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Morgan Hosts NC Central Monday Night

Posted on 23 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL

Game 17
Monday, January 23, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (4-12, 2-3 MEAC) vs. N.C. Central (9-9, 3-2 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-75/6th
Career Record: 140-137  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will prepare to host a N.C. Central Eagles team that had a two-game win streak ended at Coppin State. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Monday, Jan. 23rd at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
BEAR BITS

• N.C. Central has the top scoring offense (74.5/g) in the MEAC and the No. 2 ranked scoring defense (64.3/g).
 
• Adrian Powell made a layup with 15 seconds left and North Carolina A&T held on to beat Morgan State 62-61 Saturday. MSU then missed two potential game-winners in the final 14 seconds as Blake Bozeman came up short on a layup and Ian Chiles on a jumper with 2 seconds remaining.
• MSU played in its first game with head coach Todd Bozeman since being suspended after the South Carolina State game on Jan. 7th.
• Monday night’s game will mark the last of a four-game homestand for the Bears.
• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 10 of 16 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 47 straight games.
• Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 13.3 ppg and3.5 rpg. Jackson is averaging 21 points over the last four games, including a game-high 33 against Norfolk State.
• Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks so far this season.
 
• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
 
HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-11 (.807) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a loss against N.C. A&T on Jan. 21.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 3-3 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
 
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th victory as MSU’s head coach.
 
•   Give the Bears its third home victory of the season.
•   Give the Bears its 40th victory against NC Central since 1938.
CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
 Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,034 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
NOTE ON THE EAGLES
•  North Carolina Central had a two game winning streak snapped by Coppin State on Saturday. The Eagles have won two of its last three games, but has lost in three of its last five outings.
•  N.C. Central’s Dominique Sutton is shooting .592 from the field (ranks No.1 in FG Pct. in the MEAC) and averages 15.6 points per game (ranks No. 5 in scoring), followed by Ray Willis (14.4) and Ebuka Anyaorah (10.4).
•  N.C. Central has the top scoring offense in the conference averaging 74.5 points per game, and has the No. 2 ranked scoring defense by limiting opponents to 64.3 points per game.
•  Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman leads the league by averaging 6.2 assists per contest and ranks No.2 with a 2.5 assist/turnover ratio. Chapman recorded a season-high 14 assists versus Barber Scotia College on Nov. 26, 2011.
 
THE SERIES VS. THE EAGLES
• Monday’s game will be the 84th meeting between Morgan State and N.C. Central (formerly known as N.C. College)
 
•  The Eagles lead the series 44-39 since 1938.
•  The last time the Bears played N.C. Central was during the 1979-80 season when the Bears pulled out a 62-61 victory under Coach Gus Guydon.
•  The last time MSU was defeated by the Eagles was during the 1977-78 season when Coach Aaron Johnson’s Bears were dropped 81-73.
N.C. CENTRAL’S LAST GAME
BALTIMORE, Md. – Coppin State’s 12 three-pointers along with senior Michael Harper’s season-high 28 points was all the host Eagles needed to take down North Carolina Central University 77-57 on Saturday afternoon inside the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, Md. Dominique Sutton finished with a team-high 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting along with seven rebounds, a season-high two steals and two blocked shots. Ray Willis ended the night with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
BLACK OUT ENDED                                              
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black was expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a broken foot…he had a screw placed in his talus bone… but his made his return on Jan. 21 against N.C. A&T and finished the game shooting 0 for 5 from the floor with two assists in 10 minutes. Black had not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season…he is currently averaging 6.0 ppg and 1.7 rpg.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will head south for a conference matchup against Norfolk State on Saturday, January 28th. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Morgan Hosts MEAC Foe NC A&T Saturday

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 16
Saturday, January 21, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (4-11, 2-2 MEAC) vs. N.C. A&T (7-12, 2-2 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-74/6th
Career Record: 140-136  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will prepare to host an N.C. A&T Aggies team that has won three of its last four games. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Saturday, Jan. 21st at 4:00 p.m. (ET)
BEAR BITS
N.C. A&T will enter Hill Field House riding a 2-game winning streak, including a 70-65 win against Howard on Monday night in Washington, D.C.
 
