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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-Cuba @ US Under-23 Men (Thursday 9pm from Nashville live on Universal Sports Network), Canada @ US Under-23 Men (Saturday 9pm from Nashville live on Universal Sports), El Salvador @ US Under-23 Men (Monday 9pm from Nashville live on Universal Sports), MLS-DC United @ Vancouver Whitecaps (Saturday 10pm from Vancouver live on Comcast SportsNet); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour Sony Ericsson Open (Saturday-Monday 11am from Miami live on Tennis Channel); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Antwone Smith vs. Roberto Garcia (Friday 9pm from Pharr, TX live on ESPN2), ShoBox-Diego Magdaleno vs. Eduardo Lazcano (Friday 11pm from Tucson, AZ live on Showtime), Erik Morales vs. Danny Garcia (Saturday 10pm from Houston live on HBO), Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris (Saturday 10pm from New York live on NBC Sports Network); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator Fighting Championships 62 (Friday 8pm from Laredo, TX live on MTV2)

10. The Head And The Heart (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Crack The Sky (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Adema (Wednesday 7pm Recher Theatre); Psychedelic Furs (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Phil Vassar (Wednesday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Gotye (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Fatboy Slim (Friday 9pm 9:30 Club), The Joy Formidable (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Fiona Apple (Wednesday 9pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Kevin Eubanks (Thursday-Sunday Blues Alley); Angelique Kidjo (Saturday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); ShamrockFest feat. Dropkick Murphys, Gavin Degraw, Carbon Leaf (Saturday RFK Stadium); The Shins “Port of Morrow” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Here’s a truth. The Head and The Heart had one of the ABSOLUTE best songs of 2011…

Gotye is the band whose name you have NO IDEA how to pronounce but you just can’t get out of your head…

Fiona Apple once did a video in her underwear. It was awkward because 14 year old Glenn was both aroused and terribly disturbed…

I saw The Shins on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure I was into them. I’m into them.

9. Ralphie May (Friday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); Bret Ernst (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” & “The Muppets” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “The Hunger Games” opens in theaters (Friday); Beer, Bourbon & BBQ (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds)

I will be at BBBBQ Saturday morning with my “Reality Check Players” partner John Collingsworth. If you intended to do something with me at some point during the day Saturday understand…well…just be prepared for anything.

I’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to Friday night on Tuesday and Wednesday on “The Reality Check.” Not sure if Beer, Bourbon & BBQ is an event for you? I have a simple question. Does this look like something you’d enjoy?

What about this?

See you this weekend.

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Kentucky Favorite, Loyola Given Longest Odds to Win NCAA Tournament

Posted on 12 March 2012 by WNST Staff

“As of this morning we have already seen some trends on who the public is liking to take this thing down. Florida State who won the ACC and who we opened at 40-1 have dropped down to 30-1 and are a heavy liability for us already.  Syracuse at 10-1 as a #1 seed has also taken quite a bit unlike Kentucky who are clear cut favorites at 9/4 but not seeing too much action at that short price. Michigan State took quite a lot of money when they were as high as 40-1 at one point during the season but now at 17/2 I guess some bettors feel they missed the boat on that one.”

