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New Orioles outfielder Snider not concerned with filling Markakis’ shoes

Posted on 24 February 2015 by Luke Jones

SARASOTA, Fla. — New Orioles outfielder Travis Snider may be the leading candidate to replace veteran Nick Markakis in right field, but he isn’t taking anything for granted this spring.

Playing parts of seven seasons without ever recording as many as 360 plate appearances in a single campaign, the 27-year-old can’t dwell on the opportunity presented to him in Baltimore after the free-agent departures of Markakis and slugger Nelson Cruz. Call it a force of habit for a former first-round pick who’s seen more disappointment than success in his major league career with numerous minor-league demotions and nagging injuries.

“I don’t worry about what happened last year and who you guys say I’m replacing,” Snider said in an interview with WNST.net. “I came here to play when they tell me to play and where they tell me to play. For me, the focus remains on the day to day of getting better and when they put my name in the lineup, I’ll be ready.”

Fair or not, the pressure is on Snider to perform as he represents the Orioles’ most significant addition of the offseason. The beginning of his career doesn’t remotely stack up to Markakis’ nine-year run in Baltimore, but executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette hopes Snider’s .776 on-base plus slugging percentage in 2014 — Markakis’ was .729 — is a sign of a once-heralded prospect finally figuring it out at the major league level.

Snider’s numbers spiked in the second half of 2014 as he hit .288 with nine home runs, 24 runs batted in, and an .880 OPS to help lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a wild-card berth. The numbers reflected the kind of prospect Snider once was in posting a .968 OPS in 835 plate appearances at the Triple-A level.

Even if his offense remains a question as a .246 lifetime hitter according to William Hill Sports, the Orioles already like what they’ve seen from Snider defensively as he will potentially replace a two-time Gold Glove winner in right field. The left-handed thrower was viewed as a good defender in Pittsburgh and was frequently used as a defensive replacement when not in the starting lineup.

“I don’t care who you are, you always have these preconceived ideas and visual and then you actually see it,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I watched Travis Snider run two balls down in right field during [batting practice]. You take something out of everything.”

After five disappointing years with Toronto in which he could never live up to his potential as the 14th overall pick of the 2006 draft, Snider was traded to Pittsburgh midway through the 2012 season. His improvement at the plate hardly came overnight — the left-handed hitter batted just .215 in 2013 — but he credits the winning culture in Pittsburgh over the last two years for changing his mindset, which led to his own improvement in 2014.

After being acquired in exchange for minor-league pitchers Stephen Tarpley and Steven Vault, Snider believes playing for a club that has advanced to the postseason in two of the last three years and is coming off its first division title in 17 years is the perfect environment to pick up where he left off in his final year with the Pirates.

“I’ve been able to take some steps forward in my career and the way I approach each day by remaining focused on each day and not worrying about stat lines or box scores and those types of things,” Snider said. “As a young player, I got caught up worrying too much about myself. Being part of a winning culture, it made it easy to buy in and knowing that you’re playing for each other and the pressure is taken off of your personal accolades and put onto the team and what you have to do each night to get the win. It makes baseball a whole lot more fun when you play that way.”

With Snider and the impending signing of infielder Everth Cabrera the only notable position players added to the mix this winter, the Orioles will likely need a breakout performance from an unheralded name similar to what they received from Steve Pearce a year ago to give themselves the best chance to make it back to the postseason. A former Pirate himself, Pearce rose from anonymity at age 31 last year to hit 21 home runs and post a .930 OPS and is now being counted on to fill a regular role this season.

It’s the perfect example to which a player like Snider can aspire after years of failing to live up to expectations as one of the best prospects in the game.

“Steve Pearce was one of the best stories in baseball last year, and that was one of the first things that I told him,” Snider said. “Understanding that this game and this business doesn’t always go the way that we plan, the guys that are able to overcome that adversity and make the most of those opportunities [succeed]. It was a lot of fun for me to watch him do what he did last year.

“We all get humbled at some point in this game. Opportunities come and opportunities go, but understanding where that focus remains and to see guys go out there and do what he did last year, that’s pretty cool.”

The opportunity will be there for Snider this season, but it will be up to him to take advantage.


