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Morgan visits North Carolina Central Monday

Posted on 27 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
Opponent: North Carolina Central Eagles
Site: McDougald-McLendon Gym, Durham, N.C.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (116-95 – 7th yr)

Morgan State (6-10, 3-2) wrap up its trip to the Tar Heel state with a MEAC meeting against the North Carolina Central Eagles in Durham, N.C. The Bears will enter the game coming off of a 55-52 win at North Carolina A&T. DeWayne Jackson and Ian Chiles led the Bears with 14 points each and combined for 22 rebounds. North Carolina Central (12-7, 5-0) picked up their sixth straight win on Saturday, beating Coppin State 84-75 at McDougald-McLendon Gym. Ray Willis led the Eagles with 20 points on 7 for 13 shooting. The meeting with N.C. Central will be the second all-time between the schools, with the Bears leading the head-to-head series, 1-0.

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 6-10 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 16 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 59.1 percent (225-381 FT).

• The Bears, who held North Carolina A&T to 4 of 21 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 72 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 236 points in 16 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 eight games.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 153 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 34 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 four 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, enters Monday’s contest with 414 career points and 71 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg.

January 24, 2012 – Larry Bastfield scored a career-high 20 points in leading the Morgan State Bears to a 71-64 win over the Eagles of North Carolina Central. Bastfield, the Bears’ senior starting point guard, made 7 of 14 field goals to notch the most points he had scored since posting 15 points against N.C. A&T on January 31, 2011. Kevin Thompson scored 13 and had five rebounds and three blocked shots for the Bears.Ameer Ali and Aric Brooks added 11 points apiece. MSU entered the ballgame without its 7-foot-2 center Ian Chiles who was sidelined due to illness.

The Eagles welcome back six veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted a 17-15 overall record, finished 5th in the MEAC with a 10-6 ledger. Jeremy Ingram leads the Eagles averaging 15.7 points and is shooting 40 percent from 3-point territory. Stanton Kidd (15.2 ppg) and Ray Willis (12.8 ppg) are also posting double-figures for the Eagles. Kidd is also the team’s leading rebounder by averaging 7.1 rpg to go along with 12 blocked shots. Head coach LeVelle Moton (NCCU ’96) enters his fourth season as the Eagles head coach and he currently holds a 51-59 (.464) record.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

DeWayne Jackson (1,392, 472 rebs., 151 asts) needs 10 points to surpass Troy Brown (1,401 points – 1984-88) to become the school’s No. 9 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.

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.

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.

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).

In the first 16 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.8 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 13.1 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds on the boards.

Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 14.8 points (ranked No. 5), 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 12 blocks. He has recorded 15 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

The Bears have only out-rebounded 6 of their first 16 opponents so far this season. In fact, the Bears have gone 5-1 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.

The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they host Hampton at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Hill Field House.

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Morgan hosts NC Central for Homecoming Saturday

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Morgan State (3-2, 2-0 MEAC) continues the 2012 season play in a battle of undefeated teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference when they matchup against North Carolina Central on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET at Hughes Stadium. The game will mark Homecoming for Morgan State and it will be the Bears first home contest since its home-opener on Sept. 1 against Sacred Heart.  The Eagles enter the 2012 season under the leadership of second-year head coach Henry Frazier III. The Eagles (3-2, 2-0) are coming off an impressive 40-10 win versus South Carolina State.  The Bears rolled Savannah State 45-6 in T.A. Stadium.  The game will be broadcast live by WEAA, 88.9 FM.

• The Bears and Eagles will meet for the 37th time in history. Morgan leads the series 22-12-2.
•  The Bears opened up with 42 first half points en route to a 52-3 rout at North Carolina Central last season… Travis Davidson led the Bears with142 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 49, 2 and 8 yards.
• The last time the Eagles were in Hughes Stadium was on Sept. 14, 2008 during MSU’s Homecoming…Bear RB Devan James rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown and MSU collected a school record six interceptions, en route to a 49-7 win over N.C. Central.

• Morgan State extended to a 7-0 winning streak against Savannah State, and it marked the fifth consecutive time the Bears have posted 40 or more points against the Tigers.
• Travis Davidson currently leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rushing with 514 yards (102.8 avg/g). He also ranks No. 1 the MEAC in scoring (48 Pts).
•  QB Robert Council, made his first career start at Savannah State and completed 6-of-10 passes for 71 yards and rushed for 23 yards for Morgan State (3-2, 2-0), which hasn’t gotten off to a start this good in conference play since 2009.
•  Cornerback Joe Rankin registered his 9th interception of his career, picking off Savannah State quarterback Antonio Bostic in the 1st quarter…He’s currently tied for first place in the nation (FCS) in INTs with four in five games.
• The MSU defense has collected seven (9) interceptions (FCS T-10th) through the first five games of 2012.
•  The Bears continue to be among the top scoring offenses in the league, entering Saturday’s contest as the MEAC’s No. 4 ranked scoring offense (27.2 avg/g).
• Chris Flowers was acknowledged for his individual performance against Savannah State on Oct. 6. Flowers was named the National Kickoff Returner of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) … the redshirt junior scored on an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
• Morgan State currently leads the league in kick returns (ranked No. 11 in the FCS) by averaging 25.7 yards per return.
•  For the second time this season, MAU placekicker/punter Earvin Gonzalez has been named MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week, which was announced Monday … Gonzalez connected on 6-of-6 point after attempts, and averaged 41.6 punting yards, including a 59-yarder with two inside the 20 in the Bears’ win Saturday over Savannah State.
•  True freshman LB Elandon Roberts currently ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in tackles by posting 45 tackles so far this season … he recorded a season-high 14 tackles against N.C A&T and was named Rookie of the Week.

Senior RB Travis “Juice” Davidson returns as one of the top running backs in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The senior led the Bears by accounting for 125 rushing yards and three TDs against Savannah State on Oct. 6. The Redford (Mich.) product has 15 TDs in his Blue & Orange career and will continue to be one to watch.

• North Carolina Central University forced five turnovers that resulted in 24 points during a 40-10 victory over South Carolina State University in the 29th annual Circle City Classic inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
• The win improved the Eagles to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
• Junior QB Jordan Reid leads the Eagles’ offensive attack. Reid ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in pass efficiency (125.5 effic.), No. 7 in passing average (123.0/g) and No. 9 in total offense (130.6/g).
• Geovonie Irvine is a bonafide threat as long as he’s on the field. The senior wideout currently ranks No. 7 in all-purpose yards and is the Eagles’ second leading receiver with eight catches for 132 yards, including two touchdowns. He has also leads the team’s special teams unit by averaging 25.3 record three punt returns for 45 yards and a touchdown
• Through the first five games, RB Andre Clarke (5-10, 213) has been the Eagles leading ground gainer. The redshirt sophomore from Mauldin, S.C. has recorded 48 carries for 305 yards (5.8 avg), including 7 TDs (Ranked 2nd in MEAC in scoring TDs).
• Through five games, the NCCU defense has allowed just 110.2 rushing yards per game, which ranks first in the MEAC and 12th among the FCS statistical leaders. The Eagles also rank T-11th in the FCS in tackles for loss with an average of 7.6 per contest.

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