-Kevin Bradley, Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager 

Odds to Win the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship 

Kentucky (1)                                          9/4

Ohio State (2)                                        11/2

North Carolina (1)                                   13/2

Michigan State (1)                                  17/2

Missouri (2)                                           10/1

Kansas (2)                                            10/1

Syracuse (1)                                          10/1

Duke (2)                                                20/1

Marquette (3)                                         30/1

Florida State (3)                                     30/1

Baylor (3)                                              35/1

Wisconsin (4)                                        35/1

Louisville (4)                                          35/1

Vanderbilt (5)                                         35/1

Wichita State (5)                                    40/1

Georgetown (3)                                      40/1

New Mexico (5)                                      50/1

Indiana (4)                                             60/1

Florida (7)                                              65/1

Memphis (8)                                          65/1

Cincinnati (6)                                         75/1

Kansas State (8)                                    75/1

Connecticut (9)                                      75/1

Michigan (4)                                          80/1

Belmont (14)                                          100/1

Temple (5)                                             100/1

UNLV (6)                                               100/1

Murray State (6)                                     100/1

Notre Dame (7)                                      100/1

St. Mary’s (7)                                         125/1

Gonzaga (7)                                          125/1

West Virginia (10)                                  125/1

San Diego State (6)                                150/1

St. Louis (9)                                          150/1

Alabama (9)                                           150/1

Creighton (8)                                          150/1

Texas (11)                                             100/1

Purdue (10)                                           100/1

NC State (11)                                        100/1

Iowa State (8)                                        200/1

Virginia (10)                                           200/1

VCU (12)                                               250/1

Harvard (12)                                           250/1

California (12)                                        250/1

Southern Miss (9)                                  250/1

Long Beach State (12)                            250/1

Colorado State (11)                                300/1

Colorado (11)                                         300/1

South Florida (12)                                  300/1

Montana (13)                                         300/1

New Mexico state (13)                            300/1

Ohio (13)                                               300/1

Davidson (13)                                         300/1

BYU (14)                                               300/1

Iona (14)                                                300/1

St. Bonaventure (14)                               300/1

South Dakota State (14)                         300/1

Lehigh (15)                                            450/1

Norfolk State (15)                                   450/1

Detroit (15)                                            450/1

Mississippi Valley State (16)                   500/1

Western Kentucky (16)                           500/1

NC-Ashville (16)                                     500/1

Long Island (16)                                     500/1

Lamar (16)                                             500/1

Vermont (16)                                         500/1

Loyola Maryland (15)                              500/1

Odds to Win the South Region           

Kentucky (1)                              5/7

Duke (2)                                    5/1

Baylor (3)                                  11/2

Wichita State (5)                        8/1

Indiana (4)                                 12/1

UNLV (6)                                   25/1

Connecticut (9)                          30/1

Notre Dame (7)                          40/1

Iowa State (8)                            60/1

Xavier (10)                                 60/1

VCU (12)                                   100/1

Colorado (11)                             150/1

New Mexico State (13)               200/1

South Dakota State (14)             200/1

Lehigh (15)                                200/1

Western Kentucky (16)               200/1

Mississippi Valley State (16)       225/1

Odds to Win the West Region 

Michigan State (1)                      11/5

Missouri (2)                               9/4

Marquette (3)                             13/2

Louisville (4)                              13/2

New Mexico (5)                          9/1

Florida (7)                                  14/1

Memphis (8)                              14/1

Murray State (6)                         25/1

St. Louis (9)                              30/1

Virginia (10)                               50/1

Long Beach State (12)                75/1

Davidson (13)                             100/1

BYU (14)                                   100/1

Colorado State (11)                    150/1

Iona (14)                                    150/1

Norfolk State (15)                       200/1

Long Island (16)                         200/1

Odds to Win the East Region  

Ohio State (2)                            8/5

Syracuse (1)                              9/4

Vanderbilt (5)                             9/1

Florida State (3)                         10/1

Wisconsin (4)                            10/1

Kansas State (8)                        15/1

Cincinnati (6)                             18/1

Gonzaga (7)                              30/1

West Virginia (10)                      30/1

Texas (11)                                 30/1

Southern Mississippi (9)             60/1

Harvard (12)                               60/1

Montana (13)                             100/1

St. Bonaventure (14)                   150/1

Loyola Maryland (15)                  200/1

NC-Ashville (16)                         200/1

Odds to Win the Midwest Region        

North Carolina (1)                       8/5

Kansas (2)                                2/1

Georgetown (3)                          10/1

Michigan (4)                              15/1

Temple (5)                                 18/1

Purdue (10)                               18/1

Belmont (14)                              18/1

NC State (11)                            20/1

St. Mary’s (7)                             25/1

San Diego State (6)                    30/1

Creighton (8)                              35/1

Alabama (9)                               40/1

California (12)                            50/1

South Florida (12)                      100/1

Ohio (13)                                   100/1

Detroit (15)                                150/1

Lamar (16)                                 200/1

Vermont (16)                             225/1

Courtesy of Bovada (formerly Bodog), www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV. 

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UMBC Opens Lax Season Saturday Against Robert Morris

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team opens its 45th season of intercollegiate lacrosse on Saturday, Feb. 18 when the Retrievers host Robert Morris University. This will be the first meeting between UMBC and RMU on the lacrosse field. The opening face-off takes place at 1:00 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. All UMBC home lacrosse games are streamed with several cameras and audio on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

In 2012, head coach Don Zimmerman enters his 19th season at UMBC. Amongst active Division I coaches, he is ninth in total victories (208) and 14th in winning percentage (.615). Ed Stephenson, who spent six years (1995-2000) at UMBC, returns as associate head coach and joins former Retriever Andy Gallagher and Rocco Vicchio on the sidelines.

Twenty-five players and eight starters return from last year’s squad. The Retrievers (6-7, 3-2 AEC) had a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the eighth consecutive year.

SR A Rob Grimm JR A Scott Jones and JR D Ethan Murphy have been named captains for the 2012 Retrievers. Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 89 points (43-46-89). He needs 11 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.

UMBC is now in its 45th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 333-275 (.548). They are 217-210 (.508) in their 31st year at the Division I level. The Retrievers are 34-12 (.739) at home in the last six seasons.

SCOUTING THE COLONIALS

For the first time in school history, the Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse program had former Colonials selected in a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft as Trevor Moore and Patrick Smith were both chosen in the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft held in December. Moore, who led the nation in goals per game in 2011, was picked in the 10th round by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, while Smith was taken in the 12th round by the Ohio Machine.

Senior Kiel Matisz and junior Jake Hayes both tallied hat tricks to help first-year mentor Andrew McMinn earn a win in his collegiate head-coaching debut as the Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team held off a late Bellarmine charge to claim a 9-8 victory in each squad’s 2012 regular-season opener last Saturday afternoon.

Robert Morris earned its first postseason berth in school history in 2011 and also became the first Division I program since 1997 to lead the nation in scoring offense in back-to-back seasons. The Colonials’ victory over Bucknell was also its first over a nationally-ranked opponent in school history.

Senior midfielder Kyle Buchanan is the Colonials’ leading returning scorer- he had 20 goals and 16 assists in 2012.

TOP DAWG: In 2009, Head Coach Don Zimmerman earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years.  Zimmerman enters the 2012 season 9th in victories (208) and 14th in winning percentage (61.5%) amongst active Division I coaches. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 208-130 in his 26th year as a collegiate mentor. Zimmerman is the 10th active coach to record 200 victories. He  coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2012.

Zimmerman’s Records

Career Record:            208-129 (.617) (26th season)

at UMBC:                    135-114 (.542) (19th season)

TEAM CAPTAINS: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected senior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y./Carthage), junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) as its captains for the 2011-12 season.

“We are pleased with the selection of Rob, Scott and Ethan as this year’s captains,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “They are outstanding individuals in their own right, and this trio will now have the opportunity to work together as leaders, representing the 2012 Retrievers on and off the playing field.”

CONGRATS: Four returning players received their first conference accolades. Junior attackman Scott Jones and junior defender Sam McKelvey earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Sophomore Zach Linkous was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team and sophomore Neill Lewnes earned a spot on the conference’s All-Academic squad.

Sixty Retrievers have been honored by the America East Conference on all-league teams since 2004.

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is now 33-9 in eight years of America East competition and 18-3 at UMBC Stadium.

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 23-12 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09  until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season. In one-goal decisions, UMBC has now won four  in a row (dating back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009)  and 15 of its last 19.

UMBC is now 15-5 in Don Zimmerman’s 17 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 17-7 in extra time.

HOME, SWEET HOME: After 14 consecutive winning seasons at UMBC Stadium, the Retrievers were 1-6 at home in 2010. However, UMBC bounced back to go 4-1 last year and is 34-12 (.739) at home since 2006. The Retrievers have currently won four in a row at UMBC Stadium.

FOR OPENERS: Prior to the loss to the Blue Hens last sesaon, UMBC had won its last seven home openers since an 11-4 loss to Navy in 2002. After the setback to Rutgers last week, Coach Zimmerman is now 11-7 in UMBC home openers.

THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING: UMBC’s 45 wins over a four-year period (2006-09) is the most in the school’s history, surpassing the 42 wins recorded from 1974-1977. For the first time in school history, UMBC won 10 or more games in four consecutive seasons.

Programs With Most Victories, 2006-09

1. Virginia 58

2. Duke 56

3. Cornell 50

4. Syracuse 47

5. UMBC 45

DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 45th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 333-275 (.548). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 217-210 (.508) in their 31st year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY: UMBC has been nationally ranked in man-up percentage in four of the past six years. In 2009, the Retrievers led the country in man-up situations and set a school record by converting on 51.7% (30 of 57) of its opportunities.

Year    Man-Up Pct. Year-End National Rank

2009    .517                  1st

2007    .464                  5th

2006    .417                  7th

2005    .444                  2nd

2004    .379                  10th

Junior attackman Rob Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 89 points (43-46-89). He needs 11 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.  Grimm has points in 36 of 41 games played in his career.

Grimm’s Five-Point Games

March 31, 2009            2g, 3a vs. Towson

Feb. 19, 2011              1g, 4a at Presbyterian

March 5, 2011              3g, 2a at North Carolina

April 6, 2011                3g, 2a vs. Towson

May 3, 2012                 4g, 1a at Hartford

HAT TRICKS: Sophomore Scott Jones posted his second career three-goal game by tallying UMBC’s first three of the contest at Maryland. He recorded four goals in the opener at Presbyterian, added five at Albany on April 16 and recorded his fourth of the campaign vs. Vermont. UMBC’s had 11 hat tricks in 2011 -  others have come from Dave Brown (4g at Presbyterian, 3g vs. Binghamton) Rob Grimm (UNC, Hartford), Scott Hopmann (Presbyterian), Joe Lustgarten (Hartford)  and Jamie Kimbles (Albany).

WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Dave Brown posted a six-point game (1 goal, 5 assists) at Albany on April 16. The five assists in a game was tied for sixth in the nation last season and was UMBC’s top-assist game since Drew Westervelt had six vs. Vermont on April 21, 2007.

TOUGH STANZA: In its seven losses in 2011, UMBC was outscored, 30-9, in the second quarter. UMBC had scored 13 goals in the second quarter in its first eight games before exploding for six in a 6:50 span of the second stanza vs. Binghamton on April 9.

TOUGHER STANZA: UMBC was outscored, 39-17, in the third quarter last season, including 17-6 in five America East games, plus the semifinal contest at Hartford.

GOOD STANZA: In UMBC’s six wins, UMBC has outscored its foes, 19-9, in the fourth quarter. For the season, UMBC has won the fourth period, 36-24, and are a +6 (14-8) in 2011 league play.

REMEMBER THIS ONE?: The Retrievers trailed Quinnpiac, 5-4, after three quarters before rallying to win, 9-7. UMBC’s last win when trailing after three quarters occurred in the 2008 America East title game vs. Albany when the Retrievers were behind 12-9 after 45 minutes.

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Crews Eliminated, Douglas Stays Alive at US Olympic Boxing Trials

Posted on 17 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Associated Press

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. — Flyweight Marlen Esparza, lightweight Queen Underwood and middleweight Claressa Shields advanced to the finals of the U.S. Olympic women’s boxing team trials with victories in the winners’ bracket Thursday night.

Underwood won the most thrilling bout of the landmark tournament, weathering hundreds of punches from 19-year-old N’yteeyah Sherman before pulling out a 25-24 victory with a strong fourth round.

Esparza, a six-time national champion, meticulously stuck to her game plan in a 13-10 win over longtime rival Christina Cruz, while the 16-year-old Shields survived a physical fight from Tika Hemingway for a 23-15 win.

The three winners must win again Saturday in the double-elimination tournament to advance to the world championships in May. If they finish in the top eight in China, they’ll head to London for the first Olympic women’s boxing tournament.

The level of competition clearly rose on the fourth day of the first U.S. women’s trials, with the nation’s best amateur boxers fighting for prime position or to avoid elimination.

“This tournament does take a toll on your body, but I’m experienced, and getting better and better,” said Underwood, the five-time national champion.

Underwood and Sherman were in a brawl from the opening bell, with the 6-foot Sherman throwing wide-angled punches as Underwood replied with more powerful shots. Underwood knocked out Sherman’s mouthpiece in the first round, but Sherman replied with a vicious combination after the break.

Although Sherman is an impressive volume puncher whose major height advantage invites comparison to Paul Williams fighting at 147 pounds, Underwood was stunned only once by a shot near the end of the first round. Underwood blocked many punches and ducked around others while connecting on the inside.

With neither fighter completely certain who was ahead, the bout culminated with relentless action exchanges in the fourth round. Underwood sighed in dismay when her cornermen told her she trailed by a point, but responded with a tenacious round that kept her on track for China.

When the announcer read the verdict, Sherman yanked her wrist away from the referee and shook her head vigorously.

“There’s things I can review and improve for the Saturday competition,” Underwood said. “I’m sure we’ll fight again.”

Sherman, a Barberton, Ohio, boxer and a straight-A student at Kent State, could earn a rematch with Underwood on Friday by beating Mikaela Mayer, who eliminated Tiara Brown with a 23-18 victory.

Shields earned her third straight victory and moved to the brink of an impressive title, but the teenage slugger was left sullen and sulking after the fight, disappointed in the judging and refereeing — and possibly rattled by Hemingway’s physical game plan.

Although she claimed Hemingway hadn’t been inside her head, Shields repeatedly had to be reminded by her coach, Jason Crutchfield, that she had just moved one step away from a trip to China.

“I don’t know what they’re talking about, 23,” Shields said, referring to her score. “I never scored 23 in my life. She gave me a hard fight, (but) I wanted to stop her. … And she kept head-butting me, and the ref didn’t say nothing.”

Shields came out much more cautiously than in her first two fights, when she aggressively tore through two elite opponents. Hemingway cagily tied up the teenager inside and eventually angered Shields, who returned to her usual ferocious game plan in the third round.

The referee had to separate the fighters after the third-round bell, and he cautioned them against trash talk before the fourth.