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Tuesday night’s Orioles-Pirates game postponed due to rain

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — On the night Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was poised to make his return from the disabled list, Mother Nature had other ideas as Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed due to rain.

The game is currently scheduled to be made up Thursday at 7:05 p.m., but Wednesday’s forecast looked even worse as rain continued to hit the Baltimore area. With the teams sharing a common off-day on Thursday, the possibility exists that a day-night doubleheader will be required to play the two-game interleague series.

Weather permitting, starting pitcher Chris Tillman is now scheduled to take the hill on Wednesday night with Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton opposing him.

For fans holding tickets for Tuesday night’s game, no exchange is required as they can be used for Thursday’s game. The Orioles provided the following additional information regarding Tuesday’s postponement:

Eutaw Street gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, with remaining ballpark gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Ballpark parking lots open at 3:30 p.m. and prepaid parking permits dated for April 29 are valid for Thursday’s game.

Fans unable to attend the May 1 makeup game can exchange their April 29 tickets for any remaining home game this season on a “dollar-for-dollar” basis. All exchanges are subject to availability and must be completed by June 30. Complimentary tickets are non-exchangeable. StubHub tickets are also non-exchangeable, but may be resold on StubHub up until 7:05 p.m. on May 1. All tickets are valid for the makeup game.

Ticket exchanges can be performed at the Box Office or submitted in writing along with the original tickets and mailed via certified mail by June 30, 2014 to:

Baltimore Orioles
Attention: April 29 Rainout
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Towson tops East Tennessee State, advances to CIT quarters

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff


Tigers Advance to Quarterfinals of CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Sophomore Four McGlynn made a career-high tying six three-pointers and tallied a season-high 23 points to lead the Towson men’s basketball team past East Tennessee State, 83-77, in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Friday night.

Towson (25-10) has won 25 games for just the third time in school history and will advance to play in the quarterfinals of the CIT next week. The game date, time and opponent will be announced at a later date.

McGlynn shot 6-for-7 from the field, all three-pointers, and made five of six from the free throw line. He’s scored 20 or more points in two of his last four games and was just one point shy of tying his career high in scoring.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon scored 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out a game-high six assists. He was joined in double figures by classmates Mike Burwell (13) and Rafriel Guthrie (12).

Towson shot 50.9 percent from the field and made eight of 15 from beyond the arc. The Tigers improved to 9-2 on the year when shooting 50% or better.

East Tennessee State (19-16) started the game hot, making 8 of its first 14 shots to go up 18-6 at the 14:34 mark. Trailing 22-11, Towson roared back by scoring 13 straight points during a 19-3 run that put the Tigers up 30-25 with 6:46 remaining in the first half.

After trailing by as many as 12 in the first half, a Marcus Damas steal and layup at the buzzer gave Towson a 40-34 lead at the intermission. The Tigers ended the period on a 29-12 run with McGlynn hitting three of his six three’s during the spurt.

A Damas jumper early in the second half gave Towson its first double-figure lead of the game at 48-38. After the Bucs cut the Tiger advantage to 49-45, Towson scored 16 of the next 21 points to go up by 15, TU’s largest lead of the game. McGlynn hit a pair of three-pointers during the run, including one to cap the spurt and give the Tigers a 65-50 lead midway through the second half.

Towson struggled from the free throw line late to allow East Tennessee State to get to within 77-72 with 42 seconds remaining. However, McGlynn and Damas combined to go 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to clinch the Tigers second straight postseason win.

Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera recorded seven points, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and swatted a career-high five shots. As a team, Towson blocked 10 shots, its second most of the season. Freshman John Davis had four point and eight rebounds in just 12 minutes of action.

Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com for information on the CIT and Towson’s quarterfinal opponent.

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Towson continues CIT play Friday at East Tennessee State

Posted on 20 March 2014 by WNST Staff

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The Towson men’s basketball team will play at East Tennessee State University on Friday at 7 p.m. in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The game can be heard on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis calling the action. Fans can also sign up to watch this game and all of the remaining CIT games for free by clicking here.

Towson (24-10) is coming off a thrilling 63-60 win at USC Upstate on Wednesday night. With the game tied 60-60 and 1.6 seconds remaining, senior Jerrelle Benimon found sophomore Four McGlynn who took one dribble and drained a half court shot to give the Tigers their first ever postseason win.