Aric Brooks didn’t miss a shot while matching his career high of 18 points and leading the Bears to a 68-56 win over Hampton on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Brooks came off the bench and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.
MSU played in its third game without head coach Todd Bozeman, who was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation stemming from an incident that apparently occurred near the conclusion of the Bears contest at South Carolina State (Jan. 7). Asst. Coach Kevin McClain assumed coaching responsibilities for the team in the interim.
The game will mark the third of a four-game homestand for the Bears.
• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
 Kevin Thompson ranks among the MEAC leaders in scoring (ranked 11th – 12.7 ppg), rebounding (ranked 3rd – 8.5 rpg) and field goal pct. (ranked 9th – .514).
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 10 of 15 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 46 straight games.
Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 12.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg. Jackson  is averaging 21 points over the last three games, including a game-high 33 against Norfolk State.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
 
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
 
HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-10 (.821) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a home season finale win against Delaware State on Feb. 23.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 3-2 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
 
•   Give the Bears its third home victory of the season.
•   Improve the Bears record to 2-2 under interim head coach Kevin McClain.
CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,014 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
NOTE ON THE AGGIES
•  Aggies guard Nic Simpson continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. The senior leads the MEAC in free throw shooting (.871 pct.) and is averaging 11.3 points. The Hampton, Va. native is also shooting .357 from 3-point territory.
•  A&T leads the conference in defensive rebounding (26.0/g) and is currently ranked No. 2  in the MEAC averaging 7.3 3-pointers per game and No. 3 in assists (13.2/g).
•   Marc Hill, a 5-8 senior guard out of Bowie, Md., leads the Aggies in minutes at 25.3 per game. Hill also leads the team in assists (3.7), field goals made (70), field goals attempted (188) and 3-point field goal shooting (.372). Hill has also taken care of the basketball this season. He has 71 assists against just 40 turnovers.
 
THE SERIES VS. THE AGGIES
•  Saturday’s game will be the 81st meeting between Morgan State and N.C. A&T. The Aggies lead the series 47-33 since the 1950-51 season.
 
• Last vs. the Aggies:  Kevin Thompson put in a dominating performance, coming off the bench to pour in a gamer-high 24 points, grab 12 rebounds and blocked three shots to help MSU defeat N.C. A&T, 77-59 in the quarterfinal round of the MEAC Tournament at Joel Coliseum.
 
•  Morgan State has won eight of the last 10 contests against the Aggies.
•  DeWayne Jackson scored 18 points, including the game-winning free throws with 15.5 seconds left, as MSU edged North Carolina A&T 68-66 at Hill Field House on February 1, 2011.
•  The last time MSU was defeated by the Aggies at Hill Field House was on February 20, 2006 when Jason Wills finished the game with 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead A&T to a 56-52 victory. The game was tied 12 times and there were a total of 11 lead changes. MSU guard Joseph McLean finished with 16 points.
N.C. A&T’S LAST GAME
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Aggies posted 70-65 win over Howard at Burr Gymnasium. The win gave the Aggies (7-12, 2-2) their second straight conference win. Adrian Powell finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Austin Witter had four points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.
BLACK OUT            
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will host N.C. Central in a conference matchup on Monday, January 23rd. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Coppin Forwards Wiens, Williams Honored by MEAC

Posted on 16 January 2012 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State’s Logan Wiens was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week, while Antonio Williams was named the Defensive Player of the Week the league announced on Monday.

Wiens averaged 23.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in leading the Eagles to a road victory over South Carolina State and a home win over Hampton. Wiens scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor in an 82-61 win at South Carolina State and then tied his career-high with 23 points in an 83-66 victory over Hampton.

He shot 72.7 percent from the floor in the two games, including 61.6 percent from the three-point line, and made all six of his free throw attempts.

Williams earned his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor on the strength of his 21-rebound performance against Hampton. The 21 rebounds is a conference high this season and ranks fifth in Coppin State history.

He averaged 9.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per outing in the two games and also averaged 2.0 assists.

Ricky Johnson of Bethune-Cookman was named the conference Rookie of the Week.

