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Morgan wraps road trip Monday at NC Central

Posted on 26 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Opponent: North Carolina Central (13-5, 4-1 MEAC)
Site: McDougald-McLendon Gym, Durham, N.C.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (134-111 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.NCCUEaglePride.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (6-11, 4-1 MEAC) will travel to Durham, N.C. to take on North Carolina Central on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.  The Eagles (13-5, 4-1 MEAC) rolled past Coppin State 87-63 at home on Saturday and is currently riding a 5-game winning streak. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to bounce back from a disappointing 88-87 overtime loss at N.C. A&T.SCOUTING THE EAGLES

The Eagles welcomed back seven veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 22-9 overall record, and finished second place in the MEAC with an impressive 15-1 record. Jeremy Ingram (19.6 ppg) and Alfonzo Houston (10.6 ppg) lead the Eagles in scoring. Ingram not only leads the MEAC in scoring, but he also ranks among the leading scorers in the nation (Ranked No. 32).  Jay Copeland controls the boards for the Eagles by averaging 6.5 rpg to go along with 9 ppg. Levelle Moton enters his fifth season as the Eagles’ head coach where he currently holds a 74-66 record. Jeremy Ingram scored 24 points as the Eagles controlled a decisive 87-63 victory over Coppin State on Saturday. Ingram amassed 18 of his points in the first half to put N.C. Central up 50-37 at the break.

AVOIDING ROAD KILL

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 88-87 overtime loss against North Carolina A&T the Bears fell to 2-7 on the season.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 17 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.8 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.1 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.4 points and leads the squad averaging 6.7 rebounds on the boards (ranks No. 8 in MEAC).

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 1,119 career points.

THREES & FREES

The Bears currently rank last (13th) in the MEAC in three-pointers made (4.6 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 (240-406 – .591 pct).

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT

Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.1 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.8 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 2 in the MEAC by averaging 7.4 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 17 games Chiles is shooting 56.5 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.1 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 51.3 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 148 career blocks.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first five conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 234 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 160 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 768 of the team’s 1,164 points, 66 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Coppin faces tough road test Saturday at NC Central

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Coppin State (6-12, 3-2 MEAC, 3-7 Road)
vs.
NCCU (12-5, 3-1 MEAC, 8-0 Home)

Jan. 25, 2014 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
- McDougald-McLendon Gym (3,116) – Durham, N.C. -
Video/TV: NCCUEaglePride.com ($8.95)

THE GAME
North Carolina Central University enters the weekend winners of four straight looking for more as they welcome in the Eagles of Coppin State University for a Saturday MEAC doubleheader.  The maroon and gray have won four of the last five in the series, including last season’s 84-75 victory in Durham, N.C. on Jan. 26, 2013.

THE SERIES
NCCU and Coppin State are meeting for the ninth time since 1976 with the maroon and gray holding on to a 5-3 advantage in the series.  In fact, NCCU has won four of the last five meetings dating back to 2008.

SCOUTING REPORT:  COPPIN STATE
-Coppin State enters the weekend 6-12 overall, 3-2 in conference play following an 83-71 loss to Norfolk State on the road on Monday, Jan. 20.  In that contest, the Eagles shot 39.0 percent from-the-floor, including a 9-for-27 (33.3 percent) from beyond-the-arc.  Senior guard Andre Armstrong led Coppin with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting from-the-field that included four three-pointers, along with two rebounds and one assist.  Sophomore guard  Sterling Smith finished with 13 points despite going 1-for-7 from three-point range, while point guard Taariq Cephas added 10 points in the loss.

-CSU is headed by the legendary coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell who has compiled an illustrious record of 423-409 in 28 seasons at the helm in the Charm City.  Mitchell has been in collegiate coaching for 36 years putting together an impressive mark of 650-456.  During his time, CSU has made four NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT appearances, 10 MEAC regular season titles, had 45 student-athletes on the All-MEAC team, along with seven Eagles that have earned MEAC Player of the year honors.

-Coppin State and NCCU have met eight previous times with the maroon and gray Eagles holding a 5-3 lead in the series, including four of the last five matchups.