Towson will look to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIT on Friday as the Tigers will meet the ETSU Bucs for the first time on the hardwood.

East Tennessee State (19-15) topped Chattanooga, 79-66, on Tuesday to advance. The Bucs and the Tigers share two common opponents. Towson defeated USC Upstate but lost on the road against Stephen F. Austin. The Bucs won at home against Stephen F. Austin, but fell twice to conference foe USC Upstate.

Junior guard Rashawn Rembert paces ETSU by averaging 16.8 points per game. Freshman A.J. Merriweather leads the Bucs on the boards by grabbing 6.4 rebounds per game.

The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the Elite 8 of the CIT. That round will be played from March 25-27 at campus sites.

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Morgan welcomes Hampton Monday for nationally televised contest

Posted on 02 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Opponent: Hampton Pirates (11-10, 6-2 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7 p.m. EST
Television: ESPNU
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (135-112 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.DSUHornets.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State looks to remain in the race for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season crown as it welcomes Hampton to Hill Field House. While the game is not for first place, the winner will have a leg up on the competition. This will be the second meeting of the regular season between the Bears and Pirates. Tip-off is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. The game will be an ‘Orange Out’ as MSU fans are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing orange to the contest.

The Pirates welcomed back eight veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 14-17 overall record, and finished third place in the MEAC with an 11-5 record. Du’Vaughn Maxwell (14.8 ppg) and Deron Powers (11.0 ppg) lead the Pirates in scoring. Du’Vaughn also controls the boards for the Pirates by averaging 6.7 rpg to go along with 65 blocks (3.3) on the season. Edward “Buck” Joyner, Jr. enters his fifth season as the Pirates’ head coach where he currently holds a 75-75 record. The Hampton University men’s basketball team needed five more minutes than expected, but still remained unbeaten on the road in MEAC play with a 79-76 overtime win over Coppin State Saturday evening at the Physical Education Complex. Jervon Pressley led four Pirates in double figures with a season-high 16 points to help the Pirates extend to a 3-game winning streak.

Todd Bozeman has won at least 10 home games in three of his six seasons in Baltimore. The 2007-08 (12-1) and 2009-10 (11-1) squads finished with just a single loss, while the 2010-11 squad went 10-2. Bozeman has led the Bears to a 63-23 (.732) overall home record at  Hill Field House.


Thru 19 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.4 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.2 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 10.9 points and leads the squad averaging 6.5 rebounds on the boards.


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 1,150 career points.


Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through seven conference games, MSU is averaging 74.3 points per game, ranking second in the MEAC, including 13.4 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint against Hampton (1/20).


Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game – Justin Black (2.2 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.7 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 4 in the MEAC by averaging 7.3 steals per game.


Ian Chiles, Cedric Blossom and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 19 games Chiles is shooting 55.4 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 54.5 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 51.0 pct from the floor (Ranks No. 9). The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 4 in field goal percentage (.419).


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. 4 in the MEAC averaging 2.7 rejections per contest (52) and now has 151 career blocks.


In the first seven conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 310 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 232 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Delaware State, the trio accounted for 45 of the Bears’ 77 points with Ian Chiles leading the way with 24. The trio has totaled 844 of the team’s 1,217 points, 69 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Coppin continues MEAC play Saturday against Hampton

Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Michael Murray has rung up some impressive statistics during his time as a member of the Coppin State University men’s basketball team.

The Coppin State senior forward has earned plenty of accolades during his marvelous career such as being named Mid-Eastern Athletic Player of the Week earlier this season, leading the conference in rebounding last year and being selected to all-MEAC preseason team.

However, while all of those awards, points and rebounds are nice, Murray, who currently leads the Eagles in scoring (15.0 points per game) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.), is most proud of one number, in particular: 3.916. That’s his grade point average, which fills Murray with pride and keeps a smile on his face. Murray is one of Coppin State’s best and brightest student-athletes.

He’s a gentleman off the court and a monster on it.

“I’ve always been academics first because I was told when I was younger that academics can take you further in life,” Murray said. “I’ve gotten progressively better in basketball as I’ve gotten older and I know there could some opportunities in the future, but academics have always been at the forefront of everything for me. I come from a family that doesn’t take any stuff when it comes to academics. Everybody in my family strives to be the best at what they do, but it all starts in the classroom and that’s something that’s always stuck with me.”