Coppin hosts Norfolk State Monday at 7:30pm at the Coppin State Physical Education Complex in a Martin Luther King Day showdown.

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Morgan Hosts Hampton In MEAC Title Rematch on MLK Day

Posted on 16 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 15
Monday, January 16, 2012 – 7:02 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (3-11, 1-2 MEAC) vs. Hampton (6-11, 2-2 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
Television: ESPNU
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-76/6th
Career Record: 140-138  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
 
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will attempt to rebound from back-to-back losses when they host the Hampton Pirates. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Monday, Jan. 16th at 7:02 p.m. (ET), and the game will be televised on ESPNU, with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) Derrick Whittenburg (color) calling the action.
BEAR BITS
Hampton will enter Hill Field House attempting to snap a 2-game losing streak, including an 83-66 loss against Coppin State on Saturday night in Baltimore.
 
DeWayne Jackson scored a career-high 33 points, but Kyle O’Quinn scored 25 points as Norfolk State overcame a 17-point second-half deficit and rallied to edge Morgan State 90-89 in double-overtime Saturday.
MSU played in its second game without head coach Todd Bozeman, who was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation stemming from an incident that apparently occurred near the conclusion of the Bears contest at South Carolina State (Jan. 7). Asst. Coach Kevin McClain assumed coaching responsibilities for the team in the interim.
The game will mark the second of a four-game homestand for the Bears.
• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
 Kevin Thompson leads the Bears and ranks among the MEAC leaders in scoring (ranked 8th – 13.4 ppg), rebounding (ranked 3rd – 8.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (ranked 6th – .529).
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 10 of 14 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 45 straight games.
Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.  He currently has 1,363 points and 1,086 rebounds in his career.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 10.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
 
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 2-2 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th win as MSU’s head coach.
•   Give the Bears its second home victory of the season.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 141 career wins.
• Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 66-22 (.750) since joining the Bears in 2006.
•   Improve the Bears record to 1-2 under interim head coach Kevin McClain.
CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
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Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,006 points, Jackson became the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
NOTE ON THE PIRATES
•  The Pirates game versus MSU marks the back-end  of a three-game road swing.
•  Hampton has lost its last two games, including seven of its last outings.
•  Senior All-MEAC guard Darrion Pellum continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. The senior leads the MEAC in scoring by averaging 17.9 points and is shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from 3-point territory. The Hampton, Va. native is also averaging 3.8 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists.
•  Hampton is among the league leaders in rebounding and are currently ranked No. 5  in the MEAC averaging 35.7 rebounds per game.
 
THE SERIES VS. THE PIRATES
•  Monday night’s game will be the 31st meeting between Morgan State and Hampton. The Pirates hold a 20-10 all-time record against MSU.
 
• The Bears have won three of the last four meeting against the Pirates, although Hampton owns an overall 20-10 record against MSU.
 
•  DeWayne Jackson scored 21 points and Kevin Thompson added 19 points to help knock off Hampton 78-72 at Hill Field House on February 10, 2011.
•  The last time MSU was defeated by the Pirates at Hill Field House was on January 27, 2009 when Brandon Tunnell hit a 3-pointer and free throws down the stretch that helped Hampton secure a 62-57 win in front of 3,976 fans … it marked the first conference loss at Hill Field House in two years.
HAMPTON’S LAST GAME
BALTIMORE, Md. – Hampton could never overcome a rough shooting performance to fall 83-66 to Coppin State at the Physical Education Complex Saturday afternoon.The Pirates (6-11, 2-2 MEAC) were led by seniors Darrion Pellum and Mike Tuitt, who combined for 51 of the Pirates’ 66 points, but it was not enough to hold off a Coppin State team that had four players in double figures. Pellum led the Pirates with 26 points.
BLACK OUT            
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will host the North Carolina A&T Aggies in a conference matchup on Saturday, January 21.

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Morgan Hosts Norfolk State Saturday Amidst Controversy

Posted on 14 January 2012 by WNST Staff

BEARS RETURN HOME TO FACE CONFERENCE LEADER NORFOLK STATE ON SATURDAY

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 14
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 4 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (3-10, 1-1 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (12-5, 4-0 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-75/6th
Career Record: 140-137  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State returns from a four-game road swing to face the conference-leader Norfolk State Spartans. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Saturday, Jan. 16th at 4 p.m. (ET). It will be MSU’s first of a four-game homestand, and will mark just the third home game of the season.
BEAR BITS
NSU will enter Hill Field House riding a 5-game winning streak, including a 68-48 win against Howard on Monday night in Echols Hall.
 