1/26/13- vs. Coppin State- 84-75 W
1/21/12- at Coppin State- 57-77 L
2/14/11- vs. Coppin State- 77-75 W
1/15/11- at Coppin State- 77-71 W
1/30/08- at Coppin State- 67-65 W
1/16/08- vs. Coppin State- 66-62 L

-CSU has three student-athletes who average double-figures led by 6-5 senior forward Michael Murray who averages 15.0 points a game along with 5.9 rebounds per contest to sit 10th in the MEAC in scoring, and 12th in rebounding.  The other two Eagles in double figures are Armstrong (12.6 points per game) and Smith (10.6 points per game), who is fifth in the MEAC in steals (1.6 steals per game) and three-point field goal percentage (38.8 percent, 31-for-80).  Sitting fourth in the league in assists, Cephas, averages 3.9 helpers per game, while  his teammate junior guard Daquan Brickhouse is tied for 14th dishing out 2.5 assists per game.  Brickhouse is also the No. 1 free-throw shooter in the MEAC at 89.6 percent (43-for-48).  His teammates, Armstrong (9th-81.4 percent) and Cephas (13th-78.7 percent) reside in the Top-15 in that category as well.

-As a team, Coppin State is currently sixth in the MEAC in scoring offense (69.4 points per game) while sitting 13th in the conference in scoring defense allowing 78.0 points a game.  CSU is the league’s top free-throw shooting team at 74.5 percent, just ahead of NCCU (72.0 percent).  The Eagles have hit 120 threes this season to tie Florida A&M for second in the league, but sit ninth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage.  The maroon and gray have made just 88 threes and have attempted 283, while Coppin State has attempted 388 shots from deep.

-The Eagles pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in the nonconference portion of the schedule as CSU upended the Pac-12 Beavers of Oregon State 78-73 on Nov. 10 in Corvallis, Ore.

NCCU VS. MEAC    
Throughout NCCU’s illustrious basketball history, the Eagles have taken on every team in the conference that it helped start back in 1970.  NCCU is 286-264 against MEAC opponents all-time.

Bethune-Cookman- 5-4
Coppin State- 5-3
Delaware State- 18-13
Florida A&M- 8-2
Hampton- 45-31
Howard- 36-26
Md. Eastern Shore- 18-16
Morgan State- 45-40
Norfolk State- 8-27
North Carolina A&T- 68-75
Savannah State- 6-8
SC State- 24-19

LOCKDOWN DEFENSE
In NCCU’s 84-44 win over arch-rival North Carolina A&T, the Eagle defense slowed the Aggie attack, holding A&T to 10 field goals in the game, shooting  22.7 percent from the field.  This was the second-least field goals for an opponent since the Eagles moved to the NCAA Division I level.  Here’s a list of the worst shooting performances by NCCU opponents.

9-48, 18.8%- Johnson & Wales (11/2/10)
10-44, 22.7%- NC A&T (1/22/14)
11-38, 27.1%- Wagner (11/24/12)
12-52, 23.1%- Va. Univ. of Lynchburg (1/8/13)

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Monster Jam (Friday & Saturday Verizon Center); MISL: Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Rochester Lancers @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube); Golf: PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from La Jolla, CA); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Virginia (Thursday 6:30pm from Charlottesville, VA live on Comcast SportsNet), Notre Dame @ Maryland (Monday 7pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Boxing: Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean (Saturday 9pm from DC Armory live on Showtime), Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos (Saturday 9:45pm from New York live on HBO)

10. John Witherspoon (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); Baltimore Boat Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); World of Pets Expo (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Friday & Saturday Sandy Point); I, Frankenstein” out in theaters (Friday); Captain Phillips“, “Machete Kills” and “Blue Jasmine” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Tom Hanks not getting an Academy Award nomination for Captain Phillips is the type of stuff Congress should be spending time investigating.

Also, if you’re at the Boat Show-please get me this boat.

9. Moe. (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); 10 Years (Friday 8:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Little River Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marc Cohn (Saturday 7pm Rams Head on Stage); Ja Rule (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Martha Reeves (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Cowboy Mouth (Friday 6pm 9:30 Club), Reverend Horton Heat (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Brandon Boyd and Sons of the Sea (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), WAR (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Tedeschi Trucks Band (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre); New Politics (Sunday 8pm Rock N Roll Hotel); Pixies (Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Young The Giant “Mind Over Matter” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

moe. are enjoyable music performers.

Oh man. I would totally go see Lyle Lovett…if I had a boat.

Tedeschi Trucks is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Here they do John Prine.