Fans will be able to see Murray and the Eagles at home pretty frequently during the month of February beginning tomorrow afternoon against Hampton University in a key MEAC clash beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Physical Education Complex.

Coppin State will leave the state of Maryland once between now and the time the MEAC tournament commences next month. The Eagles play six of their final nine games at home. Two of the three remaining road contests are at Maryland-Eastern Shore and Morgan State. That’s a good thing for the Eagles, who travelled over 14,000 miles in the first two months of the season.

The Eagles (7-13 overall, 4-3 MEAC) are currently in sixth place in the conference. They know with a strong weekend especially coming off a 70-54 road win at North Carolina A&T in their last outing, the Eagles could generate some momentum. Something not lost on Murray.

“It’s a great opportunity for us right now,” Murray said. “We are a game and a half from being in the top of the conference. These games are very important for us. We need to play consistently on defense to put together a nice run. We’re capable of it. If we’re all in tune defensively, then I believe we’ll be alright. I know I came into the North Carolina A&T game with a defensive mindset and trying to help us win the rebounding battle.”

A Brooklyn, New York native, Murray has endured some bumps on the basketball court this season. He missed the first two weeks of the season with a fractured hand. When he returned to the line-up against Michigan and Gonzaga, Murray wasn’t in shape to battle the top-20 powers. Then because of his incredible versatility, the 6 foot, 5 inch Murray has been playing different positions during various games depending on the match-ups. There are times when Murray has played small forward, which is natural position, and then there are other times, where he’s been forced to play bigger and stronger players in the post as a power forward.

Yet, through it all, Murray hasn’t complained and continued to shine. If men’s basketball coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell asked Murray to get water, deliver statistics to media members during timeouts and mop the floor, Murray would do it without hesitation especially if it helps the Eagles earn another victory.

“The season has been up and down for me personally,” Murray said. “I just want to become more consistent. I’ve played the 3 and 4 this year. Sometimes when I’ve played the 3, I’ve been able to attack more than when I am playing four. I am learning to pick my spots and as long as we win then I am happy. I want to win at the end of the day, so I’ll do what’s necessary to win.”

Even with playing all over the court, Murray has enjoyed some sterling moments this season. He scored a career-high 28 points to help the Eagles beat Delaware State, 71-52, on Dec. 7. Four days later in a 91-71 victory over UMBC, Murray scored 21 points. He notched his first double-double (20 points, 14 rebounds) of the season in a 75-69 win over South Carolina State. For the season, Murray has scored in double figures 11 times and scored 20 or more points five times.

An example of Murray’s team-first attitude occurred two weeks in the first meeting against Hampton, a 71-68 CSU win. Murray finished with three rebounds and nine points. He didn’t care. Murray was super excited about the win although you probably wouldn’t have known from his facial reaction since he describes himself as a “chill individual.” Overall, Murray is having a blast this season for the Eagles despite the adversity he’s endured. He sees everything as a positive.

“It’s been great,” Murray said. “I’ve been told that versatility is always welcomed. People will really look at that. I am not mad at not playing a specific position. It’s been a learning process for me this year and I am learning something new each day. When I first came back from my broken hand, I didn’t feel as strong, but I am beginning to get back to 100 percent.”

Fortunately for Murray and the Eagles, he is not forced to be a one-man show for Coppin to have success. The Eagles have plenty of talent on the court. Guards Andre Armstrong (12.6 points per game) and Sterling Smith (10.6) average double figures. They have combined to make 70 3-pointers this season. Junior guard Taariq Cephas scores at a 9.8 point per game clip. Cephas also leads the Eagles with 81 assists. Arnold Fripp made a trio of 3-pointers against A&T.

Coppin State is looking for a season sweep against Hampton and Delaware State. Even though the Eagles beat both teams earlier this year, they know that doing it again will be tough and require even a greater level of focus and execution on defense.

Hampton has won its last two games after beating South Carolina State Monday night as sophomore forward Jervon Pressley led four Pirates in double figures with a season-high 14 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Ramon Mercado added 12 points, six rebounds, and three blocks – two of which were key late. It was Pressley’s first game at Hampton in double figures. Senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell added 11 points, and sophomore guard Ke’Ron Brown chipped in 10 points.

