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Morgan plays NC A&T for MEAC title, Tournament berth Saturday

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 32
Game Dates: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Opponent: #7 N.C. A&T
Site: The Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 5 p.m.
Television: ESPNU
Record:  MSU 17-14; NCAT 18-16
Series Record: NCAT leads 48-34
Last MSU Win: 55-52 (A) Jan. 26, 2013
Last NCAT Win: 61-62 (H) Jan. 21, 2012
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (126-99 – 7th yr)

No. 5 seed Morgan State (17-14) posted an 82-71 win against No. 8 seed Bethune-Cookman and will face No. 7 seed N.C. A&T on Saturday, March 16 at 5 p.m. in Norfolk Scope Arena in the Finals. The Bears have had unprecedented success in the MEAC Tournament under head coach Todd Bozeman. The Bears have won two titles and appeared in four and have improved its MEAC Tournament record to 14-4 under Bozeman.

The Bears will enter the Saturday night’s contest against the Aggies having won its last eight games, including 11 of its last 12. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

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MEAC TOURNAMENT FACTS
• Morgan State has won three MEAC Tournaments (1977, 2009 & 2010) and made four straight championship appearances from 2008 to 2011 under Coach Bozeman.

• Todd Bozeman has led Morgan State to 14 of the school’s 30 MEAC Tournament wins.

• Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman was the 2009 and 2010 Outstanding Coach of the MEAC Tournament.

• Morgan State has had four MVP’s of the MEAC Tournament: Marvin ‘The Human Eraser” Webster (1975); Eric “The Pencil” Evans (1977); Reggie Holmes (2009); and Kevin Thompson (2010).

• Morgan State legendary center Marvin Webster averaged 21.3 rebounds per game during the 1975 MEAC Tournament.

BEAR BITS:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 105.

• 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 ranks No. 8 in school history with 555 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 17-14 while averaging 68 points and 45 percent shooting.

• Morgan State shot 67.5 percent from the line last season, and so far through the 31 games the Bears are shooting 59 percent (409-688 FT).

• The Bears, who held Delaware State to 3 of 15 from 3-point range on March 4th in Baltimore, have allowed an average of 65 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.

• Justin Black has scored 446 points in 31 games and ranked No. 4 among the MEAC’s scoring leaders … he’s currently averaging 14.4 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 leads the team in scoring.

• DeWayne Jackson ranks among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 169 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 2 (finished No. 4 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 18 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranked No. 5 in the MEAC and currently has 60 blocks (2.2 bpg).

• 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 nine 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, had a career night against Florida A&M by recording18 points (9-13) with six rebounds and two blocks against Florida A&M … he’s currently averaging 9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. N.C. A&T
January 26, 2013 –  – Senior swingman DeWayne Jackson and redshirt-junior center Ian Chiles led Morgan State to a hard fought 55-52 victory over North Carolina A&T at Corbett Sports Center. Jackson finished with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while Ian Chiles posted 14 points and 10 boards. Chiles was 7 for 8 from the field as the Bears post play continued to keep the Bears close, despite a poor perimeter shooting night. Anthony Hubbard, who chipped in 10 points, also scored on a fastbreak layup with 34 seconds left to give Morgan State a 53-52 advantage. The Bears held A&T scoreless in the final moments to improve its record to 6-10 overall and 3-2 in the MEAC.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES
The Aggies welcomed back nine veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 12-20 overall record, finished 7th in the MEAC with a 7-9 ledger. Lamont Middleton leads the Aggies averaging 12.2 points and is shooting 37 percent from the field. Adrian Powell is also posting double-figures for A&T by averaging 12.2 points and shooting 34 percent from 3-point range. Austin Witter, the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, is the team’s leading rebounder by averaging 7.2 rpg to go along with 6.2 ppg. Head coach Cy Alexander (Catawba ’75) enters his first season as the Aggies head coach and he currently holds a 362-324 record in his 24th year of coaching.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON’S FINAL POSTSEASON
MSU senior DeWayne Jackson enters his final MEAC Tournament in the Orange & Blue. The 6-foot-8 swingman has been a major contributor at Morgan State where he has won a MEAC Championship, played in the NCAA Tournament and has received a number of postseason honors, including MEAC Rookie of the Year. Jackson is the only player in school history to have the combination of over 1,500 points (1,576 – No. 5), 500 rebounds (555 – No. 8), 150 steals (169 – No. 2) and 150 assists (185).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT?
Ian Chiles is another Bear that finished the regular season with a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 9 in the conference with his .534 field-goal percentage and No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.6 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST?
Justin Black ranked No. 10 in assists at 3.0 per game and No. 7 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears have rebounded 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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
During the Bears opening round victory against S.C. State, DeWayne Jackson (1,576 pts, 555 rebs., 185 asts) surpassed Ernest Garrett (1,540 points – 1952-55) to become the school’s No. 5 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.

HOME GROWN
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.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .562 (127-99) after 225 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.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
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).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 31 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 14.4 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.5 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds on the boards.