New Politics is the band that does that song you sing along to despite not knowing a single word.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 3pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on ESPNU); Boxing: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Bartholemy (Friday 9pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); MISL: Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Tuesday 5:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube), Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube)

10. Jeezy (Tuesday 10pm Baltimore Arena); Keller Williams (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Slightly Stoopid (Tuesday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Wale (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 11pm Howard Theatre); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Tuesday 9pm 9:30 Club); Rusted Root (Sunday 8pm State Theatre)

People I know enjoy Keller Williams. That’s the extent of the discussion I have to offer here.

Wale is a Washington Football Club fan, yet somehow I don’t hate him. It’s really odd.

Remember when I posted a video of Trombone Shorty last week? This one is decidedly different.

Rusted Root is that band that never thought they’d be best known for a rental car commercial.

9. Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Tuesday 9pm Inner Harbor); Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” out in theaters (Friday); New season of “Community” debuts (Thursday 8pm NBC); Don Jon” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I mean…I’m so more than ready.

Also, what’s the age when you can stop pretending like you hate the sauerkraut your family serves with pork on New Year’s Day and admit you actually REALLY like it? 30 okay?

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Terps have short turnaround, face NC Central Tuesday afternoon

Posted on 30 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland closes non-conference play as it brings in the new year Tuesday afternoon against NC Central at 2:30 pm in Comcast Center. This is the first meeting in history between the teams, and Maryland holds a 39-2 record against current MEAC schools.

Watch: ESPN3 – Mike Corey (Play-by-Play), Glenn Consor (Analyst)

Storylines

• Sophomore guard Seth Allen starred in his season debut against Tulsa, scoring 15 points in 21 minutes of action. Allen missed the first 12 games of the season after fracturing his left foot in practice on Oct. 29.

• Sunday was a milestone night for Dez Wells, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark with his fourth point of the game against Tulsa. Wells has scored 702 points at Maryland since transferring from Xavier after his freshman season.

• The victory against Tulsa marked head coach Mark Turgeon’s 300th career win. Currently in the midst of his 16th season, Turgeon (300-192) is the eighth active ACC coach to reach the milestone.

• Dez Wells considers NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton a ‘father figure,’ as Moton was a mentor for Wells while growing up in Raleigh, N.C.

• Junior Jonathan Graham has played his way into the frontcourt rotation in recent games, and could be a viable starting option for the Terps Tuesday. The junior transfer is averaging 17.2 minutes over the last five games, tallying at least one block in every game. He had a season-high seven rebounds vs. Tulsa.

• The Terps are 6-0 when leading at the half and 8-0 when leading with 5:00 to play in the game.

Last Time Out
Dez Wells recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds and Seth Allen scored 15 points to help the Maryland men’s basketball team overcome an early double-digit deficit in an 85-74 victory over Tulsa Sunday night.
Allen came off the bench to provide Maryland (8-5) with a much-needed spark, playing in his first game since breaking his foot on October 29. Despite being sidelined for three months, the sophomore point guard played 21 minutes, had three of the Terps’ 10 assists and connected three times from beyond the arc.
The Terrapins took the lead for good when Jake Layman drilled a 3-pointer to make it 48-45 with 12:32 left. Nick Faust followed with a jumper from beyond the arc, and Maryland moved ahead 52-47.

Seth Allen Stars in Return
Sophomore Seth Allen fractured a bone in his left hand during practice on March 24 and missed the final two games of the 2012-13 season. His return was then pushed back eight more weeks after he broke his foot on Oct. 29.
Allen played beyond the expectations of many in his season debut against Tulsa Sunday when he poured in 15 points in 21 minutes (10 first, 11 second) of action. The guard was greeted to a large ovation from the Comcast crowd as he checked into the game at the 15:46 mark of the first half.
Trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half versus Tulsa, the Terps mounted a 14-2 run that was partially sparked by Allen. The shifty point guard scored his first field goal of the season on a quick layup through the hole, before delivering a 3-pointer 23 seconds later to send Maryland fans into a frenzy.

Milestones Abound
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon earned his 300th career victory with the Terrapins’ 85-74 defeat of Tulsa Sunday. He joined Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell as the only coaches in Maryland history to have earned 300 victories during their careers.
Junior Dez Wells’ victory came much earlier in the Tulsa game, as he recorded his 1,000th career point just three minutes and 51 seconds in the game. Wells needed just four points to reach the plateau entering the game, and finished with 18. He currently has 702 points through 51 games at Maryland since transferring from Xavier after his freshman season.