Meanwhile, Delaware State enters Saturday’s game at Morgan State with five straight losses. Kendall Gray was high scorer for the Hornets with 14 points and led all players with 12 rebounds. He also had four blocks to give him 12 in the last two games. Gray has a team-high six double-doubles this season. Casey Walker chipped in 13 points for the Hornets. He has reached double figures in scoring in each of the last eight games. Coppin State leads the all-time series against Delaware State, 42-22.

Following this two-game homestand, the Eagles will travel to UMES next Saturday, Feb. 8 before returning home to meet Morgan State on Monday, Feb. 10.

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Morgan goes for weekend road sweep Monday night at Hampton

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University men’s basketball team will look to get back into the win column on Monday, as the Pirates square off against Morgan State at the HU Convocation Center at 8 p.m.

The Pirates (8-9, 3-1 MEAC) dropped their first conference game of the season on Saturday, falling 71-68 to Coppin State despite holding a lead with less than three minutes to go. Senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Manhattan, N.Y.) led the Pirates with 16 points – on 6-for-6 shooting – while senior guard Ramon Mercado (Hollywood, Fla.) came off the bench to add 12 points on the strength of 4-for-4 shooting from behind the arc.

Junior center Emmanuel Okoroba (Garland, Texas) added 11 points, and sophomore forward Jervon Pressley (Charlotte, N.C.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Pirates shot 54.5 percent from the floor.

Morgan State (5-10, 3-0 MEAC) picked up its second straight win Saturday night, defeating MEAC preseason favorite Norfolk State 87-70 in the Spartans’ home gym. The Bears were picked to finish second in the conference this season, their eighth under head coach Todd Bozeman.

Senior guard Justin Black leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game, while redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles is averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Anthony Hubbard, on top of averaging 11.6 points per game, is pulling down a team-high 6.5 rebounds per contest.

Hampton is 23-12 all-time against Morgan State, and the Pirates have won four of the last six meetings – including a split of last season’s meetings. Morgan State beat the Pirates at the Convocation Center 80-78 last season, before the Pirates returned the favor in Baltimore, Md. with a 64-62 win.

The Pirates are 10-4 against Morgan State at home.

The Pirates are 211-127 all-time as a Div. I program (since 1995) against teams currently in the MEAC, including an 11-5 mark in the conference last season. The Pirates are 3-1 in the MEAC this season after falling to Coppin State on Saturday.

The Pirates went 7-8 at the HU Convocation Center last season, even though they won three of their last five home contests. During Edward Joyner Jr.’s career as a head coach, Hampton is 32-24 overall in the Convocation Center, and the Pirates won their home debut on Nov. 9, defeating William & Mary 77-69, before falling 90-79 to Delaware on Nov. 17.

The Pirates won their first conference home game of the season on Dec. 7, beating Florida A&M 72-62, before beating Bethune-Cookman 85-52 on Dec. 9. Hampton also won home games on Dec. 29 and Jan. 4, a double-overtime 101-95 victory over Winthrop and an 87-60 win over Radford, before falling 71-68 to Coppin State on Saturday.

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Coppin opens road swing Saturday at Hampton

Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Arnold Fripp appreciates the practice battles with his good friend and teammate Michael Murray. Fripp likes being knocked around because the way he sees it, the consistent poundings and paint tutorials are only going to make the Coppin State University senior forward stronger and better.

“Even though I’ve known him since high school, he doesn’t cut me any slack,” Fripp said. “He’s helped me a lot and by him always going at me in practice, it’s prepared for the physical and tough games in the conference.”

Fripp and the Eagles hope that the aggressive player that scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 75-69 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) win over South Carolina State makes many more consistent appearances as the Eagles head into the meat of their conference schedule.

Coppin State (5-11 overall, 2-1 MEAC) begin a tough four-game road trip with games against Hampton (8-8, 3-0) Saturday afternoon at 6 p.m. and Norfolk State (10-7, 4-0) Monday night at 8 p.m.