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranked No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.1 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 23 of 30 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

PAINT PLAY
One area where the Bears have been consistent is under the basket. Morgan State ranked No. 4 in the league in total rebounding at 35.9 per game, No. 2 in offensive rebounds at 37.1, No. 2 in field goal percentage at 44.6 and No. 2 in blocked shots (5.2).

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 13.5 points (ranked No. 7), 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals (ranked No. 4) per game. Jackson has also registered 26 blocks. He has recorded 26 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

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Bethune-Cookman next for Morgan in MEAC Tournament

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 31
Game Dates: Friday, March 15, 2013
Opponent: No. 5 Morgan State Bears
Site: The Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 6 p.m.
Television: N/A
Live Steam: www.meachoops.com/tournament/live/
Record:  MSU 16-14; BCU 14-19
Series Record: MSU leads 31-22
Last MSU Win: 61-48 (N) March 11, 2011
Last BCU Win: 52-50 (A) Feb. 28, 2007
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (125-99 – 7th yr)

No. 5 seed Morgan State (16-14) posted a 64-61 overtime win against No. 4 seed Savannah State and will face No. 8 seed Bethune-Cookman on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. in Norfolk Scope Arena in the Semifinals. The winner of the Morgan State-Bethune Cookman showdown will face either N.C. A&T or Delaware State at 5 p.m. Saturday in the championship.

The Bears have had unprecedented success in the MEAC Tournament under head coach Todd Bozeman. The Bears have won two titles and appeared in four and have improved its MEAC Tournament record to 13-4 under Bozeman.

The Bears will enter the Friday night’s contest against the Wildcats having won its last seven games, including 10 of its last 11.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home games and most MSU road games by its opponents.

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
MSU men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, or any of the other MSU athletics programs on Twitter through the handle @MorganStBears.

MEAC TOURNAMENT FACTS
• Morgan State has won three MEAC Tournaments (1977, 2009 & 2010) and made four straight championship appearances from 2008 to 2011 under Coach Bozeman.

• Todd Bozeman has led Morgan State to 13 of the school’s 29 MEAC Tournament wins

• Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman was the 2009 and 2010 Outstanding Coach of the MEAC Tournament.

• Morgan State has had four MVP’s of the MEAC Tournament: Marvin ‘The Human Eraser” Webster (1975); Eric “The Pencil” Evans (1977); Reggie Holmes (2009); and Kevin Thompson (2010).

• Morgan State legendary center Marvin Webster averaged 21.3 rebounds per game during the 1975 MEAC Tournament.

• Morgan State has advanced to the MEAC semifinals six of the last seven years with Todd Bozeman at the helm.

BEAR BITS:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 105.

•The Bears have not faced Bethune-Cookman since defeating them in the 2011 MEAC Tournament Semifinals.

• Coach Bozeman has directed the Bears to 7 straight victories against Bethune-Cookman since the 2007-08 season … Bozeman’s only loss to the Wildcats was during his first season when the Bears fell 52-50 on Feb. 28, 2007 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

• 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 ranks No. 8 in school history with 550 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 16-14 while averaging 68 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State shot 67.5 percent from the line last season, and so far through the 30 games the Bears are shooting 58 percent (390-663 FT).

• The Bears, who held Delaware State to 3 of 15 from 3-point range on March 4th in Baltimore, have allowed an average of 65 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.

• Justin Black has scored 430 points in 30 games and ranked No. 4 among the MEAC’s scoring leaders … he’s currently averaging 14.3 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 leads the team in scoring.

• DeWayne Jackson ranks among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 169 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 2 (finished No. 4 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 18 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranked No. 5 in the MEAC and currently has 57 blocks (2.2 bpg).

• 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 nine 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, had a career night against Florida A&M by recording18 points (9-13) with six rebounds and two blocks against Florida A&M … he’s currently averaging 9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. BETHUNE-COOKMAN
March 11, 2011 – Kevin Thompson came off the bench to put on a dominating performance, scoring a game-high 22 points to help Morgan State defeat Bethune-Cookman, 61-48 in the semifinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s tournament at the Joel Coliseum.  The Wildcats (21-12), the Number 1 seed and regular season champion, were led CJ Reed, the MEAC Player of the Year, with seven points. The Bears (17-13) were the Number 4 seed and advanced to the championship where they fell to No. 2 seed Hampton 60-55.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats welcomed back nine veterans, including a pair of starters, from a squad that posted an 18-17 overall record, finished in 4th place in the MEAC regular season with an 11-5 ledger. All-MEAC forward Adrien Coleman leads the Wildcats averaging 18.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and is shooting 54 percent from the field. Kevin Dukes (10.8 ppg) is also averaging double-figures. Head coach Gravelle Craig (Cleveland State ’94) is in his second season as the Wildcats head coach and he currently holds a 32-36 (.307) record.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON’S FINAL POSTSEASON
MSU senior DeWayne Jackson enters his final MEAC Tournament in the Orange & Blue. The 6-foot-8 swingman has been a major contributor at Morgan State where he has won a MEAC Championship, played in the NCAA Tournament and has received a number of postseason honors, including MEAC Rookie of the Year. Jackson is the only player in school history to have the combination of over 1,500 points (1,560 – No. 5), 500 rebounds (550 – No. 8), 150 steals (169 – No. 2) and 150 assists (181).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
Ian Chiles is another Bear that finished the regular season with a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 9 in the conference with his .534 field-goal percentage and is No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.6 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranked No. 10 in assists at 3.0 per game and No. 7 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears have rebounded 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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
During the Bears opening round victory against S.C. State, DeWayne Jackson (1,560 pts, 550 rebs., 181 asts) surpassed Ernest Garrett (1,540 points – 1952-55) to become the school’s No. 5 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.