Scouting NC Central
Despite boasting a strong 7-3 record, NC Central has lost two of its last three contests at IUPUI and Wichita State. The Eagles upset in-state foe NC State earlier this season in overtime, 82-72.
The Eagles rely heavily on Jeremy Ingram, who is averaging 24.6 points on the season. The senior turned in an incredible performance against Wichita State, posting a career-high 37 points in the defeat.
NC Central has shown strong defensive ability through its first 10 games, ranking 12th in the nation in 3-point FG defense (.275), 35th in scoring defense (63.5) and 41st in steals/g (8.0).

Raleigh Connections
Junior Dez Wells looks up to NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton, who served as a mentor and “father figure” for Wells as he grew up in Raleigh, N.C. Moton is arguably the greatest player in NC Central history, playing from 1992-96.

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Morgan looks for back to back wins Sunday against NC Central

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (1-5, 1-1 MEAC) vs. North Carolina Central (3-3, 1-1 MEAC)
NCCU Homecoming
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 – 2 p.m. ET
O’Kelly Riddick Stadium (10,000)
Durham, N.C.

GAME TIME
The Bears (1-5, 1-1) will travel to face Mid-Eastern Conference opponent North Carolina Central on Saturday (Oct. 19) in Durham (N.C.). The game will mark Homecoming for the Eagles. Interim head coach Dwayne Foster leads the Eagles. NCCU (3-3, 1-1) look to bounce back from a 43-3 thrashing at the hands of South Carolina State last Thursday night. The Bears are coming off its Week 7 bye. The last time MSU was in action was on Oct. 5 when they snapped an 11-game losing streak by beating Florida A&M 34-21 during Homecoming in Baltimore. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live by WEAA, 88.9 FM.

THE BEARS-EAGLES MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Eagles will meet for the 38th time … Morgan State leads the series 22-13-2.
• Last time against the Eagles (Oct. 13, 2012) … North Carolina Central QB Jordan Reid’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Detwan Robinson with 25.6 seconds left was the difference in Morgan State’s 24-20 heartbreaking homecoming loss to the Eagles at Hughes Stadium. It marked the first homecoming loss for the Bears since October 21, 2006. MSU RB Travis “Juice” Davidson rushed for 105 yards in 18 attempts, scoring two touchdowns and also recorded 60 yards receiving.
• The last time the Bears played the Eagles at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium was on Oct. 15, 2011 … Donald Hill-Eley coached from the booth and watched as his offense opened up with 42 first half points en route to a 52-3 rout. Travis Davidson rushed for 142 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 49, 2 and 8 yards.

ABOUT THE EAGLES
• Dwayne Foster (Delaware State, 1993) joined NCCU in 2011 as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach, before being elevated to interim head coach prior to the 2013 season. Previously, he served as running backs coach at Prairie View A&M University (2005-10), tight ends and running backs coach at Catholic University (2004), and offensive line coach at Bowie State University (2003).
• N.C. Central finished the 2012 season with a 6-5 overall record and went 5-3 in the MEAC.
• NCCU returns 41 lettermen, including 10 starters from last year’s team.
• NCCU QB Jordan Reid entered the season as 2013 Preseason All-MEAC Second Team selection. The High Point (N.C.) product currently ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in passing … the senior has completed 92 of 178 passes for 985 yards with a pair of touchdowns … he has also thrown two interceptions.
•  Reid’s favorite targets are wideouts redshirt sophomore Adrian Wilkins and redshirt senior Marvin Poole. The pair has 17 receptions and a touchdown apiece.  Wilkins has 214 reception yards compared to Poole’s 201 yards.
• NCCU LB Tazmon Foster is one of the leaders for the Eagles defense. The senior enters this weekend’s contest with 67 tackles (38 solo) with 5.0 tackles for loss thru six games.
• The Eagles’ ground attack is led by Idreis Augustus. The 5-7, 190 pound redshirt sophomore has 67 carries for 295 yards (4.4 avg) and has three touchdowns. He also has 11 catches for 86 yards.
• The Bears’ special teams unit will face one of the the top ranked return teams in the MEAC. NCCU ranks No. 1 in the league by averaging 23.7 yards per kickoff return, and ranks No. 2 in punt returns (14.1/g).
• MSU quarterbacks need to be wary throwing against N.C. Central’s secondary … Freshman cornerback  Michael Jones (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mills Academy) ranks T-No. 1in the FCS  with four interceptions and the Eagles rank No. 2 with nine interceptions thru the first six games of the season.