With Fripp and Murray playing together at a high level along with sharpshooting guards Andre Armstrong, Sterling Smith, Daquan Brickhouse, Taariq Cephas raining baskets from all over the gym, Coppin State has the ability and talent to be a factor in the conference. The Eagles knocked off Oregon State, 78-73 on Nov. 11 and Fripp’s 17-point performance was a big part of that triumph.

“We know what type of team we have and our record doesn’t show how good we are,” Fripp said. “Beating South Carolina State was big for us. We just have to continue to play with lots of energy and intensity going forward. This win was definitely a confidence builder for us.”

It was good to see Fripp rebound from consecutive scoreless outings against Towson and Savannah State with a strong effort. He was a key factor in helping Coppin State hold on to beat the Bulldogs. Fripp threw down a one-handed dunk to cap a 7-0 run that gave Coppin State the lead for good against South Carolina State. Then a few minutes later when the Bulldogs closed to within, 67-66, Fripp knocked down a short baseline jumper.

Overall, Fripp has scored in double figures seven times this season for the Eagles. In addition to his big performance against Oregon State, Fripp averaged 12 points during Coppin State’s two games in the British Virgin Islands against Southern Mississippi and Jacksonville State. The transfer from Monroe Community College started the season by grabbing at least seven rebounds in Coppin State’s first three games. He grabbed 10 rebounds against Richmond.

Fripp has always stood out on the basketball court and in a crowd. He had an earlier growth spurt than many of his peers. Fripp, who is a huge Bugs Bunny fan, didn’t take basketball seriously when he started playing the sport.

“I was always tall and I started hitting my growth spurt in seventh or eighth grade,” Fripp said. “I always loved basketball, but I never really took it that seriously. I got naturally good at it and that made my dedication stronger to the sport. It’s definitely a special feeling to be playing here at Coppin State.”

In a 73-60 victory over Delaware State last week, Hampton senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell led the Pirates with 21 points and eight rebounds. Redshirt-freshman guard Lawrence Cooks added 13 points, going 5-for-7 from the floor and hitting both 3-pointers. In beating Delaware State, the Pirates shot 70.4 percent (19-for-27) from the floor in the second half.

Maxwell leads the Pirates in scoring with a 13.2 point per game average and rebounding (6.5). Deron Powers scores at a 12.1 point per game clip and has a team-high 71 assists. Brian Darden chips in 9.3 points per game and leads the Pirates with 38 3-pointers. Overall, Hampton has won three of its last four games and is 5-1 at home.

The Eagles have their work cut for them against Norfolk State, which has won 23 consecutive regular season MEAC games after edging Delaware State, 58-56, Monday night. The Spartans lead the conference in scoring offense (77.9), field goal percentage (48.8), 3-point field goal percentage (34.8) and are second in assists per game (14.5).

Norfolk State is led by Malcolm Hawkins and Pendarvis Williams, who are fifth and ninth, respectively in the conference in scoring. Hawkins averages 16.8 points per game and Williams scores at a 15.8 point per game clip. Brandon Goode is third in the MEAC in rebounding (7.0 per game) and second in field goal percentage (61.8). Jamel Fuentes is second in the conference in assists (5.5). Like Hampton, the Spartans only have one loss at home this season.

Coppin State will be on the road against next weekend when it travels to North Carolina to meet Central and A&T.

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Morgan tries to bounce back Saturday at Hampton

Posted on 01 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (2-6, 2-2 MEAC) vs. Hampton (3-5, 3-1 MEAC)
“Military Appreciation Day”

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET
Hughes Stadium (10,000)
Baltimore, Md.

The Bears (2-6, 2-2) will host the Hampton Pirates in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday (Nov. 2) in Baltimore (Md.). Head coach Donovan Rose leads the Pirates. Hampton (3-5, 3-1) extended to a 3-game winning streak after a commanding 30-7 victory against Delaware State last Saturday. The Bears had its two-game win streak snapped after dropping a 28-14 decision at Howard during the Bison Homecoming.Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