Hemingway’s next bout is against San Francisco’s Raquel Miller, who eliminated five-time national champion Franchon Crews 26-15 in the final fight of the night.

While Underwood and Shields won emotional fights, Esparza was clinical in her dissection of a longtime rival. Esparza was more aggressive from the opening round, frequently engaging Cruz and then ducking away before Cruz could counterpunch.

Esparza also largely stuck to her plan to keep her left hand up near her head, negating Cruz’s dangerous straight right.

“She throws the same thing over and over, the right hand and the left hook,” Esparza said. “It’s really basic. I think this was the first time she ever threw an uppercut, right now.”

After three rounds in which few of Cruz’s punches landed, the Manhattan native picked up her attack in the fourth round, but Esparza’s impressive conditioning usually kept her out of trouble.

Cruz is still in the tournament, and will have a rematch Friday night with Tyrieshia Douglas, who eliminated Virginia Fuchs 31-19.

“I love that win, and I could win a million times against her and it would never get old, because she’s my only loss,” Esparza said. “You can’t change your past, but it feels good making a statement over and over. That’s always the best for me when I beat her, because she took a lot out of me when she beat me.”

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Former Terp Johnny Rhodes Named ACC Legend

Posted on 09 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Johnny Rhodes Named An ACC Tournament Legend

Former Maryland guard one of 12 players selected to 2012 class

    GREENSBORO, N.C.— Johnny Rhodes, one of the most versatile players in Atlantic Coast Conference history, who helped lead Maryland back to national prominence in the mid-1990’s, has been selected to the 2012 class of ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Legends.

    The 12-man class was announced Tuesday by Commissioner John Swofford and includes a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary basketball team, a National Player of the Year, three former All-Americas, six former All-ACC selections, ten former NBA Draft selections – including six first-round selections – and eight players who combined for 38 years of NBA experience.

    Rhodes, a native of Washington, D.C., is the ACC’s career steals leader and helped Maryland make three NCAA Tournament appearances in his four-year career. He is the only player in ACC history to score over 1,700 points (1,743) with over 700 rebounds (704), 400 assists (437) and 300 steals (344).

    Joining Rhodes in the class are former Wake Forest All-America Randolph Childress (Washington, D.C.), who led the Deacons to the 1995 ACC Championship, and former North Carolina All-America Kenny Smith (Queens, N.Y.), who led the Tar Heels to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and was named the National Player of the Year by Basketball Times in 1987.

    Also in the class are Boston College’s John Bagley (Stratford, Conn.), who was named a third-team (NABC) All-America in 1982; Clemson’s Sharone Wright (Macon, Ga.), a powerful post player for the Tigers who earned All-ACC honors in 1993 and 1994; Duke’s Kenny Dennard (King, N.C.), one of the key cogs of the Blue Devils 1978 Final Four team who helped lead Duke to ACC titles in 1978 and 1980; Florida State’s James Collins (Jacksonville, Fla), a high-scoring wingman who was a three-time All-ACC selection in 1995, 1996 and 1997; Georgia Tech’s Malcolm Mackey (Chattanooga, Tenn.), a powerful post player who helped lead Georgia Tech to ACC Championships in 1990 and 1993.

    Completing this year’s ACC Legends Class are Miami’s Ron Godfrey (Coral Springs, Fla.), an Honorable Mention All-America forward for the Hurricanes in the 1960’s who also served as head coach for four seasons; NC State’s Todd Fuller (Charlotte, N.C.), a prodigious presence in the paint for the Wolfpack who earned All-ACC honors in 1994, 1995, and 1996; Virginia’s Lee Raker (Louisville, Ky.), a versatile forward who helped lead the Cavaliers to the 1981 NCAA Final Four; and Virginia Tech’s Dale Solomon (Annapolis, Md.), a high-scoring forward who helped lead the Hokies to two NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT berth.

   The Legends will be honored at this year’s ACC’s Men’s Basketball Tournament at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., March 8-11. They will be feted at the annual ACC Legends Brunch, which will be held Saturday, March 10, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, and, later that day, will be introduced to the Philips Arena crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game. Ticket information for the ACC Legends Brunch is available on the ACC website at theACC.com.

   Rhodes (1992-96), the ACC’s career leader in steals, started four seasons for coach Gary Williams at Maryland, leading the Terrapins back to national prominence. An extremely versatile guard who played point or wing guard, Rhodes is the only player in ACC history to score over 1,700 points (1,743) with over 700 rebounds (704), 400 assists (437) and 300 steals (344). He helped the Terrapins post a 73-49 overall record during his four seasons in College Park, including three straight (1994, 95, 96) appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He was named to the 1993 ACC All-Freshman team, then earned 3rd-team All-ACC honors as a junior and 2nd-team All-ACC accolades as a senior in 1996. He still holds the ACC career record for steals per game (2.82), and his 110 steals and 3.7 steals per game in 1996 are still league standards. He totaled 704 rebounds in his career, the third-best mark by an ACC backcourtman, trailing only Georgia Tech’s Bruce Dalrymple (744) and Florida State’s Bob Sura (714). A native of Washington, D.C., Rhodes owns his own construction firm, Rhodes Construction, in the D.C. area, and is working towards starting the Johnny Rhodes Foundation.

   Bagley (1979-82), one of the top playmaking guards in Boston College history, played three seasons for the Eagles for Coach Dr. Tom Davis and led BC to a 64-27 record and one NIT and two NCAA tournament appearances. The first Eagle to earn Big East Player of the Year honors (1980-81), Bagley was an explosive scorer who averaged nearly 18 points per game and led BC in scoring in each of his three seasons at the Heights. A two-time All-Big East selection, he averaged 20.4 points per game in leading the Eagles to the 1980-81 Big East regular-season championship and the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. The following year, Bagley upped his production to 21.1 points per game and led BC to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight. He was named to the NCAA all-tournament teams for both the 1981 Mideast Regional and the 1982 Midwest Regional. Bagley left BC after his junior season and was the 12th overall pick in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1982 NBA Draft. He enjoyed an 11-year career in the NBA for the Cavaliers, the New Jersey Nets, the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks. Inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, he currently resides in Stratford, Conn., and is working to reintroduce athletics into the middle school system of his hometown, Bridgeport, Conn.