HOME GROWN
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.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .560 (126-99) after 224 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.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
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).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 30 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 14.3 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.5 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds on the boards.

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranked No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.1 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 23 of 29 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

PAINT PLAY
One area where the Bears have been consistent is under the basket. Morgan State ranked No. 4 in the league in total rebounding at 35.9 per game, No. 2 in offensive rebounds at 37.1, No. 2 in field goal percentage at 44.6 and No. 2 in blocked shots (5.2).

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 13.5 points (ranked No. 7), 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals (ranked No. 4) per game. Jackson has also registered 26 blocks. He has recorded 25 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

TOPPING 20 
With his 20-point effort on Thursday night, Justin Black has posted 20 or more points in eight games this season. In fact, he’s scored at least 20 points in three of the last 4 contests to help the Bears extend to a seven-game winning streak.

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Morgan continues MEAC Tournament Thursday against Savannah State

Posted on 13 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 30
Game Dates: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Opponent: No. 4 Savannah State Tigers
Site: The Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 8 p.m.
Record:  MSU 15-14; SSU 19-13
Series Record: SSU leads 2-0
Last MSU Win: N/A
Last SSU Win: 78-70 2OT (A) Jan. 14, 2012
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (125-99 – 7th yr)

No. 5 seed Morgan State (15-14) dropped No. 12 seed South Carolina State 61-52 and will face No. 4 seed Savannah State on Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. in Norfolk Scope Arena in the Quarterfinals. The Bears have had unprecedented success in the MEAC Tournament under head coach Todd Bozeman. The Bears have won two titles and appeared in four and have improved its MEAC Tournament record to 12-4 under Bozeman.

The Bears will enter the Thursday night’s contest against the Tigers having won its last six games, including nine of its last 10.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home games and most MSU road games by its opponents.

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
MSU men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, or any of the other MSU athletics programs on Twitter through the handle @MorganStBears.

MEAC TOURNAMENT FACTS
• Morgan State has won three MEAC Tournaments (1977, 2009 & 2010) and made four straight championship appearances from 2008 to 2011 under Coach Bozeman.

• Todd Bozeman has led Morgan State to 12 of the school’s 28 MEAC Tournament wins

• Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman was the 2009 and 2010 Outstanding Coach of the MEAC Tournament.

• Morgan State has had four MVP’s of the MEAC Tournament: Marvin ‘The Human Eraser” Webster (1975); Eric “The Pencil” Evans (1977); Reggie Holmes (2009); and Kevin Thompson (2010).

• Morgan State legendary center Marvin Webster averaged 21.3 rebounds per game during the 1975 MEAC Tournament.

BEAR BITS:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 105.

• 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 ranks No. 9 in school history with 543 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 15-14 while averaging 68 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State shot 67.5 percent from the line last season, and so far through the 29 games the Bears are shooting 58 percent (381-648 FT).

• The Bears, who held Delaware State to 3 of 15 from 3-point range on March 4th in Baltimore, have allowed an average of 66 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.

• Justin Black has scored 410 points in 29 games and ranked No. 4 among the MEAC’s scoring leaders … he’s currently averaging 14.3 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 leads the team in scoring.

• DeWayne Jackson ranks among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 169 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 2 (finished No. 4 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 18 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranked No. 5 in the MEAC and currently has 55 blocks (2.2 bpg).

• 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 nine 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, had a career night against Florida A&M by recording18 points (9-13) with six rebounds and two blocks against Florida A&M … he’s currently averaging 9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. SAVANNAH STATE
January 15, 2013 — Morgan State lost a fierce battle, 78-70, in double overtime.  After an early deficit for MSU, the game was close until the very end, with 11 ties and 15 lead changes. SSU needed a pair of three-pointers by standout guard Preston Blackmon in the last 26 seconds to help send the ballgame into the second OT. Blackmon scored 15 of his game-high 41 points after regulation, setting a SSU school record for points in a Division I game.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Tigers welcome back 14 veterans, including five starters, from a squad that posted a 21-12 overall record, finished as the MEAC regular season champions with a 14-2 ledger. SSU had a total new look with nine players on this year’s roster consisting of five junior college transfers, four freshmen, and four walk-ons. All-MEAC forward Rashad Hassan leads the Tigers averaging 12.8 points and is shooting 54 percent from the field. All-MEAC guard Preston Blackmon (12.0 ppg) is also averaging double-figures. Head coach Horace Broadnax (Georgetown ’86) enters his 9th season as the Tigers head coach and he currently holds a 104-126 (.452) record.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON, BLACK SELECTED ALL-MEAC  
Senior guard DeWayne Jackson and junior Justin Black of Morgan State University’s men’s basketball team were named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Conference Team. It was the second consecutive season Jackson was selected to the first-team, and it was Black’s first time on the team as a third team selection.

