before falling 71-68 to Coppin State on Saturday.

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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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