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Morgan returns to road Saturday at North Carolina A&T

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Opponent: North Carolina A&T Aggies (6-13, 2-2 MEAC)
Site: Corbett Sports Center, Greensboro, N.C.
Game Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (134-110 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.NCATAggies.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State returns to action with a pair of tough road tests. The Bears will take their unblemished Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record into the Corbett Sports Center to face North Carolina A&T Aggies on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m., before heading to Durham, N.C. to tip-off against the N.C. Central Eagles on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES

The Aggies welcomed back five veterans, including a pair of starters, from a squad that posted a 20-17 overall record, and defeated the Bears to capture the MEAC Tournament championship and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Richaud Pack, a transfer from Florida International, ranks No. 3 in in the MEAC in scoring by averaging 17.1 ppg. Lamont Middleton (16.5 ppg) and Bruce Beckford (11.8 ppg) are also averaging double-digits. Cy Alexander enters his second season as the Aggies’ head coach where he currently holds a 26-30 record. N.C A&T was blown out at North Carolina Central 84-44 on Wednesday. Jeremy Underwood had eight points to lead NC A&T (6-13, 2-2) which scored 20 of its 44 points at the free-throw line.
ROAD WARRIORS

This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 14 games, including a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. With an 87-70 victory against Norfolk State and an 80-71 win at Hampton the Bears improved to 2-6 on the season.
THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 16 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.8 ppg (No. 2 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 14.9 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.6 points and leads the squad averaging 6.6 rebounds on the boards.
BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB 

Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … Black currently has 1,100 career points.
THREES & FREES

The Bears currently rank last (13th) in the MEAC in three-pointers made (4.5 per game) and last in three-point accuracy (27 percent). Morgan State hit a season-high eight from beyond the arc against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 18 vs. High Point, setting a season high for makes. MSU is averaging 24 FTAs per night and rank last in the MEAC in FTs made per game (14) and last in FT accuracy (226-382 – .592 pct).

 

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT

Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.2 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.8 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 2 in the MEAC by averaging 7.7 steals per game.

 

TOUGH IN THE PAINT

Ian Chiles, Cedric Blossom and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 16 games Chiles is shooting 57.2 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.1 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 54.1 pct from the floor.
WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY

Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 7 blocked shots against Marist on 11/25. He’s currently ranked No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 2.9 rejections per contest and now has 145 career blocks.
THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first four conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 191 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 136 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against South Carolina State, the trio accounted for 37 of the Bears’ 73 points. In the last two wins (at Norfolk State and Hampton) the trio averaged 57.5 ppg. The trio has totaled 725 of the team’s 1,140 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Morgan welcomes NC A&T for Senior Day Saturday

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (3-6, 3-2 MEAC) vs. N.C A&T (5-3, 2-3 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET
“Senior Day”
Hughes Stadium (10,000)
Baltimore, Md.

GAME TIME
The Bears (3-6, 3-2) will host the North Carolina A&T Aggies in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday (Nov. 9) in Baltimore (Md.). Head coach Rod Broadway leads the Aggies. N.C. A&T (5-3, 2-3) extended to a 2-game winning streak after a commanding 59-12 non-conference victory against Virginia Univ. of Lynchburg last Saturday during the Aggies homecoming celebration. The Bears pulled off a thrilling come from behind 30-27 victory against Hampton at Hughes Stadium. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-AGGIES MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Aggies will meet for the 79th time … Morgan State leads the series 41-34-3.
• Last time against the Aggies (Sept. 27, 2012) … Robert Council tossed a 32-yard pass to Andrew King to lift Morgan State to a 21-18 win over North Carolina A&T. The Bears’ (2-2, 1-0 MEAC) defense stepped up and forced the Aggies to punt, leaving the Bears with 1:54 seconds and 78 yards to go to win the game.
Council hit Tyrone Hendrix on the sideline, but it was ruled out of bounds. Upon further review, the officials ruled that Hendrix successfully made the catch inbounds. On the very next play, Council hit Travis Davidson over the middle for a 35-yard gain before going out of bounds at the 14.  Following an incompletion and an intentional grounding call, the Bears had 3rd and 28 with 18 seconds left.
Council took the snap out of shotgun, bought time in the pocket while avoiding Aggie defenders, and threw a 32-yard strike to Andrew King for the game-winner with 10 seconds to go.
• The last time the Bears were defeated by N.C A&T was on Oct. 1, 2011 …
Mike Mayhew, the Aggies’ junior running back, had his way with the Bears’ defense by recording 26 carries for a career high 233 yards and a touchdown in a 24-3 defeat of the Bears at Hughes Stadium. Seth Higgins completed 22 of 40 passing attempts for 169 yards and two interceptions. He was also sacked three times in the game. His counterpart, Lewis Kindle completed 10 of 21 passing attempts for 144 yards, a touchdown and an interception on the day.