   Wright (1991-94), a dominating 6-11 presence in the low post for the teams of Coach Cliff Ellis in the early 1990’s, still ranks 5th on the ACC’s career list for blocked shots per game (3.13). An Honorable Mention All-America (AP) in 1994, he was one of 20 nominees for the Naismith Award that year. He led the ACC in blocked shots in 1992 and 1993 and finished 3rd in 1994. He ranked 6th on the Clemson career list for rebounds and 4th in rebounds per game. He still holds the Clemson single-season record for blocked shots (124) and was the only player in the ACC to average in double figures in points and rebounds in both 1994 and 1995. Named a Freshman All-America by Basketball Weekly in 1992, he was named a 3rd-team All-ACC selection in 1993 and 2nd-team honors in 1994. As a member of the U.S. team which participated in the 1993 World Games, he shot 73 percent from the field and averaged 10 points a game in leading the U.S. to the gold medal. He was the first Clemson player to declare early for the NBA Draft and was the 6th overall selection on the first round of the 1994 draft by the Philadelphia 76’ers. He played five seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia and Toronto and was named to the 1994-95 NBA All-Rookie team. His NBA career was cut short by a severe auto accident early in his fifth professional season. Wright currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where he is involved in various basketball coaching projects.

   Dennard (1978-81), a versatile 6-8 forward who was effective inside or outside for the Duke teams of Bill Foster and Mike Krzyzewski of the late 1970’s and early ‘80s, helped lead Duke to the 1978 NCAA Final Four and two ACC Championships in 1978 and 1980. Dennard helped the Blue Devils compile a 90-37 record in his four seasons in Durham, including three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT berth. He was named to the 1978 ACC All-Tournament second team in his freshman season. Dennard played three seasons for Bill Foster (1978-80) and one for Mike Krzyzewski and was named team captain in his senior season. Drafted in the 4th round of the 1981 NBA Draft by Kansas City, he played three seasons in the NBA for Kansas City (1982-83) and Denver (1984). He finished his career shooting 51.3 percent from the field and is one of seven Duke players who have totaled over 1,000 points (1,057), 650 rebounds (671) and 200 assists (232) in his career. A native of King, N.C., Dennard is the managing partner at Dennard, Rupp, Gray and Lascar, an investor relations firm based in Houston, Texas. He will be a 30-year cancer survivor this coming September and has served on the Coaches vs. Cancer National Council since 1996. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Nadine, for 27 years and they have a son, Mason (17).

    Collins (1993-97), a high-scoring wing guard for the Florida State teams of Pat Kennedy, was a three-time All-ACC honoree. Collins was named 3rd-team All-ACC in 1995 and 1996 and garnered 2nd-team honors as a senior in 1997. That year he led Florida State to a 20-12 record and to the finals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) where they lost to Michigan. He completed his career as the third leading scorer in school history with 1,793 points. He also still ranks in the FSU all-time Top 10 for field goals (645), field goal attempts, three-point field goals made (255) and three-point field goals attempted (686) and made 37.1 percent of his shots from three-point range. Collins was drafted as the 36th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2nd round of the 1997 NBA Draft. He played one season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers (1998) and spent one year (1999) in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) before playing professionally nine seasons in Europe. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., he currently is the head basketball coach at his high school alma mater, Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville.

   Mackey (1990-93), Georgia Tech’s all-time leading rebounder who was a low post force for the Jackets both offensively and defensively, helped lead the Tech to a four-year record of 87-43 which included four NCAA Tournament appearances. Mackey completed his career with 1,205 rebounds, a total which ranks 11th-best in ACC history. He also had 199 career blocked shots, which ranks 26th on the ACC career list.  Mackey was named 2nd-team All-ACC in 1993 and 3rd-team All-ACC  in 1992. An Honorable Mention All-America in 1993 by United Press International, he was also a 2nd-team All-District in 1993 by the NABC. Mackey remains Tech’s career leader in rebounds (1,205), games played (130) and games started (127). He was named to the ACC All-Tournament teams in 1990 (3rd team) and 1992 (2nd team). He is the only Tech player to start for two ACC championship teams (1990,1993). The 27th overall pick in the first-round of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, he played one season in the NBA and 11 seasons professionally in the CBA, Europe, China and Puerto Rico. A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., he currently is the Internet Sales Manager at Hennessey GMC Buick and is also serving as a landlord for several properties in McDonough, Ga.

   Godfrey (1958-61), one of the finest forwards to play at Miami, was an honorable mention All-America as a senior in 1961. He finished his career ranked in the Top Ten in seven career categories in the Miami record book including 7th in points (1,384), 7th in field goals made (518), 6th in free throws made (384) and 7th in rebounds (767). Godfrey’s totals of 159 free throws made and 207 free throws attempted in 1960 still rank 5th and 6th in the Hurricane career lists. His total of 22 made free throws against Oklahoma City in 1960 is still tied with Rick Barry for the most made in a game by a Miami player. For his career, he averaged 17.5 points a game. Playing alongside former Miami All-America Dick Hickox, Godfrey helped lead the Hurricanes to their first-ever NCAA tournament bid in 1960 as the Canes finished with a sparkling 23-4 record. In his senior year, Godfrey led Miami to a 20-7 mark and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. In his three varsity seasons, Godfrey helped the Hurricanes to a 61-18 record. As a coach, he guided Miami for four seasons, leading the Hurricanes to championships in the 1967 Hurricane Classic and the 1968 Marshall Tournament and was inducted into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. A native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, he now resides in Coral Springs, Fla.