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.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five touchdowns in 2012.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
•  NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
•  LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
•  Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return average (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
•  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).

IMPROVING OFFENSE … The aftermath of the Bears 34-21 win against Florida A&M not only improved the team’s record to 1-5, but also gave a glimpse of Morgan State’s improving offense. The team produced a season-high 382 yards of offense against the Rattlers, and junior QB Seth Higgins led the way. On 17 carries, Higgins, rushed for a career-high 102 yards and accounted for three touchdowns. With Higgins running so well, the Bears should continue to see success with the read-option moving forward.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears notched their third game of the season with a time of possession of more than 30 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 37:30 – 22:30 advantage in the win against Florida A&M. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (30:31 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first six games, the Bears have scored 13-of-17 (77%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 7 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has six players with at least 20 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 58 stops (T-6th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 29 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 one sack over the next four games and none over the past three games at Western Kentucky and home against Norfolk State and Florida A&M.

HIGGINS STANDS TALL IN QB CAROUSEL … With Robert CouncilMoses Skillon and Ricky Fisk jockeying for additional playing time, Seth Higgins appears to be the lone starter for the Bears. The junior played the entire game against Norfolk State and accounted for three touchdowns. He led the Bears to its first win of the season against Florida A&M by completing 12 of 20 passes for 144 yds and a TD. He also rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 17 carries, including a 2-yard TD.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded eight interceptions through six games. CB Joe Rankin has a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Janvier, CBDeShaun Summers, and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU’s defense currently ranks T-22 in the FCS in interceptions and No. 7 in passing yards allowed (146.7 avg).

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Towson up to number three in FCS media rankings

Posted on 23 September 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS MOVE UP TO 3rd IN FCS RANKINGS

Tigers Attain Highest FCS Ranking Ever

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  Off to its best start since 1986, the undefeated Towson University football team moved up to third place in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

Towson had been ranked fourth in the nation the last two weeks. The Tigers started the year as the 11th-ranked team in FCS. They moved up to fifth after a season-opening victory over Connecticut.

This is the highest national ranking at the FCS level that the Tigers have ever received.

Towson was ranked fourth behind Montana State last week. However, when Montana State lost to Stephen F. Austin, the Tigers moved ahead of the Bobcats.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (3-0) received 157 of a possible 158 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-1) got the other first place vote and is ranked second.

The Tigers, who have won their last eight games, own the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. North Dakota State has a 12-game winning streak.

Towson is one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (1-1) is ranked 10th while James Madison (3-1) moved up to 14th in the nation. Villanova (1-2) is ranked 19th while Richmond (2-2) is the 22nd-ranked team in the nation.

Stony Brook (1-2) dropped out of the national rankings but is listed among other receiving votes. Maine (3-1), William & Mary (3-1) and Delaware (3-1) are also listed among others receiving votes.

The Tigers will be seeking their ninth consecutive victory when they open their CAA schedule with a game at Stony Brook on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (157)                                 3-0                3,949                   1