ABOUT THE AGGIES
• Rod Broadway (North Carolina, ’77) enters his third season as the head football coach at North Carolina A&T. The Aggies football program has made tremendous strides under Broadway’s first two years of stewardship. The Aggies experienced a four-win improvement in 2011after going 1-10 in 2010. More improvement followed as A&T posted a 7-4 record overall and a 5-3 mark in the MEAC in 2012.  It marked the first time in nine seasons the Aggies boasted a winning record.
• N.C. A&T returns 53 lettermen, including 13 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, the Aggies finished with a 7-4 overall record and 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• R-Senior QB Lewis Kindle (6-2, 190) leads the Aggies offense by completing 94 of 174 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns. He’s currently completing 54 percent of his passes and has thrown a total of seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
• Freshman RB Tarik Cohen (5-8, 170) broke the Aggies freshman rushing record on Oct. 26 with his 210-yard performance against Florida A&M. He currently leads the Aggies in rushing with 740 yards on 123 carries and has scored five touchdowns.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout WR Desmond Lawrence.  The Durham, N.C. product leads the Aggies air attack with 30 receptions for 356 yards (11.9 avg) and has three touchdowns.
• MSU’s offense will have to account for the A&T defenders Travis Crosby and D’Vonte Grant. Crosby, a 5-9, 189 pound DB, leads the Aggies with 70 tackles (43 solo) and has six tackles for loss. Grant, a 5-10, 208 pound, leads the squad with nine tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, an interception and 69 tackles from his linebacker position.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 186.9 yards per game on 406 carries and have scored 12 TDs on the ground.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and led the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
• Morgan State ranks 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 322 yards per game (5.1 per play).
• Morgan State ranks 3rd in MEAC pass efficiency (122.4).
• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No 5 in the MEAC in rushing with 545 yards on 114 attempts and has scored three TDs.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE … Morgan State’s rushing game has powered the team to a No. 2 ranking in the MEAC (186.9 ypg), fifth in scoring (20.7 ppg) and fifth in total offense (322.8 ypg). Morgan State’s 1,682 rushing yards through the first nine games is already more than they recorded during the 2012 season (1,647 yards) … in fact, it’s already the most rushing yards gained in the last four years. With three games remaining on the schedule, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the 2,040 rushing yards they posted during the 2008 season.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (32:01 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first nine games, the Bears have scored 23-of-29 (79%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has six players with at least 30 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 75 stops (12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 43 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … Since allowing 6.0 sacks against Robert Morris, the Morgan State offensive line has allowed just three sacks over the next six games and had a stretch of three games without allowing sack before giving up a sack. The Bears currently rank No. T-3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 15 sacks in nine games.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 11 interceptions through nine games. CB Deshaun Summers leads the way with three, followed by CB Joe Rankin and S Paul Eatman both with a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Janvier and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks No. 20 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 2 in pass def­ense by limiting opponents to 149.9 yards per game.

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES … Here are a few national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Bears:

•  Morgan State is 20th nationally in net punting (37.8) and redshirt freshman punter Lawrence Forbes ranks No. 3 (45.0 avg) and has dropped 11 of his 37 punts inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•  Morgan State is 11th nationally in punt returns (2nd in the MEAC – 13.5).
•  The Bears offense ranks 20th nationally in time of possession (32 avg TOP).
•  Morgan State 16th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.6).
•  Morgan State’s pass defense ranks 4th nationally by limiting opponents to 150 passing yards per game.
•  Junior linebacker Cody Acker ranks 23rd nationally in solo tackles (50).

SENIOR DAY … Twelve Morgan State seniors will make their final appearance in Hughes Stadium.