   Smith (1983-87), one of the top point guards in North Carolina basketball history, Smith ended his career second in ACC history only to Wake Forest’s Muggsy Bogues in career assists with 768, averaging 6.1 per for each of his 127 career games. His assist total still ranks ninth on the ACC’s career list.  Coached by the legendary Dean Smith, he helped lead North Carolina to a 115-19 record during his four varsity seasons. Smith also helped North Carolina to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Elite Eight in both 1985 and 1987. He was named the National Player of the Year by Basketball Times in 1987 and also earned consensus first-team All-America honors that year. He was a 2nd-team All-ACC honoree in 1985 and 1986 and earned first-team honors as a senior in 1987. The 6th pick in the first round of the 1987 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, he played 11 seasons in the NBA for Sacramento, Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Orlando and Denver. A member of the 1988 NBA All-Rookie team while with Sacramento, he was a part of two NBA Championship squads (1994, 1995) while with the Houston Rockets. He scored 9,397 points (12.9 avg.), grabbed 1,424 rebounds (2.0 avg.) and passed out 4,073 assists (5.5 avg.) during his NBA career. In 1998, he joined Turner Sports and has since served as a basketball TV analyst for Turner Sports, NBA TV and CBS-TV for the NBA and for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. A native of Queens, N.Y. who attended Archbishop Molloy High School, he now resides in Atlanta, Ga.

   Fuller (1992-96), a strong low-post presence for the NC State teams of coach Les Robinson in the mid-1990s, led the ACC in scoring as a senior in 1996, averaging 20.9 points per game. The 6-11 center finished 4th in the ACC in rebounding in 1995 and 5th in 1996. He earned first-team All-ACC honors in as a senior in 1996 and was a third team choice as a sophomore (1994) and a second-team selection as a junior (1995). Also an excellent student, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from NC State in 1996 in Applied Mathematics. He was named to the All-ACC Academic team in each of his four seasons and he was a two-time first-team Academic All-America, earning that honor in 1995 and 1996. He declined to accept the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in order to play professional basketball. He was the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and went on to play five seasons in the NBA with Golden State, Utah, Charlotte and Miami. He also played professionally six seasons in Spain, Poland, Greece and Australia. He sponsors an annual mathematics competition for Raleigh, N.C., area high school students through NC State, called the “Todd Fuller Math Competition.” He also has a scholarship fund arranged through the NC State Physical and Mathematical Sciences college. In 2007, the Wolfpack honored him by hanging his jersey, number 52, from the roof of the RBC Center.

   Raker (1977-81) combined with high school teammate Jeff Lamp and Virginia All-America Ralph Sampson to lead Virginia to two of the most successful seasons in school history in 1980 and 1981 for coach Terry Holland. An excellent shooter, defender and passer, Raker helped lead the Cavaliers to a 24-10 record which included the championship of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 1980. UVa followed that up with a 29-4 record in 1981, including a 13-1 mark in the ACC and first place during the regular season. UVa advanced to the NCAA Final Four, garnering 3rd-place national honors with a win over LSU in the consolation game. At one point, Raker helped the Cavaliers win eight consecutive post-season games, still a school record. Virginia finished the 1981 campaign ranked 5th in the final AP poll and 3rd in UPI. During his four collegiate seasons,  Raker helped lead Virginia to a 92-32 overall record, averaging in double figures in scoring each year, and shooting 50.3 percent from the field for his collegiate career. He completed his career with 1,423 points, which still ranks 20th on Virginia’s career scoring list. He also led the 1979 squad in field goal percentage and was named a 2nd-team All-ACC selection that year. An excellent student, Raker was twice named to the All-ACC Academic Basketball squad (1980, 1981) and earned first-team Academic All-America honors in 1981. He was selected in the 4th round of the 1981 NBA Draft by San Diego. A native of Louisville, Ky., he is now the Head of Investor Relations with Camber Capital Management LLC and lives in the Boston, Mass. area.

   Solomon (1978-82), one of the best basketball players in Virginia Tech history, was a 6-9 center-forward who combined power with a soft shooting touch. He helped the Tech teams of Charlie Moir to a four-year record of 78-41 which included two NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT berth. Solomon led Tech in scoring in each of his four  seasons and ended his career with 2,136 points which still ranks 4th on the Hokies’ career scoring list. Solomon’s career scoring average (18.4) is Tech’s 9th best. His career field goal percentage of .567 is the second best in Tech history and his 856 career rebounds rank 7th. He was named to the first-team All-Metro Conference in each of his four seasons. Solomon was named the Metro Conference Tournament MVP and Freshman of the Year in 1979, leading the Hokies to the Metro Conference championship. Solomon was selected in the 3rd round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers but did not play in the NBA. He did play professionally in Italy for 12 seasons. A native of Annapolis, Md., Solomon is currently living in his hometown.

   Childress (1991-95) turned in one of the spectacular performances in the history of the ACC Tournament in his senior season, as the sharpshooting guard led Wake Forest to the 1995 ACC Championship by averaging 35.7 points and 7 assists per game in the Tournament’s three contests. That year, Childress, playing for coach Dave Odom, saved his best for last, scoring 37 points and passing out 7 assists. In that title game, he connected on the game-winning jump shot with only four seconds remaining in overtime as Wake defeated North Carolina, 82-80. For his efforts, he was named the winner of the Everett Case Award as the 1995 Tournament’s MVP. He also was named the winner of the McKevlin Award as the ACC’s Overall Athlete of the Year for the 1994-95 school year. A second-team All-America selection in 1995, he was named first-team All-ACC in 1994 and 1995 and 2nd-team All-ACC in 1993. He scored 2,208 points during his career, which still ranks 18th on the ACC ‘s career scoring list, and he made 329 three-point field goals, the 5th-highest total in ACC history. He helped lead the Demon Deacons to a four-year record of 85-39 which included four appearances in the NCAA Tournament and two trips to the NCAA Sweet 16. He was twice named to the ACC All-Tournament team in 1994 and 1995. Childress ranked 3rd in scoring in the ACC in 1993 and 1994 and finished 2nd in 1994. Selected as the 19th overall choice of the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft, he played two seasons in the NBA with Detroit and Portland. He then played 14 professional seasons in Turkey, France, Italy and Australia. In 2002, he was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Basketball Team as one of its Top 50 basketball players. A native of Washington, D.C., he recently returned to Winston-Salem to serve as an Assistant to the Athletic Director of Wake Forest.

LEGENDS BRUNCH

   The Legends will be honored at this year’s ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Atlanta at the annual ACC Basketball Legends Brunch, which will be held on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Hosted by television personalities Tim Brant and Mike Hogewood, tickets for the ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Brunch are priced at $35 each and tables of ten are available for $350 each. Information on purchasing tickets may be obtained at the official ACC website—www.theACC.com/ACCtournament.