2.      Eastern Washington (1)                                    2-1                 3,669                   2

3.      Towson University                                          4-0                3,580                  4

4.      Sam Houston State                                         3-1                 3,415                   5

5.      Northern Iowa                                                3-0                3,258                  7

6.      South Dakota State                                         3-1                 2,884                  6

7.      Montana                                                         3-0                2,802                  9

8.      Eastern Illinois                                               3-1                 2,622                  8

9.      McNeese State                                               4-0                2,529                  12

10.     New Hampshire                                              1-1                  2,428                  11

11.      Montana State                                                2-2                2,366                   3

12.     Coastal Carolina                                             4-0                1,809                   15

13.     Central Arkansas                                            2-2                1,681                    13

14.     James Madison                                               3-1                 1,578                   17

15.     Georgia Southern                                            2-1                 1,531                    14

16.     Fordham                                                        4-0                1,312                    21

17.     Wofford                                                          2-2                1,307                    10

18.     Cal Poly                                                         1-2                 1,124                    18

19.     Villanova                                                       1-2                 966                     20

20.    Bethune-Cookman                                          3-1                 876                     19

21.     Lehigh                                                           3-0                821                     22

22.    Richmond                                                       2-2                673                     23

23.    Tennessee-Martin                                           2-1                 596                     24

24.    Northern Arizona                                            2-1                 556                    25

25.    Gardner-Webb                                                 3-1                 483                    NR

Others receiving votes:  Youngstown State 452, Stony Brook 329, Maine 271, Illinois State 260, William & Mary 235, Jacksonville State 193, Delaware 162, Southern Utah 154, North Carolina A&T 99, Chattanooga 89, Stephen F. Austin 53, Samford 37, Southeastern Louisiana 34, Eastern Kentucky 32, South Carolina State 30, Harvard 25, Tennessee State 17, Penn 13, Charleston Southern 12, Southern Illinois 7, Western Illinois 6, Northwestern State 6, Jackson State 5, Indiana State 4, Portland State 4, Appalachian State 2, Liberty 2, Sacred Heart 1, Alcorn State 1.

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Towson moves to #2 in FCS Coaches’ poll

Posted on 23 September 2013 by WNST Staff

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – North Dakota State received all 26 first-place votes for the third consecutive week to remain the unanimous No.1 in the FCS Coaches’ poll, while Towson jumped into second place in the rankings after moving to 4-0 on Saturday.

The Bison welcomed ESPN’s College Gameday to Fargo, N.D., on Saturday and proved to be a worthy host, dropping Delaware State 51-0 to move to 3-0 in 2013. Towson also remained undefeated following a 35-17 victory against North Carolina Central. The Tigers earned 616 points to take the No. 2 spot in the poll.

Eastern Washington (598) moved into third coming off its bye week, and Sam Houston State (573) and Northern Iowa (531) sit at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, following wins during the weekend. South Dakota State notched 465 points to settle into sixth, with New Hampshire and Montana sharing this week’s No. 7 ranking after each team received 460 points.

McNeese State (409) enters the top 10 at No. 9, jumping four spots from No. 13 last week. Last week’s No. 2, Montana State (402), dropped eight spots to 10th after a 52-38 loss to Stephen F. Austin.

Coastal Carolina moved to No. 11 with 372 points, with Eastern Illinois (354), Central Arkansas (326), James Madison (283) and Wofford (278) rounding out the top 15.

Fordham (217) jumped five spots to No. 16 after moving to 4-0 on Saturday. Lehigh is No. 17 with 214 points, followed by Bethune-Cookman (179) and Cal Poly (169). Richmond stayed put at No. 20, receiving 156 points this week.

Villanova sits at No. 21 with 155 points and Northern Arizona remained at No. 22 after notching 117 points. Stony Brook (107), Illinois State (80) and Youngstown State (47) finish out the rankings.

Maine dropped from the poll after being ranked No. 25 last week.

 

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Towson looks for 4-0 start Saturday at NC Central

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

DURHAM, N.C. – After posting a 49-7 victory over Delaware State University in their home opener on Saturday evening, Coach Rob Ambrose and the fourth-ranked Towson University football team will try to keep their perfect record intact when the Tigers face North Carolina Central in Durham, N.C. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.

The game will be broadcast back to the Towson area on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan, Damon Lewis and Zach Maskavich calling the action.

Ranked fourth in the nation for the second week in a row, the undefeated Tigers bring a 3-0 record to North Carolina Central. After opening the season with a 33-18 victory over Connecticut, Towson posted back-to-back victories by the identical 49-7 margin. After beating Holy Cross by 49-7 on Sept. 7, the Tigers handed Delaware State a 49-7 loss last Saturday night.

The Tigers, who have won seven games in a row, have the second-longest winning streak in NCAA FCS football, a mark that is topped by defending national champion North Dakota State. The Bison own an 11-game winning streak.

For the third time in four games, the Tigers will be on the road again this week. Ironically, five of the Tigers’ seven consecutive victories have come on the road. Last year, Towson posted wins at No. 22 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware and No. 7 New Hampshire to close out the season.

Thanks to a very impressive defense, the Tigers have been dominant the last two weeks, outscoring their opponents by a 98-14 margin.

The Tigers, who have allowed only four touchdowns in their first three games, are ranked third in NCAA FCS in scoring defense, allowing 10.7 points per game. Towson also leads NCAA FCS in Red Zone defense with a .333 mark. The Tigers have been very stingy against the run, allowing 71.0 rushing yards per game, a mark that ranks fifth in the nation. Towson has yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season.