DeWayne Jackson scored a game-high 23 points, but a Rashad Hassan dunk in the final minute turned out to be the game winner as the Tigers held on to a 57-55 victory over the Bears on Monday night.
MSU played without head coach Todd Bozeman, who was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation stemming from an incident that apparently occurred near the conclusion of the Bears contest at South Carolina State last Saturday. Asst. Coach Kevin McClain assumed coaching responsibilities for the team in the interim.
 
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
 
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 MEAC record.
• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
 Kevin Thompson leads the Bears and ranks among the MEAC leaders in scoring (ranked 8th – 13.6 ppg), rebounding (ranked 3rd – 8.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (ranked 5th – .544).
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in nine of 13 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 44 straight games.
Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.  He currently has 1,342 points and 1,069 rebounds in his career.
 
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 2-1 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th win as MSU’s head coach.
•   Give the Bears its third road victory of the season.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 141 career wins.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 64-20 (.761) since joining the Bears in 2006.
•  Give the Bears its first victory against Norfolk State since an 88-87 double-overtime victory against the Spartans on February 27, 2010 at Hill Field House.
CHASING 1,000
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Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 973 points, and needs 27 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE SPARTANS
• The Spartans hold a 28-11 all-time record against MSU since the series began during the 1959-60 season.
 
• NSU swept the series last year by defeating the Bears 76-74 during an ESPNU televised game at Hill Field House, and on the road (69-63) at Echols Hall … The Spartans’ standout center Kyle O’Quinn averaged 23.5 ppg against the Bears.
 
•  NSU is ranked first place in the MEAC following its win over Howard and losses by B-CU and Morgan State.
TIGERS LAST GAME OUT
Chris McEachin and Pendarvis Williams scored 16 points apiece and the Norfolk State defense turned in one of its finest efforts of the season in the Spartans’ fifth straight win, a 68-48 decision over Howard on Monday night at Echols Hall. The win helps the Spartans improve to 12-5 overall, 4-0 in the MEAC, their best MEAC start since 2004-05. NSU hounded Howard (4-14, 1-4) into 27 percent shooting and forced 18 Bison turnovers.
BLACK OUT            
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will host Hampton in an ESPNU nationally televised game conference on Monday, January 16.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Virginia @ Maryland (Monday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Teon Kennedy vs. Chris Martin (Friday 9pm from Las Vegas live on ESPN2); High School Basketball: Franklin @ Perry Hall (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Catonsville (Friday 7pm)

10. G. Love & Special Sauce (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Bootsy Collins (Wednesday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage), Charm City Devils (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Smithereens (Friday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Rebelution (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring)

You can’t pay me to say something negative about G. Love. Unless you pay me with money. I’ll lie about anything for money.

I believe Bootsy Collins is a Cincinnati Bengals fan but I’m willing to look past that. I mean, the man did do this…

Charm City Devils are just…just awesome….

I saw Rebelution at Artscape once. Pretty good…

9. George Lopez (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); “Contraband” opens in theaters (Friday); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Thursday-Monday)

George Lopez is only sorta funny sometimes and while Contraband might be okay I can’t tell you I’m really looking forward to it.

So let’s talk about Restaurant Week. As you know, Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium is one of my personal favorite spots in Baltimore County. What you might not know is that the breakout star of “Monday Night Live” for the 2011 season was the Santa Fe Fries…

I would have taken a picture of a full plate, but there was never a full plate. Never.

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Morgan Finishes Road Swing Monday at Savannah State

Posted on 09 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 13
Monday, January 9, 2012 – 8 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (3-9, 1-0 MEAC) vs. Savannah State (6-9, 2-1 MEAC)
Savannah, Ga. – Tiger Arena
Radio: n/a
LIVE AUDIO at www.ssuathletics.com

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-74/6th
Career Record: 140-136  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

GAME TIME
• Morgan State will wrap-up its holiday road swing when they face the Savannah State Tigers in conference action. The contest will tip-off at Tiger Arena on Monday, Jan. 9th at 8 p.m. (ET). This represents the first meeting between the Bears and Savannah State.