   2012 ACC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT LEGENDS ROSTER

   Name School Years Position Hometown (Current Hometown)

   John Bagley   Boston College 1979-82 Guard Bridgeport, Conn. (Stratford, Conn.)

   Sharone Wright Clemson 1991-94 Center Macon, Ga.  (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)

   Kenny Dennard Duke 1977-81 Forward King, N.C. (Houston, Texas)

   James Collins Florida State 1993-97 Guard Jacksonville, Fla.. (same) 

   Malcolm Mackey Georgia Tech 1989-93 Forward/Ctr. Chattanooga, Tenn. (McDonough, Ga.)

   Johnny Rhodes Maryland 1992-96 Guard Washington, D.C. (same )

   Ron Godfrey Miami 1958-61 Guard Martins Ferry, Ohio (Coral Springs, Fla.)

   Kenny Smith North Carolina 1983-87 Guard Queens, N.Y. (Atlanta, Ga.)

   Todd Fuller NC State 1992-96 Center Charlotte, N.C.. (same)

   Lee Raker Virginia 1977-81 Forward Louisville, Ky. (Boston, Mass.)

   Dale Solomon Virginia Tech 1978-82 Forward Annapolis, Md. (same)

   Randolph Childress Wake Forest 1991-95 Guard Washington, D.C. (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

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Another Chapter of Baltimore’s Best Rivalry as Morgan Hosts Coppin Saturday

Posted on 03 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 20
Saturday, February 4, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (5-14, 3-5 MEAC) vs. Coppin State Eagles (11-11, 3-4 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 106-77/6th
Career Record: 141-139  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

GAME TIME
• Morgan State will face the Coppin State Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 4 in a cross-town matchup set to tip at 4 p.m. MSU will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak when the Eagles come to Hill Field House.

BEAR BITS
Six of the last 12 games in the Morgan State vs. Coppin State series have been decided by 10 points or less.

DeWayne Jackson scored a game-high 24 points (7-12 FG) and Aric Brooks matched his career-high by scoring 18 points, but Hampton’s Christopher Tolson hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute to help seal a 68-63 win Monday night in an ESPNU televised matchup.

Morgan State will enter Saturday night’s contest having lost two straight, including three of its last four games.

• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.

Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 13 of 19 games, and has posted five double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season .. he currently has 1,400 career points and needs to record two more points to move in front of Troy Brown (1,401 pts) as the No. 9 leading scorer in school history.

Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 50 straight games.

Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 13.2 ppg and 3.5 rpg, including a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14th.

Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.

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

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

HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-11 (.807) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a loss against N.C. A&T on Jan. 21.

A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 4-4 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 107th victory as MSU’s head coach.

•   Give the Bears its fourth home victory of the season.

CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,048 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.

THE SERIES VS. THE EAGLES
•   Saturday’s game will be the 72nd meeting between Morgan State and Coppin State. The Eagles lead the series 50-21 since 1975, including an 11-game winning streak against the Bears from 1989 to 1994.

•   The Bears have won six of the last seven meetings against the Eagles, with the one loss against Coppin State during last year’s season finale.

•  The last time MSU defeated Coppin State at the Hill Field House was Jan. 11, 2011. DeWayne Jackson scored 21 points and Kevin Thompson added 19 points to help knock off Hampton 78-72.Jackson, ranked among the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s leading scorers (16.7 points per game) was 5-of-17 from the field and converted 11-of-12 free throws.

•  Last time vs. CSU — Jordan Lee scored a game-high 19 points in 23 minutes to help lead Coppin State to a 73-60 win against in the regular-season finale in the Physical Education Complex. With the win the Eagles not only snapped a 6-game losing streak to the Bears, but they went into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed

NOTE ON THE EAGLES
•  Coppin State has won two  of its last three games, and three of its last four … the one loss was a 93-92 overtime home loss against North Carolina A&T on Jan. 23rd in Baltimore.

•  Senior guard Tony Gallo continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. Gallo (5-11) ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in scoring by averaging 16.6 points and is shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from 3-point territory. The Lynn, Mass. native is also averaging 2.8 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists (Ranked No. 6).

•  Coppin State is among the league leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (.369), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.691), and is currently ranked No. 2  in scoring offense (72.8 ppg).

•  Coppin State has the top two 3-point shooters in the league. Senior Michael Harper (6-4) leads the MEAC in 3-point percentage (.441) and senior power forward Logan Wiens (6-8) ranks No. 2 (.431).

LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will face Beltway rival Howard at Hill Field House on Monday, February 6. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Morgan Wraps Up Tidewater Trip Monday Night at Hampton

Posted on 30 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 19
Monday, January 30, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (5-13, 3-4 MEAC) vs. Hampton Pirates (7-13, 3-4 MEAC)
Hampton, Va. – HU Convocation Center
Television: ESPNU

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 106-76/6th
Career Record: 141-138  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

GAME TIME
• Morgant State will face the Hampton Pirates on Monday, Jan. 30 in an ESPNU televised contest set to tip at 7 p.m. MSU will look to bounce back from a disappointing 76-59 loss at Norfolk State and will attempt to sweep the series against Hampton, before heading back for a five-game homestand.

BEAR BITS
MSU will look to improve upon a 2-8 road records … the eight losses were by an average of 15 points per game. The last road victory posted by the Bears was on Jan. 7th at South Carolina State.

Kyle O’Quinn scored 18 points and posted 12 rebounds to lead the Spartans to an impressive 76-59 victory against Morgan State before a packed crowd Saturday night at Echols Hall. Kevin Thompson led the Bears with 13 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double effort of the season.

Morgan State played the Norfolk State and Hampton games without coach Todd Bozeman, who was on administrative leave. Kevin McClain led the Bears as interim coach.

• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.

Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 13 of 18 games, and has posted five double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.

Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 49 straight games.

Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 12.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg, including a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14th.

Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.

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

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

HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-11 (.807) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a loss against N.C. A&T on Jan. 21.

A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 4-4 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 107th victory as MSU’s head coach.