Towson is also sixth in total defense, allowing 267.3 yards per game. With 11 sacks in three games, the Tigers are tied for eighth in the nation. Towson is also ranked among the national leaders in turnover margin with a plus-six ratio. The Tigers have forced eight turnovers while only turning the ball over twice.

Coach Ambrose has been very pleased with the way the Tigers are playing defense. He says, “The defensive staff has done a great job putting together schemes. We have the talent to make those schemes work and it’s not just 11 guys. We have a lot of guys who also contribute and they’ve been pretty darn good.”

Senior linebackers Telvion Clark and Monte Gaddis have been the Tigers’ top defensive performers this season. Clark leads the Tigers with 25 tackles while Gaddis has made 13 tackles. Led by Gaddis, the Tigers have intercepted five passes this season. Gaddis has two of them.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens has done an outstanding job running the Tiger offense. The Tigers are averaging 43.7 points per game this season while Athens has completed 46 of 67 passes for 633 yards and four touchdowns. He has only thrown one interception and has not been sacked.

The Tigers have also been led by junior running back Terrance West. The third-leading rusher in the Colonial Athletic Association, West has rushed for 359 yards on 69 carries, an average of 119.7 yards per game. After tying the school record with five rushing touchdowns in the win over Delaware State, West has nine touchdowns in three games this season. He is tied for the national lead.

West has scored 53 touchdowns in his career, a school record.

Towson will be playing North Carolina Central for the first time. The Eagles are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and are off to a 2-1 start.

After their trip to North Carolina Central, the Tigers will open CAA action next weekend when they visit Stony Brook on Sept. 28 for a 6:00 p.m. contest.

TIGER TALES: West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after scoring five touchdowns against Delaware State … It was the fifth time in his career that he earned the honor … West has now received nine CAA weekly awards during his career, tying the record he shares with Andrew Pierce of Delaware.

Towson’s seven-game winning streak is the Tigers’ longest winning streak since 1984 when they opened the season with seven consecutive victories … The Tigers are 8-for-10 on fourth down this season and they have scored touchdowns on five of their fourth down plays.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer: MLS-DC United @ New England Revolution (Saturday 7:30pm from Foxborough, MA live on MLS Direct Kick); College Soccer: Navy @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park), UMBC @ Loyola (Saturday 7pm Ridley Athletic Complex); WNBA Playoffs: Washington Mystics vs. Atlanta Dream (Game 1 Thursday TBD from Atlanta live on ESPN2 Game 2 Saturday 7pm from Atlanta live on Monumental Network/NBA TV Game 3 if necessary Monday TBD from Atlanta live on TBD)

10. Willie Nelson & Family (Sunday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Imagine Dragons/The Neighbourhood (Friday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Virgin Mobile FreeFest feat. Robin Thicke/Vampire Weekend/MGMT/City & Colour/Avett Brothers (Saturday 12pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Michael Buble (Sunday 8pm Verizon Center); Steely Dan (Friday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Scotty McCreery (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live), Local Natives (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Pepper (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Mickey Hart Band (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Hed PE (Sunday 6pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dan Deacon (Saturday 9pm Ottobar); Mint Condition (Thursday 7:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Yellowcard (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Michael Franti & Spearhead (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Jamey Johnson (Sunday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alt-J (Wednesday & Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Stereophonics (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Pet Shop Boys (Thursday 8pm Strathmore); Montgomery Gentry (Saturday postgame Nationals Park); MGMT “MGMT”, Elvis Costello & The Roots “Wise Up Ghost” and Jack Johnson “From Here To Now To You” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You may recognize Imagine Dragons as the band that performs EVERY SONG YOU’VE HEARD IN 2013.

I’ve lost so many hairs on my arms to Robert Randolph shows over the years. I could share any number of his songs, but I just learned that he once did “Up On Cripple Creek” with Joe Walsh so that will be the play.

J. Roddy Walston and The Business are the Biz. Ness.

Wait. Elvis Costello and THE ROOTS? Elvis Costello and The Roots.

9. Maryland Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Carroll County Farm Museum); Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention (Thursday-Saturday Hunt Valley Wyndham); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Penn Station); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Prisoners” out in theaters (Friday); Erik Griffin (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Dave Attell (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); World War Z” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Grand Theft Auto V” available for XBox360/PlayStation3 (Tuesday)

Is Erik Griffin not coming to you? Are you a Workaholics fan? If not, you should be.

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