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UMBC tries again for first road win Wednesday at Coppin State

Posted on 10 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC (3-7) will be its seventh attempt to garner its first road win of the season when the Retrievers travel to Coppin State (3-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played three games in six days last week and all three were decided by six points or less. The Retrievers edged UMES, 64-59, at home on Dec. 2, but fell at Duquesne (94-88) two days later and at Lehigh (70-68) on Dec. 7. SR F Chase Plummer has scored 48 points in his last two outings, while FR G Rodney Elliott has scored in double figures in the last three games. Both players are averaging 13.9 points per outing.

EAGLE UPDATE: Coppin State opened MEAC play with a convincing 73-54 victory at Delaware State on Dec. 7. Senior forwarrd Michael Murray was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week Monday morning. He scored a career-high 28 points, hitting 11-of-15 shots from the floor. Murray was selected to the MEAC preseason All-Conference First Team after leading the MEAC in rebounds per game last season (8.9) while averaging 12.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith leads the squad at 14.6 points per game and has converted 17-of-36 shots (47.2%) from behind the arc.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC begins the exam period tomorrow and will not be in action again until Sat., Dec. 21, when they make the short trip to Washington, D.C., to face a red-hot George Washington (8-1) squad. 

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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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Coppin F Murray named preseason All-MEAC first team

Posted on 04 November 2013 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State senior Michael Murray was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference First Team and the Eagles were selected to finish ninth in the preseason poll as voted upon by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors and announced by the conference office on Monday.

Murray, who is the Eagles leading returning scorer and rebounder, averaged 12.4 points and a conference-leading 8.9 rebounds per game last season. He was joined on the first team by Justin Black of Morgan State, Pendarvis Williams of Norfolk State, Jeremy Ingram of North Carolina Central and Matthew Hezikiah of South Carolina State.

Coppin State was selected to finish ninth in the preseason poll after receiving 236 points. Norfolk State received 14 first-place votes and finished first in the preseason poll, while Morgan State earned five first-place votes and 555 points to finish second in the voting.

The All-MEAC preseason second team was comprised of Lamont Middleton and Bruce Beckford of North Carolina A&T, Jamie Adams of Florida A&M, Du’Vaugh Maxwell of Hampton and Ian Chiles of Morgan State.

Malcolm Hawkins, Rashid Gaston and Brandon Goode of Norfolk State, Emauel Chapman of North Carolina Central, Anthony Hubbard of Morgan State and Troy Snyder of Maryland Eastern Shore were named to the third team.

Norfolk State’s Williams was named the Preseason Player of the Year.

Coppin State will open the 2013-14 season on Friday (Nov. 8) at California.


MEAC Preseason Poll

1. Norfolk State

2. Morgan State

3. North Carolina Central

4. Hampton

5. North Carolina A&T

6. Savannah State

7. Delaware State

8. Bethune-Cookman

9. Coppin State

10. Florida A&M

11. South Carolina State

12. Howard

13. Maryland Eastern Shore

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Morgan aims to sweep rival Coppin Wednesday night

Posted on 26 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Monday, Feb. 27 2013
Opponent: Coppin State Eagles
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Record:  MSU 10-14 (6-6); CSU 6-22 (3-10)
Series Record: MSU trails 23-51
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (120-99 – 7th yr)

Morgan State will host cross-town rival Coppin State on Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hill Field House. The Bears have won 4 of its last five games, and will enter the contest coming off a 75-68 Bracketbusters win against the High Point Panthers. Justin Black led the way with 20 points and Blake Bozeman recorded his first double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Coppin State snapped a 7-game losing streak by handing the Howard Bison a 63-56 loss in Washington, D.C. Michael Murray paced the Eagles with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 101.

• Morgan State defeated High Point in large part as a result of collecting16 offensive rebounds that led to 24 second chance points.
• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he currently ranks No. 10 in school history with 519 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 10-14 while averaging 67 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State, who shot 67.6 percent from the line last season, continues to have hard times from the stripe … through the first 24 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (319-532 FT).

• The Bears, who held UMES to 4 of 22 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 68 points and opponents are shooting 30 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 59.7 percent against Md.-Eastern Shore, including a season best 63.6 percent from 3-point territory, with 12 steals and nine blocked shots.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 339 points in 24 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 7 (13.7 ppg).

• Justin Black was just shy of posting a triple-double at Liberty. The junior guard finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and nine assists … he is currently ranks No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 14.1 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 162 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 3 (No. 2 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 25 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (41) in the MEAC by averaging 2.1 blocks per game.

• The combination of DeWayne JacksonAnthony Hubbard and Justin Black have provided almost 60 percent of the scoring for the Bears so far this season.

• The Bears’ first 10 games of the 2012-13 season were on the road where they finished 3-7.

• The Bears used seven different lineups this season, but Coach Bozeman has used a lineup 12 times this season that puts DeWayne Jackson at forward with Justin BlackBlake BozemanAnthony Hubbard and Ian Chiles.

• Redshirt junior Ian Chiles, who stands at 7-foot-2, 270-pounds, enters Saturday’s contest with 495 career points and 91 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.8 bpg.

February, 9, 2013 — Junior guard Justin Black had a career-high 23 points with six assists to help lift the Bears to 80-51 win at the Physical Education Complex.  The victory snapped the Bears’ 3-game losing streak, and handed Coppin State its fifth consecutive loss. Morgan State held a 14-9 lead (14:39) before stepping on the accelerator.  The Bears took complete control of the game by outscoring the Eagles 30-7, punctuated by a three-pointer by Black at the buzzer to give the Bears a 46-18 halftime lead.