JACKSON’S FINAL POSTSEASON
MSU senior DeWayne Jackson enters his final MEAC Tournament in the Orange & Blue. The 6-foot-8 swingman has been a major contributor at Morgan State where he has won a MEAC Championship, played in the NCAA Tournament and has received a number of postseason honors, including MEAC Rookie of the Year. Jackson is the only player in school history to have the combination of over 1,500 points (1,549 – No. 7), 500 rebounds (543 – No. 9), 150 steals (169 – No. 2) and 150 assists (178).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
Ian Chiles is another Bear that finished the regular season with a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 9 in the conference with his .534 field-goal percentage and is No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.6 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranked No. 10 in assists at 3.0 per game and No. 7 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears have rebounded 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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
During the Bears opening round victory against S.C. State, DeWayne Jackson (1,549 pts, 543 rebs., 178 asts) surpassed Ernest Garrett (1,540 points – 1952-55) to become the school’s No. 5 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.

HOME GROWN
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.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .558 (125-99) after 223 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.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
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).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 29 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 13.6 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds on the boards.

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranked No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.1 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 23 of 29 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

PAINT PLAY
One area where the Bears have been consistent is under the basket. Morgan State ranked No. 4 in the league in total rebounding at 35.9 per game, No. 2 in offensive rebounds at 37.1, No. 2 in field goal percentage at 44.6 and No. 2 in blocked shots (5.2).

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Morgan rallies to top SC State in MEAC Tourney opener

Posted on 12 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. – Anthony Hubbard came off the bench to score 16 points and Morgan State pulled away in the second half to defeat South Carolina State 61-52 Monday night 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), who will play Savannah State in a Thursday night quarterfinal.

South Carolina State (6-24) went cold after scoring the game’s first 10 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 South Carolina State with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 12 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Tampa Bay Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 1:30pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Saturday 2:30pm Sunday 3pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 4pm from Phoenix, AZ live on Golf Channel); Auto Racing: NASCAR Food City 500 (Sunday 12pm from Bristol, TN live on FOX); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Tuesday & Wednesday 1:30pm Thursday 1:30pm & 10pm live on Tennis Channel Friday 6:30pm & 9:30pm live on Tennis Channel 4:30pm & 11:30pm live on ESPN2 Saturday 3pm & 5pm live on ESPNNews 8:30pm live on Tennis Channel Sunday 3pm & 5pm live on ESPN2); College Football: Towson Pro Day (Tuesday Unitas Stadium), Maryland Pro Day (Wednesday Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium); Boxing: Timothy Bradly vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (Saturday 10:15pm from Carson, CA live on HBO); Women’s College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Selection Monday (Monday 7pm live on ESPN)

10. Rihanna (Tuesday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); P!nk (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Trapt (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Drive By Truckers (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); Better Than Ezra (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dr. John (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Average White Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marshall Tucker Band (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Finch (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Dropkick Murphys/Carbon Leaf (Friday 7am 9:30 Club), Citizen Cope (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); George Thorogood & The Destroyers (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Slick Rick/Rakim (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Shamrockfest feat. Sublime with Rome/Virginia Coalition/Carbon Leaf (Saturday 12:45pm RFK Stadium); Sound City: Real to Reel soundtrack available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You already know damn well I’ll be wandering over to see Better Than Ezra after the Blast game Saturday night.

Despite not particularly enjoying much of anything else in the genre, I really flipping loved “What It Is To Burn” by Finch. I’d go see this show.

Spending a day in the parking lot at RFK Stadium? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Unless Virginia Coalition is involved. (Sorry for the video quality.)

I legitimately CANNOT get enough Sound City in my life. Dave Grohl is a rock God, but you already knew that.

9. Lewis Black (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday  Baltimore Comedy Factory); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Life of Pi” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 25th Anniversary Edition” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Spring Breakers” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” out in theaters (Friday); Glenn Clark’s St. Patrick’s Day plans (Sunday parts unknown)

Yes. We ALL feel the same way about Jessica Rabbit. We just agree not to talk about it so that people don’t talk about us behind our backs.

We CAN however discuss the cast of Spring Breakers if you’d like.

And before we leave this part of the show, BANGERS AND EFFING MASH! ERIN GO BRAGH!