BEAR BITS
Ameer Ali scored 19 points to lead Morgan State almost wire-to-wire over South Carolina State 73-68 in its conference opener on Saturday at the S-H-M Memorial Center. The Bears (3-9, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had four players in double figures as Kevin Thompson had 17 points, DeWayne Jackson 14 and Ian Chiles 10. Ali, who came into tonight’s contest fresh off a career high 21 points against San Francisco, was 7 of 9 from the free-throw line.

• The Bears lost to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly and Ohio — all on the road by nine points or fewer.

The Bears are in the midst of concluding a four game road swing, with its furthest road game against the USF Dons and its final road game at Savannah State on Monday night.

Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in nine of 12 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.

Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 43 straight games.

Kevin Thompson”s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.  He currently has 1,342 points and 1,069 rebounds in his career.

The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.

The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.

Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.

Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.

A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 2-0 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th win as MSU’s head coach.

•   Give the Bears its third road victory of the season.

•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 141 career wins.

•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 64-20 (.761) since joining the Bears in 2006.

CHASING 1,000
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Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 950 points, and needs 50 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.

NOTE ON THE TIGERS
• Morgan State and Savannah State will meet for the first time.

• The Tigers are struggling from the free throw line where they are shooting just 56.8 percent (168-296) … Deric Rudolph leads the Tigers from the stripe by shooting 73.9 percent and ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in 3-pointers made (2.3 avg/g).

•  Savannah State has one of the top defenses in the conference … The Tigers are currently limiting teams to 64.2 points per game and ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in scoring defense.

TIGERS LAST GAME OUT
Arnold Louis and Deric Rudolph combined to score 42 points to lead Savannah State to a come from behind 72-60 win over visiting Coppin State in Tiger Arena. Louis came off the bench to score 24 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and get four steals while Rudolph scored 18 points and hit five 3-pointers. Trailing 45-36 with 17:16 on the clock, SSU strung together a 27-8 run to go ahead 63-53 with 4:34 remaining. SSU built a 11 point lead late in the contest before pulling out the 12-point victory.

BLACK OUT            
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.

LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will host Norfolk State in conference play on Saturday, January 14.

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Towson’s Ambrose Wins Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

Posted on 05 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) – Before the season started, Towson was picked to finish last in CAA Football.

However, the Tigers turned the standings upside down this season, putting together a 9-3 record, winning an outright CAA title and hosting a game in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Having guided his team to new heights, Towson coach Rob Ambrose was honored as the 2011 Eddie Robinson Award recipient, given annually to the FCS Coach of the Year. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.

Ambrose is the 25th recipient of the award, which is named for legendary Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson, the second- winningest coach in Division I history with 408 victories.

Now in his third season as a head coach, it was rocky at first for Ambrose, a Towson alumnus, as his teams struggled to 2-9 and 1-10 finishes in his first two seasons.

“You have to get to a point where you can actually discuss winning, and it took two years before that could even be a conversation,” Ambrose said. “The first time I walked out on the field against a CAA team and looked at my guys versus another CAA team, we looked like a JV team, and I’m thinking ‘My gosh, this is terrible.’”

This season, winning was finally part of the discussion, as the Tigers went 5-2 against teams ranked in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 and reeled off three different three-game winning streaks. Towson hadn’t had a three-game winning streak since 2006.

Ambrose appeared on 110 of the 132 ballots and received 59 first-place votes, edging out Sam Houston State’s Willie Fritz.

Ambrose is the fourth coach from the CAA (formerly the Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference) to win the Eddie Robinson Award, and the first since James Madison coach Mickey Matthews was honored in 2008.