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

•   Give the Bears its fifth consecutive regular season victory against Hampton.

BROOKS’ STREAK AT THE STRIPE IMPROVES TO 25
•   Senior guard Aric Brooks had his string of 25 consecutive free throws snapped Saturday at NorfolkState where he finished the game by going 8 of 10 from the free throw line.
•   The Baltimore product needed to hit four more consecutive free throws in order to best the previous school record, held by former Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes. Holmes hit 28 straight shots from the charity stripe during the 2009-10 season.
•   Brooks has gone 26-of-29 since the Norfolk State game and ranks No. 5 in the MEAC (.796FT).

CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,048 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.

THE SERIES VS. THE PIRATES
•  Monday’s game will be the 32nd meeting between Morgan State and Hampton The Pirates hold a 20-11 all-time record against the Bears.

•  The Bears have won four of the last five meetings against the Pirates, with the one loss against Hampton at last year’s MEAC championship game.

•  The last time MSU defeated Hampton at the HU Convocation Center was Jan. 11, 2010. The Bears finished with four players scoring in double- figures, led by Reggie Holmes who paced the Bears with 16 points to defeat Hampton 73-63. Kevin Thompson and Troy Smith scored 11 points apiece, while DeWayne Jackson added 10 points and seven boards.

NOTE ON THE PIRATES
•  HU’s last win against Morgan State — Hampton got some timely baskets from Darrion Pellum to help the Pirates beat the Bears 60-55 in the MEAC Tournament Championship game at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Darrion Pellum was named to the Most Valuable Player of the tournament

•  Hampton has lost five of its last six games, including a loss on Saturday against Coppin State.

•  Senior All-MEAC guard Darrion Pellum continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. The senior leads the MEAC in scoring by averaging 18.6 points and is shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from 3-point territory. The Hampton, Va. native is also averaging 3.9 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists.

•  > Hampton is currently ranked No. 8 in the MEAC averaging 38.6 rebounds per game, and rank No. 4 in the league in offensive rebounds (36.2/g).

LARRY BASTFIELD’S BIG NIGHT
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield scored a career-high 20 points against the N.C. Central, and calling that unlikely would be an understatement. This season, only three other Bears have scored more than 20 points in a game.

LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will return home to take on cross-town rival Coppin State in a conference matchup on Saturday, February 4. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

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Morgan Visits First Place Norfolk State Saturday

Posted on 28 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 18
Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 6:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (5-12, 3-3 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (15-6, 7-0 MEAC)
Norfolk, Va. – Echols Hall
Radio: N/A
LIVE AUDIO at www.nsuspartans.com (Click “LIve Audio” link under Inside Athletics tab)
LIVE STATS at www.nsuspartans.com

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 106-75/6th
Career Record: 141-137
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

2011 MSU SCHEDULE & RESULTS

OFFICIAL NSU WEBSITE

GAME TIME
• Morgan State will prepare for a trip to the Tidewater to face the Norfolk State Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6:00 p.m. (ET), before playing against Hampton Pirates on Monday, Jan. 30 in an ESPNU televised contest set to tip at 7 p.m. MSU will look to avenge a 90-89 2OT loss to Norfolk State and will attempt to sweep the series against Hampton, before heading back to Baltimore for a five-game homestand.

BEAR BITS
• MSU will look to improve upon a 2-7 road records … the seven losses were by an average of 15 points per game.

• 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’ 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.

• Morgan State played the NSU and Hampton games without coach Todd Bozeman, who was on administrative leave. Kevin McClain led the Bears as interim coach.

• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.

• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 11 of 17 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.

• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 48 straight games.

• Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 13.0 ppg and 3.4 rpg. Jackson is averaging 18 points over the last five games, including a game-high 33 against Norfolk State.

• Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks so far this season.

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

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

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

A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 4-3 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 107th victory as MSU’s head coach.

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

•   Give the Bears its 12th victory against Norfolk State since the 1959-69 season.

LARRY BASTFIELD’S BIG NIGHT
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield scored a career-high 20 points against the N.C. Central, and calling that unlikely would be an understatement. This season, only three other Bears have scored more than 20 points in a game.

CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
•  Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,042 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.

BROOKS’ STREAK AT THE STRIPE IMPROVES TO 17
Senior guard Aric Brooks did what he does best on Monday night when he hit his 17th consecutive free-throw since the Bears’ Jan. 14. double-overtime thriller against Norfolk State. The Baltimore product needs to hit 12 more consecutive free throws in order to best the previous school record, held by former Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes. Holmes hit 28 straight shots from the charity stripe during the 2009-10 season. Brooks has gone 18-of-19 since the Norfolk State game and ranks No. 5 in the MEAC (.795 FT).

JACKSON RETURNS TO THEFTY WAYS
Nearly all of DeWayne Jackson’s numbers improved this season from last season, with one notable: Steals. Through his first 17 games, Jackson is averaging 1.6 steals per game, up from 1.4 during the 2010-11. He has recorded 101 thefts in his career.

NOTE ON THE SPARTANS
•  The Spartans hold a 29-11 all-time record against MSU since the series began during the 1959-60 season.

•  NSU swept the series last year by defeating the Bears 76-74 during an ESPU televised game at Hill Field House, and on the road (69-63) at Echols Hall.

•  The last time MSU defeated Norfolk State at Echols Hall was Jan. 31, 2010. The Bears trailed 90-89 with 2:35 left in the extra period, before scoring eight straight. Dewayne Jackson’s dunk gave MSU a 97-90 lead with 24 seconds left. Reggie Holmes scored 19 points, including traditional 3-point play in overtime that gave MSU the lead for good, and the Bears outlasted NSU 100-94.

•  Norfolk State has won eight of its last nine, and sit in control of the conference with a 7-0 record.

•  Kyle O’Quinn has averaged 24 ppg during his last three outings against the Bears, including a 25 point effort during the Spartans double overtime victory at Hill Field House this season.

LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will face Hampton in an ESPNU matchup on Monday, January 30th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Morgan Hosts NC Central Monday Night

Posted on 23 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL

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

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

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Morgan Hosts MEAC Foe NC A&T Saturday

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Staff

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

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