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Morgan faces tough test at Norfolk State Monday

Posted on 20 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
Opponent: Norfolk State Spartans
Site: Echols Hall, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 8 p.m.
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (116-94 – 7th yr)

Morgan State (5-9, 2-1) will conclude its trip to the Tidewater area with a Monday night matchup against the MEAC reigning champion Spartans of Norfolk State at Echols Hall in Norfolk, Virginia. MSU will enter the contest attempting to build upon a tough 80-78 win at against Hampton.DeWayne Jackson led the Bears with 24 points, six rebounds and four steals off the bench. Norfolk State (10-10, 5-0) picked up their fourth straight win on Saturday, beating Coppin State 75-68 at Echols Hall. Malcom Hawkins paced the Spartans with 19 points and Brandon Goode had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The meeting with Norfolk State will be the 42nd all-time between the schools, with the Spartans leading the head-to-head series, 28-13.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 98.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 5-9 while averaging 68 points and 43 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 14 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58.8 percent (200-340 FT).

• The Bears, who held South Carolina State to 2 of 9 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 73 points and opponents are shooting 34 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 53.3 percent against South Carolina State and a season best 65.0 percent from the stripe, with 11 steals versus the South Carolina Gamecocks.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 211 points in 14 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (15.1 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 has been the Bears leading scorer in 4 of the last six games.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 151 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 5 (T-No. 15 in the nation). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 41 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks No. 4 (33) in the MEAC by averaging 2.3 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.

• Morgan State has used the lineup of Heath, Hubbard, Chiles, Jackson and Bozeman for six of the Bears first 13 contests.

LAST TIME OUT VS. NORFOLK STATE
January 28, 2012 – Kyle O’Quinn scored 18 points and posted 12 rebounds to lead the Spartans to an impressive 76-59 victory against Morgan State at Echols Hall. MSU shot 23 percent from the field and had seven turnovers in the first half.  Meanwhile, the Spartans finished the half by shooting 48 percent, including 2 of 4 for 3-point territory.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans welcome back 11 veterans, including one starter, from a squad that posted a 26-10 overall record, finished 2nd in the MEAC with a 13-3 ledger and were the MEAC Tournament Champs. The Spartans made a historic run in the Big Dance before falling to the Florida Gators in Third Round of the Tournament. Pendarvis Williams leads the Spartans averaging 12.8 points and is shooting 36 percent from 3-point territory. Malcom Hawkins is the only other Spartan scoring in double-figures (12.1 ppg) and Rashid Gaston is the team’s leading rebounder by averaging 6.3 rpg to go along with 7.6 ppg. Head coach Anthony Evans (St. Thomas Aquinas ’94) enters his sixth season as the Spartan’s head coach and he currently holds a 88-92 (.488) record.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

UNFAMILIAR FOES
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).

JACKSON SET TO LEAD
DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. There are seven (7) juniors, four (4) sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,367, 454 rebs., 150 asts) needs 24 points to surpass Lee Cornish (1,390 points – 1963-66) to become the school’s No. 11 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.

HOME GROWN
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 and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .552 (116-94) after 210 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.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
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).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 14 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 15.1 points per game, whileJustin Black is averaging 13.3 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds on the boards

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 15.1 points (ranked No. 4), 5.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists (ranked No. 9) and 2.5 steals (ranked No. 1) per game. Jackson has also registered 10 blocks. He has recorded 13 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

CONTROLLING THE GLASS
The Bears have only out-rebounded 4 of their first 14 opponents so far this season. In fact, the Bears have gone 4-0 in the games in which they’ve won the battle on the boards.  MSU’s best rebounding performance was during its season-opening win against UTSA where they held a 52-26 advantage on the glass.

UP NEXT
The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they travel to face North Carolina A&T at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Greensboro, N.C.

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Morgan hopes to bounce back Saturday at Norfolk State

Posted on 09 November 2012 by WNST Staff

GAME TIME
Morgan State (3-6, 2-4 MEAC) continues the 2012 season play in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup at Norfolk State on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET at Dick Price Stadium.  The Spartans enter the 2012 season under the leadership of eight-year head coach Pete Adrian. The Spartans (3-7, 1-6) are coming off its first conference win following a 33-21 homecoming win against Savannah State. The Bears fell 24-13 at Hughes Stadium against top-ranked Bethune-Cookman.

THE BEARS-SPARATNS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Spartans will meet for the 25th time since 1965. Norfolk State leads the series 14-10 and has won the last five meetings against MSU.

•  Nov. 12, 2011 – Morgan State took the field at Hughes Stadium Saturday still with an outside shot at a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title. But after gamely battling No. 22 Norfolk State throughout the first half, the Bears saw their chances disappear with one utterly forgettable stretch to open the second half.

Morgan allowed 17 straight points in a span of 4 minutes, 26 seconds, turning a close game into a 47-14 rout before an announced 5,329.