The Eagles welcome back five veterans, including zero starters, from a squad that posted a 14-16 overall record, finished 6th in the MEAC with a 9-7 ledger. Michael Murray leads the Eagles in scoring and rebounding by averaging 12.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Troy Franklin (11.8 ppg), Andre Armstrong (10.9 ppg) and Patrick Cole (10.4 ppg) are also averaging double-figures for the Eagles. Head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell (Edison State ’84) enters his 27th season as the Eagles head coach and he currently holds a 415-394 (.513) record.

Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

Morgan State will face six teams this season that the program has never met in its basketball history. The first time opponents are: UTSA, Old Dominion, Holy Cross, South Carolina, Illinois State and San Diego. The Bears do not see a familiar foe until the Nov. 29 matchup at Liberty (MSU leads, 1-0), their fifth game of the season. The other five opponents MSU previously has played are University of Virginia (trails, 0-1), Loyola Marymount (leads, 2-0), and Saint Joseph’s (trails, 0-1).

The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

DeWayne Jackson (1,485, 519 rebs., 164 asts) needs 26 points to surpass Harry Johnson (1,500 points – 1958-62) to become the school’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson(2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophomore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High, Willis Turnipseed played at City High, and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .547 (120-99) after 219 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. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

During his tenure in Baltimore, Todd Bozeman has coached seven (7) different players to All-Conference honors, including four Players of the Year selections: Ron Timus (2007 2nd Team), Boubacar Coly (2008 Defensive POTY, 1st Team), Jamar Smith (2008 Offensive POTY, 1st Team), Marquise Kately (2008 & 2009 2nd Team), Reggie Holmes (2007 All-Rookie, 2008 2nd Team, 2009 Offensive POTY, 2009 & 2010 1st Team), Kevin Thompson (2009 All-Rookie, 2010 Defensive POTY, 2010 1st Team, 2011 2nd Team), DeWayne Jackson (Rookie of the Year, 2011 1st Team).

In the first 24 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 14.1 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.7 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.6 points and 6.9 rebounds on the boards.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season title may be out of reach for Morgan State, but despite being out of the race Coach Todd Bozeman‘s team appears to be improving and gaining momentum. The Bears have won 4 of its last five games and will finish the regular season with four games against teams with a combined record of 27-76 (.262).  With top teams like Norfolk State, N.C. Central and Savannah State drawing the majority of the attention, it’s easy to see how the Bears can be lost under the radar with a record of 10-14. Morgan State will certainly be a team to watch as we draw closer to the 2013 MEAC Tournament.

Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.6 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 21 of 24 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

The Bears will return to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play when they host rival Md-Eastern Shore on Saturday, March 2nd  Tip-off at Hill Field House is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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Towson welcomes Coppin State to Towson Center Wednesday

Posted on 18 December 2012 by WNST Staff

The Tigers Have Won Four of the Past Five Meetings With the Eagles

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak on Wednesday as the Tigers host local rival Coppin State. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the Tigers women’s basketball team and is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m.

Mariner Finance is Wednesday’s game sponsor and the first 1,000 fans in the arena will receive lanyards.

The Tigers (4-7), who will be playing just their second home game of the season, are coming off a 65-48 setback to North Dakota State on Saturday. Junior Mike Burwell posted his sixth double-digit scoring game of the season with a team-high 14 points. The guard hit four of his nine three-point field goal attempts and leads Towson with 18 triples on the year.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon registered six points and grabbed a season-high tying 11 rebounds against the Bison. The Tigers committed a season-low six turnovers in the loss.

Coppin State has lost five of its last six games and enters tonight with a 2-9 overall record. The Eagles are led by Michael Murray, who is averaging a double-double with 13.4 points and 10.8 rebounds this season. Coppin State has faced some tough competition this season, losing to USC, Texas, Saint Joseph’s and No. 2 Indiana. The Eagles last win came at UMBC (80-61) on December 12.

Towson leads the series history against Coppin State, 6-4. Although the Eagles won last year’s meeting, the Tigers have won four of the last five battles. Coppin State has not won at Towson since Dec. 12, 1992.

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Coppin Guard Murray honored by MEAC

Posted on 17 December 2012 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State’s Michael Murray has been selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week the league announced on Monday.

Murray averaged 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in games against UMBC and Wagner. The junior scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Eagles victory at UMBC and added 11 points and 10 rebounds against Wagner.

He shot 63.2 percent from the floor, including 60.0 percent from the three-point line, in the two games. He also added three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

Murray leads the Eagles averaging 13.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and has seven double-doubles for the year.

Rashid Gaston of Norfolk State was named the MEAC Rookie of the Week and Austin Witter of North Carolina A&T took home the Defensive Player of the Week honors.

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Coppin’s Cole, Murray honored by MEAC

Posted on 26 November 2012 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State freshman Patrick Cole was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, while junior teammate Michael Murray was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week the league announced on Monday.

Cole earned his second MEAC Rookie of the Week honor after scoring 21 points in the Eagles 98-78 victory over Cheyney on Saturday. He was 6-of-10 from the floor, which included making 2-of-3 three-point attempts, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He also added three assists and a steal.

Murray earned his first Defensive Player of the Week award after posting 14 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds against Cheyney. He also had two assists and a steal and reached double figures in rebounding for the fourth consecutive game.

Adrien Coleman of Bethune-Cookman was named the MEAC Player of the Week.

Coppin State returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Loyola at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

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