Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (135-112 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.DSUHornets.com
BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State looks to remain in the race for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season crown as it welcomes Hampton to Hill Field House. While the game is not for first place, the winner will have a leg up on the competition. This will be the second meeting of the regular season between the Bears and Pirates. Tip-off is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. The game will be an ‘Orange Out’ as MSU fans are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing orange to the contest.
SCOUTING THE PIRATES
The Pirates welcomed back eight veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 14-17 overall record, and finished third place in the MEAC with an 11-5 record. Du’Vaughn Maxwell (14.8 ppg) and Deron Powers (11.0 ppg) lead the Pirates in scoring. Du’Vaughn also controls the boards for the Pirates by averaging 6.7 rpg to go along with 65 blocks (3.3) on the season. Edward “Buck” Joyner, Jr. enters his fifth season as the Pirates’ head coach where he currently holds a 75-75 record. The Hampton University men’s basketball team needed five more minutes than expected, but still remained unbeaten on the road in MEAC play with a 79-76 overtime win over Coppin State Saturday evening at the Physical Education Complex. Jervon Pressley led four Pirates in double figures with a season-high 16 points to help the Pirates extend to a 3-game winning streak.
COMFORTABLE AT HILL FIELD HOUSE
Todd Bozeman has won at least 10 home games in three of his six 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 63-23 (.732) overall home record at Hill Field House.
THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 19 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.4 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.2 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.9 points and leads the squad averaging 6.5 rebounds on the boards.
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 1,150 career points.
POUNDING THE PAINT
Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through seven conference games, MSU is averaging 74.3 points per game, ranking second in the MEAC, including 13.4 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint against Hampton (1/20).
THEIVES IN THE NIGHT
Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game – Justin Black (2.2 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.7 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 4 in the MEAC by averaging 7.3 steals per game.
TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles, Cedric Blossom and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 19 games Chiles is shooting 55.4 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.5 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 51.0 pct from the floor (Ranks No. 9). The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 4 in field goal percentage (.419).
WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 7 blocked shots against Marist on 11/25. He’s currently ranked No. 4 in the MEAC averaging 2.7 rejections per contest (52) and now has 151 career blocks.
THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
In the first seven conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 310 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 232 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Delaware State, the trio accounted for 45 of the Bears’ 77 points with Ian Chiles leading the way with 24. The trio has totaled 844 of the team’s 1,217 points, 69 percent of the team’s scoring load.