• The last time the Bears played at William ‘Dick’ Price Stadium was on Nov. 6, 2010 … Morgan State matched Norfolk State punch for punch, before falling 37-25. Spartan quarterback Chris Walley passed for season highs of 305 yards and four touchdowns and set a single-game school record by completing 20-of-22 passes in the process.

QUICK HITS
•  Travis Davidson currently ranks 2nd in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rushing with 851 yards (94.6 avg/g). He also ranks No. 1 the MEAC in scoring (78 Pts).

•  QB Robert Council completed 14-of-31 passes for 121 yards and ran for 16 yards against Bethune-Cookman.

•  Cornerback Joe Rankin registered his 9th interception of his career, picking off Savannah State quarterback Antonio Bostic in the 1st quarter…He currently ranks T-No. in the MEAC in INTs with four in nine games…he also ranks T-No. 4 in passes defended (10), while his freshman teammate DaShaun Summers leads the league with 1.33 average passes defended.

• Twenty-one (21) Morgan State seniors were honored before the start of last Saturday’s game against B-CU.

•  The Bears continue to be among the top scoring offenses in the league, entering Saturday’s contest as the MEAC’s No. 5 ranked scoring offense (23.6 avg/g).

•  True freshman LB Elandon Roberts currently ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in tackles by posting 83 tackles so far this season … he recorded a season-high 16 tackles against Delaware State on Oct. 25.

•  Sophomore defensive end Christopher Robinson currently leads the MEAC with seven sacks in just seven games played. He posted seven nine tackles, a forced fumble and a sack against Bethune-Cookman last Saturday.

SPARTANS THUMBNAIL
• The Wildcats enter Week 10 coming off a 33-21 Homecoming victory against Savannah State. The win snapped the Spartans’ 6-game losing streak and marked its first conference win of the season.

• In 2011, Norfolk State finished with a 9-3 overall record and 7-1 in the MEAC and captured the league championship.

• Norfolk State junior quarterback Nico Flores was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Flores got his first start at quarterback in over a month and helped lead the Spartans to a 33-21 win over Savannah State on Saturday. Flores completed 17-of-28 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed 14 times for a career-high 116 rushing yards. Flores totaled 329 yards of total offense. This is the first weekly MEAC award of Flores’ career.

• Through the first 10 games, WR Xavier Boyce (6-4, 220) and Derrick Demps (5-11, 180) have been two of the  leading receivers in the Spartans  offensive attack. Boyce, a junior from Virginia Beach (Va.), has recorded 54 receptions for 574 yards (10.6 avg), including three TDs. Demps, a Tallahassee (Fla.) product, ranks No. 6 in the MEAC with 39 catches for 645 yards (11.2 avg) with six touchdowns.

• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Spartan linebacker Lynden Trail. The junior currently ranks among the league leaders with 66 tackles (ranks 18th), to go along with 5 sacks (ranks No. 6).

• The Bears’ defensive unit will face a Spartan offensive line that ranks No. 5 in the league in rushing by averaging 139.1 per contest.

• Through 10 games, the Norfolk State defense ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in total defense by limiting opponents to 283.8 yards per contest and ranks No.1  in pass defense (136.0/g) and No. 8 in run defense (147.8/g).

JUICE UPDATE
• Travis Davidson needs to gain 61 rushing yards to surpass Craig Nelson at No. 9 on the school’s all-time rushing list.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK
•  The Bears rushing for 100 yards or more for the ninth consecutive game this season.

•  QB Robert Council needs just 63 more passing yards to reach 1,000 yards for the season.

•  The Bears having a 300-yard passing game for the first time since October 8, 2011. In Week 6, Morgan State defeated Savannah State 44-17 and Seth Higgins, Nate Furrha and Robert Council combined for 16-of-26 passes for 318 yards and five TDs.

•  Cornerback Joe Rankin registering an interception would mark his fifth of the season and the 10th of his career.  He would need to collect six more to surpass Joe Fowlkes for the school record.  Fowlkes posted 15 INTs during his career (1975-78).

•  Travis Davidson needs just 149 more rushing yards to reach 1,000 yards for the season.

NOVEMBER CHILL
The Bears are 10-19 in November games since the start of the 2002 season.

NEXT UP
After Saturday’s contest at Norfolk State, the Bears will host the Hampton Pirates at Hughes Stadium. The matchup is set for Saturday, November 17. Kickoff at 1 p.m.

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Morgan faces UTSA, ODU, Holy Cross at Liberty Tax Classic

Posted on 08 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State men’s basketball team will open the 2012-13 season with a trio of games at the Liberty Tax Classic this Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11, in Norfolk, Va. The Bears will face the University of Texas-San Antonio at 5 p.m. on Friday, host Old Dominion at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday and Holy Cross at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Morgan State at Liberty Tax Classic
Game #1 — vs. UTSA •   5 p.m. • Friday, Nov. 9
Game #2 — vs. Old Dominion Manarchs •   7:15 p.m. • Saturday, Nov. 10
Game #3 — vs. Holy Cross Crusdaers •   4:15 p.m. • Sunday, Nov. 11
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,472) •  Norfolk, Va.
Live Stats: odusports.com

Bear Bits:
• Morgan State will play the University of Texas at San Antonio, Old Dominion and Holy Cross for the first time in school history.