Joe Rankin - Germantown, Md.
Darien Irby - Renton, Wash.
Broderick Gager - Williamsburg, Va.
19 Chris Flowers - Haines City, Fla.
21 Lafredo Brady - Florida City, Fla.
23 Tubotein Taylor - Anaheim, Calif.
34 Wesley Nichols - Bakersfield, Calif.
45 Dionte Holland - Washington, D.C.
53 Stephen Blissett - Pembroke Pines, Fla.
70 Kortlan Jackson - Upper Marlboro, Md.
74 Karim Barton - Los Angeles, Calif.
90 Lucson Noel - Pompano Beach, Fla.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Loyola @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Auto Racing: NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Advocare 500 (Sunday 3pm from Avondale, AZ live on ESPN); College Soccer: Stony Brook @ UMBC (Wednesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); High School Soccer: MPSSAA 4A Quarterfinal-Blake vs. Perry Hall(Tuesday 4pm Honeygo Park), State Semifinals (Saturday 12pm Richard Montgomery High School); Boxing: Rocky Martinez vs. Mikey Garcia (Saturday 9:30pm from Corpus Christi, TX live on HBO)

10. John Fogerty (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Paramore/Metric/Hellogoodbye (Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center), Lynyrd Skynyrd (Sunday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Taking Back Sunday (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Less Than Jake/Anti-Flag (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Parachute/Plain White T’s (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); The Wild Feathers (Sunday 8pm Ottobar); Streetlight Manifesto (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Living Colour (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Reel Big Fish (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), New Found Glory/Alkaline Trio (Thursday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Thursday 6pm 9:30 Club), J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Thursday 10pm 9:30 Club); Grouplove/Saints of Valory (Friday 8pm Bender Arena); Mavis Staples (Friday 8pm Kay Theatre); Rebirth Brass Band (Friday & Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton), Aaron Neville (Sunday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP2″ and M.I.A. “Matangi” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know damn well I’ll be at The Lyric Wednesday night for Fogerty. Greatness is greatness, y’all.

I will also be at The Ottobar Sunday night to enjoy the Wild Feathers. And probably drink and try not to think about football.

J. Roddy Walston might well have the Album of the Year. I mean that.

Mavis Staples could convert you. To anything.

9. Kevin James (Wednesday 7pm Warner Theatre), John Oliver (Friday 7:30pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Bill Burr (Thursday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Pauly Shore (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: Dark World” out in theaters (Friday); White House Down” and “Grown Ups 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Maryland Irish Festival (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds)

You may know Thor better as “The Avenger you didn’t give a crap about but then your fiancee found out he existed”.

Oh my God-you guys remember when Pauly Shore was a thing???

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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.

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 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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Morgan pays visit to North Carolina A&T Saturday

Posted on 26 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
Opponent: North Carolina A&T Aggies
Site: Corbett Sports Center, Greensboro, N.C.
Game Time: 4 p.m.
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (116-95 – 7th yr)

Morgan State (5-10, 2-2) will travel south for a MEAC matchup against the North Carolina A&T Aggies in Greensboro, N.C. The Bears will enter the game coming off of a 73-71 loss at Norfolk State. Justin Black led the Bears with 16 points and eight rebounds. North Carolina A&T (9-10, 2-2) picked up their second straight win on Jan. 19th, beating Howard 61-37 at Corbett Sports Center. Adrian Powell led A&T with 23 points and seven rebounds. The Aggies will host Morgan State following a week of rest. The meeting with N.C. A&T will be the 82nd all-time between the schools, with the Aggies leading the head-to-head series, 48-33.

Bear Bits:

• Six of MSU’s next eight games are away from Hill Field House.

• 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 5-10 while averaging 68 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State, who shot 67.6 percent from the line last season, continues to have hard times from the stripe … through the first 15 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 59.3 percent (217-366 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 33 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 222 points in 15 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 5 (14.8 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 5 of the last seven 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 (36) in the MEAC by averaging 2.4 blocks per game.

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

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

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

• Redshirt junior Ian Chiles, who stand at 7-foot-2, 270-pounds, enters Saturday’s contest with 400 career points and 71 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 8.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg.

• Freshman forward Cedric Blossom scored a season-high 7 points (3-4 FT) with seven rebounds at Norfolk State.

LAST TIME OUT VS. NORTH CAROLINA A&T
January 21, 2012 –  Adrian Powell made a layup with 15 seconds left and North Carolina A&T held on to beat the Bears 62-61 at Hill Field House. Morgan State (4-12, 2-3) 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 The Aggies forced 19 turnovers by the Bears, who had their head coach on the sidelines for the first time in four games.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES
The Aggies welcome 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 13.1 points and is shooting 40 percent from the field. Adrian Powell (12.7 ppg) and Jean Louisme (10.4 ppg) are also posting double-figures for A&T. Austin Witter is the team’s leading rebounder by averaging 6.6 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 353-319 (.525) 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.