Eddie Robinson Award Voting……..1st….2nd….3rd….4th….5th….Total

1. Rob Ambrose, Towson………….59…..25……9…..14……3…..453

2. Willie Fritz, Sam Houston St….40…..29…..25…..13……7…..424

3. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion…….7…..15…..24…..13…..17…..210

4. Craig Bohl, North Dakota State…2…..13……9…..11…..16…..127

5. Pete Adrian, Norfolk State…….7……5……6……9…..14…..105

6. Andy Coen, Lehigh…………….3……7…..10…..10……3……96

7. Kevin Kelly, Georgetown……….2……8……7…..12……8……95

8. Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern….2……5……9…..11……7……86

9. Watson Brown, Tennessee Tech…..4……5……4……8……9……77

10. Tim Murphy, Harvard…………..1……6……5……0……9……53

11. Chuck Priore, Stony Brook……..0……2……4……7……7……41

12. Anthony Jones, Alabama A&M…….2……2……2……4……4……36

13. Bob Ford, Albany……………..1……2……4……4……2……35

14. Nigel Burton, Portland State…..0……1……4……4……2……26

15. Robin Pflugrad, Montana……….1……1……2……3……4……25

16. Chris Mussman, North Dakota……0……1……2……1…..10……22

17. Gary Harrell, Howard………….0……3……0……3……2……20

18. Clint Conque, Central Arkansas…0……1……1……3……4……17

19. Ron Garagher, San Diego……….1……1……2……0……1……16

20. Chris Creighton, Drake………..0……0……3……1……3……14

21. *Jack Cosgrove, Maine…………0……0……0……1……0…….2

* – Write-in vote.

Voting points on 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

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Loyola Marymount Visits Morgan Wednesday Night

Posted on 20 December 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 9
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – 7 p.m. (ET)
Morgan State (1-7, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Loyola Marymount (6-5, 0-0 WCC)
Baltimore, Maryland – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 103-72/6th
Career Record: 138-134  
OFFICIAL LMU WEBSITE
GAME TIME
• Morgan State (1-7, 0-0 MEAC) plays host to Loyola Marymount (6-5, 0-0 WCC) in a return game from the 2010-11 season in a game won by the Bears, 81-79, on December 28, 2010 at the Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. (ET). This represents the second regular season meeting between the Bears and LMU.
BEAR BITS
• MSU’s basketball team snapped a season-opening seven game losing streak with a late first half run that led to a 73-60 victory at University of Maryland Baltimore County last Wednesday night. Senior forward Kevin Thompson led the Bears by posting his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with a game-high four blocked shots.
• The Bears lost to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly and Ohio — all on the road by nine points or fewer.           
• The Bears will play three of its next four games on the road, with its furthest road game coming on January 3rd against the Univ. of San Francisco Dons.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in six of eight games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 39 straight games.
• Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.
 
• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
• Morgan State has lost four straight dating back to their loss against Hampton in the MEAC Championship game on March 12,2011.
• Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
• Give the Bears a 2-0 series record against Loyola Marymount.
• Give the Bears its 45th home win under Coach Todd Bozeman.
• Give the Bears its first home victory since February 23, 2011 in Orangeburg versus Delaware State (42-39).
• Improve Todd Bozeman’s record against the Lions to 2-0.
• Improve the Bears’ all-time record against the West Coast Conference to 2-1…the Bears fell to Saint Mary’s 76-60 on December 28, 2008 during the Shamrock Classic Championship game in Moraga, California.
• Would mark the Bears first back-to-back wins since defeating North Carolina A&T (Dec. 10, 2011) and Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 11, 2011) to advance to the MEAC Tournament Championship game.
CHASING 1,000
• 
 Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 905 points, and needs 95 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE LIONS
• LMU concluded its longest homestand since 1995 (six games) when they defeated Idaho State for the second time on the season in overtime, this time 80-72 on Dec. 10. LMU improves to 6-4 on the season.
• In the win over NAU, LMU had six players reach double-figures in scoring for the first time since defeating Seattle University, 104-89, on December 20, 2009.
 
• The Lions continue to rely heavily on its youth with just three seniors on the roster. Non-seniors are averaging 33 of the 40 minutes per game, with senior LaRon Armstead giving them big leadership the last five games.
• Edgar Garibay did not play against Northern Arizona due to a concussion suffered in practice and missed the game agasinst Saint Louis. He is back into the line-up.