• Morgan State is 2-1 vs. Conference USA opponents. The Bears are 1-1 against East Carolina and defeated Marshall 72-67 during the 2008-09 season in their only match-up.

• Morgan State is 15-19 vs. Colonial Athletic Association opponents.  2-0 vs. Hofstra; 1-8 vs. James Madison; 12-10 vs. Towson; and 0-1 vs. William and Mary.

• Morgan State is 3-3 vs. Patriot League opponents. 3-1 vs. American and 0-2 vs. Navy

• The Bears had 10 games decided by 1-4 points during the 2011-12 season… The Bears held a 1-9 record.

• DeWayne Jackson scored a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14, 2012.  He added 4 rebounds, 3 assist, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

LAST TIME OUT
Morgan State entered the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament winners of four of their last five games. However, the Bears’ struggles with converting field goals was their undoing this Tuesday afternoon. Hampton found their stride with their three-point shooting and Darrion Pellum stepped up late to help them defeat the Bears 69-65 in the first round action of the MEAC Tournament. The loss ended what was a tough season for head coach Todd Bozeman and his Bears.
“It’s tough to take a loss on the first day. It’s been the most challenging season I’ve ever had in my career,” said Bozeman, whose Bears finished the season 9-20.
MSU was very much in the game despite converting only four of 32 field goals in the first half. It was because of their rebounding, particularly on the offensive end.  The Bears outrebounded Hampton by a 48-35 margin that included 21 offensive boards.
The game was nip and tuck for most of the second half. Kevin Thompson (12 pts, 17 rebs) gave MSU their final lead of the game, 55-54, on a three-point play with 2:40 remaining.
Hampton (11-20) scored the next 10 points and sealed the Bears’ fate. The run started when Jasper Williams, who scored 20 points, hit an off-balanced three-pointer. Williams hurt the Bears from long range, nailing five of seven shots three-pointers. It ended on Darrion Pellum’s four consecutive free throws. The last two with 39 seconds left put the Pirates up to stay at 64-55.
Pellum led everyone with 23 points on the afternoon. But he wasn’t the sole focus for Morgan State defensively according to Bozeman.

MORGAN STATE IN SEASON OPENERS
The Bears are 17-30 in season openers since 1963-64. Todd Bozeman is 2-4 in season openers at Morgan State. The last time the Bears won a season opener was during the 2010-11 campaign when they posted an 81-79 victory at Loyola Marymount.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON SET TO LEAD
DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. In fact, he is just one of two seniors on the Bears roster. After transfer Anthony Hubbard, who transferred to Morgan State from Iowa and sat out the 2011-12 campaign, there are six (6) juniors, four (4)  sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK 
DeWayne Jackson (1,156, 384 rebs., 107 asts) needs just 14 points to supass Billy Newton (1,169 points) to become the school’s No. 16 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.

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophmore 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 and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .566 (111-85) after 196 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.

UP NEXT
The Bears will travel to face the University of South Carolina at 7 p.m. on  Friday, Nov. 16.

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Britton primed for Tuesday call-up after strong Norfolk start

Posted on 12 July 2012 by Luke Jones

Opportunity has been ringing like an alarm clock pitcher Zach Britton has slept through for the better part of the last five weeks.

With three-fifths of the Opening Day rotation now working in Triple-A Norfolk and the Orioles needing a starter on Tuesday in Minnesota, it appears the left-hander is finally ready to answer the bell after struggling with consistency upon being activated from the disabled list.

Britton pitched seven shutout innings for Triple-A Norfolk against Lehigh Valley on Thursday, putting himself in position to be recalled for the first time this season. The southpaw allowed four hits, struck out six, and walked none over his 93 pitches of work in the 7-0 victory for the Tides. He also induced 10 groundball outs compared to three fly outs and reportedly showed excellent fastball command in the lower half of the strike zone.

The stellar outing improved Britton’s record to 4-1 and lowered his earned run average to 4.15. Over his last five starts, the 24-year-old has allowed 10 earned runs and 24 hits in 32 innings while striking out 23 and walking 12.

The organization has wanted to see Britton improve his command while continuing to build strength in his pitching shoulder. Now, it appears he’s on the verge of regaining his spot in the Baltimore starting rotation.

Britton would also be working on regular rest Tuesday when the Orioles play the second game of a four-game set against the Twins.

Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, and Chris Tillman will be the starters against the Detroit Tigers this weekend while Miguel Gonzalez is scheduled to take the ball in the series opener in Minnesota on Monday night.

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Arrieta sent to Norfolk after bad start in Anaheim

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Arrieta sent to Norfolk after bad start in Anaheim

Posted on 06 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Finally, the Orioles have seen enough — Jake Arrieta was optioned to Norfolk late into the night after another dreadful start in Anaheim.