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 (1,378, 460 rebs., 150 asts) needs 13 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 .550 (116-95) after 211 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 14.8 points (ranked No. 5), 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 10 blocks. He has recorded 14 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

CONTROLLING THE GLASS
The Bears have only out-rebounded 5 of their first 15 opponents so far this season. In fact, the Bears have gone 4-1 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 Central at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 in Durham, N.C.

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Morgan visits North Carolina A&T Thursday night

Posted on 27 September 2012 by WNST Staff

GAME TIME
The Bears (1-2) are set for the third of four consecutive road tests when they open up the conference schedule at North Carolina A&T on Thursday (Sept. 27). The Aggies enter the 2012 season under the leadership of second-year head coach Rod Broadway. The Aggies (2-1) are coming off a 40-7 win against Virginia Union-Lynchburg.  Morgan State fell 66-6 at Akron in a game that was streamed live by ESPN3. Game time at Aggies Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast by ESPNU.

THE BEARS-AGGIES MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Aggies will meet for the 78th time in history. Morgan State leads the series 40-34-3 since 1930. N.C. A&T won in the last matchup as Mike Mayhew recorded 26 carries for a career-high 233 yards and a touchdown in a 24-3 win at Hughes Stadium.

QUICK HITS
• Morgan State will enter the 2012 season with plenty of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 22 seniors.
• Morgan State returns three of its top rushers from last season: Travis Davidson (792 yards), Tracy Martin (317 yards) and Brian Mann (101 yards).
• Travis Davidson currently leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rushing and ranks No. 10 in the FCS with 320 yards (106.7 avg/g). He also ranks No. 5 the MEAC in scoring (24 Pts/G).
•  Quarterbacks Seth Higgins and Robert Council have combined for 411 passing yards (36-of-76) and two touchdowns.
•  Joe Rankin emerged as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with three picks in 2011…he collected his second pick of the season vs. Akron in Week 3 and has 7 INTs for his career.
•  RB Brian Mann posted a career-high 74 yards on 17 carries and posted a 5 yard TD run in the 3rd quarter at Buffalo in Week 2.
•  LB Tierney Yates (T-4th in tackles for loss/5.0) suffered an injury at Akron and will miss the remainder of the season.
•  Chris Flowers leads the MEAC in kick returns and currently ranks No. 3 in the country by averaging 35.8 yards per return.
•  LB Elandon Roberts recorded his first career interception and added 7 tackles at Buffalo and was selected MEAC Rookie of the Week by the league … he currently ranks No. 9 in the MEAC in tackles (25).
•  WR Andrew King has seven (7) catches for a team-high 113 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown reception.

DAVIDSON ECLISPSES 1,000 YARD MARK
As a result of his 77 yards against Akron on Sept. 15, Travis Davidson has eclipsed the 1,000 yards mark. Davidson currently has 1,052 yards and sits 400 yards away from passing James Fields at No. 10 on the school’s all-time rushing list.

A WIN WOULD …
… improve the Bears to 2-2 this season.

… make the Bears 2-2 for the fourth time during the Donald Hill-Eley era and 2-2 in three consecutive seasons.

… be the Bears first road win of the season, and its first road win since beating Delaware State 12-0 on October 24, 2011.

… give the Bears wins in four of its last five conference openers.

… improve Coach Hill’s record against North Carolina A&T to 8-3 since 2002, and 5-0 at Aggies Stadium.

… improve the Bears record to 1-2 in televised games this season.

NOTES ON THE AGGIES
•  Through the first three games, the A&T defense is ranked No. 3 in total defense limiting opponents to 215.7 yards per contest. The Aggies also boast the league’s  top ranked scoring  defense (12.0 avg), pass defense (127.7 avg) and rank  No.  2 in rushing defense (88.0 avg).

• Freshman RB Dominique Drake currently leads the Aggies with 161 yards (4.4 avg) on 37 carries and has scored  three touchdowns.

• The Aggies have employed the services of both Lewis Kindle and Kwashaun Quick  at the quarterback position. Kindle has completed 26-of-42 passes for 393 yards with two touchdowns, while Quick has thrown for 155 yards on 11-of-23 passes with a touchdown.  So far this season, Quick holds a 3-to-2 margin with Kindle in games played.

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