LIONS LAST GAME OUT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State out-rebounded LMU 49-32, to claim a 77-61 win at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday afternoon. The Lions fall to 6-5 on the season, dropping their first road game of the season. Anthony Ireland led all scorers with 19 points, scoring 15 in the second half. C.J. Blackwell had 14 points and seven rebounds and LaRon Armstead added 11.
HOME SWEET HOME
• Todd Bozeman has coached the Bears to a terrific home record since joining Morgan State.
• Bozeman has led the Bears to a 44-8 (.846) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a home season finale win against Delaware State on Feb. 23.
• The Loyola Greyhounds’ 73-69 victory at Hill Field House on November 29, 2010 handed the Bears its first home loss since a 71-68 loss to South Carolina State on February 15, 2010.
• The 76-74 loss to Norfolk State on January 29, 2011 was the first conference loss at home since the South Carolina State game on February 15, 2010.
• The average margin of loss at home in the past four seasons is 4.1 pts, including a 83-63 loss vs. Seton Hall on Nov. 26, 2006 at Hill Field House.
LOOKING AHEAD
The matchup with the Lions will be followed by a four-game stretch of road games, starting with Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 28 and wrapping up at Savannah State on January 7.

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Morgan Continues Pursuit Of First Win Saturday at Ohio

Posted on 03 December 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 7
Saturday, December 3, 2011 – 2 p.m. (ET)
Morgan State (0-6, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Ohio (4-1, 0-0 Mid-American)
Athens, Ohio – Convocation Center
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 102-70/6th
Career Record: 137-132  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
Ticket Info: 443-885-3830
OFFICIAL OHIO WEBSITE
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will face Mid-American Conference member Ohio in Athens at the Convocation Center on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. (ET). This represents the first regular season meeting between the Bears and Ohio and also the first time MSU has played a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
BEAR BITS
• MSU is off to an 0-6 start with a road loss at #14/15 Xavier (63-74), a home loss against Murray State (69-80) and losses at UNLV (55-92), USC (62-65) and versus Tennessee State (64-690. The Bears will attempt to avoid its worst start since 2005 when they travel to face the Ohio Bobcats.
• MSU, who led for most of the second half, had a 45-37 advantage with 11:59 left before Tennessee State took over and came away with a 69-64 victory at the Las Vegas Invitational. Kevin Thompson led the Bears (0-6) with 16 points and five rebounds. DeWayne Jackson had 14 and Ian Chiles had 9 points.
• The Bears will play five of its next six games on the road, with its furthest road game coming on January 3rd against the Univ. of San Francisco Dons.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in five of six games this season.
• The Bears held a 27-21 advantage on the boards against USC and led 36-28 at halftime.
• Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.
 
• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
• Morgan State has lost four straight dating back to their loss against Hampton in the MEAC Championship game on March 12,2011.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 37 straight games.
CHASING 1,000
• 
 Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 881 points, and needs 119 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE BOBCATS
• Sophomore Nick Kellogg was named to the All-MAC Freshman Team after leading the league in three-point field goal percentage last season at 45.3 percent. Kellogg shot 49 percent from beyond the arc in conference play. He also finished 10th in the league in three-pointers made. The freshman and son of Clark Kellogg, scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, hitting a career-high six 3-pointers, in a win at MAC Tournament champion Akron.
• Head Coach John Groce is taking part in the Second Annual ‘Shots from the Heart’ tournament, presented by CollegeInsider.com. The event will benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. The former Wake Forest head coach passed away on July 26, 2007 of a heart attack.
 
• Ohio had its best shooting game of the year during their 70-68 win against Marshall on Wednesday night. The Bobcats shot 50 percent (29 of 58), while Marshall was 21 of 52 (40.4 percent).
• Junior guard D.J. Cooper (5-11, 165) leads the team in scoring by averaging 14.6 points per game.
           
PREPARED FOR THE CHALLENGE
• The Bears have put together a challenging non-conference schedule, and currently have one of the toughest schedule in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

• They are one of four MEAC schools to have a strength of schedule in the top-100.

• MSU’s strength of schedule ranks No. 53, North Carolina Central ranks No. 51, Coppin State ranks 32 and Norfolk State ranks 14.

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