Arrieta couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning for the second straight time, and the Orioles dropped a 9-7 decision to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. He ended up with his third consecutive no-decision after getting staked to a 7-3 lead.

Arrieta was charged with six runs, five hits and three walks in 3 2-3 innings. He is 1-7 with a 7.71 ERA in 12 starts since May 2, when he threw a career-high eight innings in a 5-0 victory against the Yankees at New York to end Ivan Nova’s 15-game winning streak.

“Obviously I’ve struggled, and tonight was a good example of that. But there’s nothing I can really do about it now,” Arrieta said. “The first half of the season didn’t go as planned. I’ve worked as hard as I could to be highly successful here and it didn’t go that way. But you can’t get too discouraged by it. You just have to keep plugging away and find a way to avoid starts like this.”

The Orioles scored in the first, second and fourth innings against rookie Garrett Richards, but Arrieta’s failure to come up with a shutdown inning on any of those occasions ultimately led to his early exit.

“That’s the most frustrating part of it – when our guys give me a lead like that and I’m not able to get them back in the dugout quickly,” Arrieta said. “We had a 7-3 lead in the fourth, and I know what my job is. I’ve either got to put up a goose egg or limit them to one run. A four or five-run lead is enough for me to win a game.”

The Orioles built their early lead with first-pitch homers by Mark Reynolds and Ryan Flaherty in the second inning and a three-run shot by Matt Wieters in the fourth – all against Richards – but Kendrys Morales drove in the tying and go-ahead runs for the Angels in a five-run fourth.

Despite the victory, Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia kept the clubhouse closed for a half-hour after the club optioned Richards back to Triple-A Salt Lake. By the time reporters were allowed in, a downcast Richards was still at his locker getting some parting words of encouragement from pitching coach Mike Butcher and teammates C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols.

“I’m not discouraged at all. I’m motivated,” Richards said. “I know I belong up here. I know what kind of pitcher I am and they know what kind of pitcher I am. So I’m just going to keep doing my thing, keep pitching like I’m pitching, and let them make the decision.”

Richards gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. The Orioles grabbed a 4-1 lead in the second when Reynolds drove his seventh homer over the double-decker bullpen in left field, Flaherty followed with a shot to left-center and Robert Andino scored on a groundout by Wieters.

The Angels got two of the runs back on Erick Aybar’s RBI single and the first of Mike Trout’s two sacrifice flies. But the Orioles extended their lead to 7-3 in the fourth when Wieters drove a 1-1 pitch into the lower seats in the right field corner for his 15th homer after a two-out walk to J.J. Hardy.

“I made a mistake to Reynolds. The pitch to Flaherty was a fastball away, and he just did a good job of squaring it up and putting backspin on the ball. They’re an aggressive team,” Richards said. “The pitch to Wieters I felt like it was a decent pitch. But he’s a strong guy and he was able to lift it a little bit. But I don’t think he hit it as well as it looked.”

The Angels’ 24-year-old right-hander has surrendered 20 runs and 28 hits along with eight walks over 15 1-3 innings in three starts since June 17, when he pitching eight innings of four-hit ball in a 2-0 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“I still feel like I’m the same pitcher I was that day,” Richards said. “Pitchers are going to go through streaks, just like hitters do. I’ve got to start throwing strikes more consistently. I’m missing my spots right now, the ball’s over the plate and I’m getting hit around a little bit. So I’ve got to go back to the drawing board.”

Trout came up in the fourth representing the potential tying run after Howie Kendrick’s RBI single cut the margin to 7-5. He had to settle for his second sac fly, but Torii Hunter greeted Luis Ayala (2-2) with an RBI single that got the Angels within a run. Pujols sent Hunter to third with a single before stealing second, and both runners scored on Morales’ clutch hit.

Trout, heading to his first All-Star game next week, stole three bases to increase his total to 26 – all of them coming after his recall from Triple-A on April 28. He manufactured a run in the sixth by stealing second and third, and continued home on catcher Wieters’ errant throw past third baseman Wilson Betemit.

LaTroy Hawkins (2-1), the second of six Angels pitchers, retired both batters he faced after relieving Richards in the fifth inning and got credit for the victory.

Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 11th save in 11 chances, keeping his spotless ERA intact in 25 appearances with the Angels and helping them climb within four games of the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. The Orioles slipped 5 1/2 behind the idle New York Yankees in the AL East.

NOTES: Angels RHP Dan Haren was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career because of stiffness in his lower back. RHP Kevin Jepsen was recalled from Salt Lake. … Baltimore’s Chris Davis was scratched with a right trapezius strain in his upper back, and Flaherty started in RF. … Baltimore’s Jason Hammel, who starts Saturday night against Jered Weaver, finished third behind Yu Darvish and Jake Peavy among the five pitchers eligible for the final AL All-Star berth in voting by fans in the Internet. Frieri was fifth behind Jonathan Broxton.

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