• The Bears and Pirates will meet for the 63rd time … Morgan State leads the series 36-24-2.
• Last time against the Pirates (Nov. 17, 2012) … Jeremiah Schwartz and Hampton capped the 2012 season with a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at Morgan State. Schwartz, the MEAC’s leading rusher, had a workmanlike effort for the Pirates by gaining a game-high 113 yards on 29 carries, including a pair of touchdowns. Morgan State recorded a season-high eight sacks and racked up three interceptions, while holding the HU’s quarterback duo of Travis Champion and Brian Swain to a combined 4 of 18 passing for just 42 yards.
• The last time the Bears defeated Hampton was on Nov. 11, 2009  … With 1:54 remaining in the game, the Pirates got the ball on Morgan State’s 42-yard line for what would be the final drive of the game at Armstrong Stadium. On this final drive, the Pirates committed three penalties and lost a total of 51 yards, which ended in a 44-yard field goal attempt by freshman Jordan Stovall that came up short, giving the Bears a 16-13 win on Hampton’s Senior Day.
• Since 2002, the Morgan State vs. Hampton game has been decided by 7 or less points five out of the last 12 games … and has gone into overtime twice (2003 & ’07).
• Hampton has won the last three meetings against the Bears, and had a string of 6 consecutive wins against Morgan State (2003-2008) before the Bears pulled out a 16-13 win in 2009.

• Donovan Rose (Hampton, 1979) Petty enters his fifth campaign as head football coach of the Hampton Pirates and his 23rd as a member of the program.
Since Rose’s return to Hampton in 1991, the Pirates have won 14 championships, graduated over 225 student-athletes and placed over 50 players in professional leagues. His most notable recruits have been Cordell Taylor, second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998, and Kendall Langford, third-round pick and starting defensive end for the Miami Dolphins in 2008.
• Hampton returns 61 lettermen, including 15 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, Hampton finished with a 3-7 overall record and 3-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• Freshman QB Bryan Bailey (6-2, 190) made his first start of the season on Oct. 12 against North Carolina A&T, completing 14 of 26 passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns. He’s currently completing 57 percent (43 of 75) of his passes and has thrown a total of five touchdowns and five interceptions.
• Through the first eight games, RB Jorrian Washington (5-9, 180) has been the Pirate’s leading ground gainer. The junior from Los Angeles, Calif. has recorded 51 carries for 331 yards (4.2 avg), including two TDs.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout RB Antwon Chisholm.  The Florida product may not have the statistics that made him the MEAC’s Rookie of the Year three year’s ago, but he’s still a very dangerous back. He leads the Pirates with 31 receptions out of the backfield for 284 yards and four TDs (5th in MEAC).
• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Pirate’s linebacker Delbert Tyler. The 5-11, 225 pound senior currently leads the league with 94 tackles (41 solo). He has recorded double-digit tackles in six of Hampton’s first eight games – including a season-high 17 stops on Sept. 21 at Coastal Carolina – he had 16 tackles and an interception during last Saturday’s win against Delaware State.

• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 181.8 yards per game on 361 carries and have scored 10 TDs on the ground.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and led the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
• Morgan State rank 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 298 yards per game (4.8 per play).
• Morgan State ranks 4th in MEAC pass efficiency (112.2).

• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in rushing with 453 yards on 102 attempts.
• Donald Hill-Eley was the offensive coordinator at Hampton from 1997-2000 under coach Joe Taylor … he was a graduate assistant for the Pirates from 1992-94.
• Tight end Nathan Ingram recorded four receptions last week to bring his season total to 13. Ingram has 18 catches in his career at Morgan State.
•  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).

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 4 in the MEAC in time of possession (31:14 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first eight games, the Bears have scored 19-of-25 (76%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 6 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has eight players with at least 25 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 65 stops (T-12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 41 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … Since allowing 6.0 sacks against Robert Morris, the Morgan State offensive line has allowed just three sacks over the next six games and had a stretch of three games without allowing sack before giving up a sack. The Bears currently rank No. 3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 12 sacks in eight games.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 10 interceptions through eight games. CB Joe Rankin and S Paul Eatman have a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Janvier, CB DeShaun Summers, and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks No. 22 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 4 in pass defense by limiting opponents to 146.4 yards per game.

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top Seven- Mid-season MLB Rankings

Posted on 02 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Here’s Drew’s top seven in Major League Baseball

7) Atlanta Braves

6) Pittsburgh Pirates

5) Boston Red Sox

4) Baltimore Orioles

3) Texas Rangers

2) Detroit Tigers

1) St. Louis Cardinals

Here’s Ryan’s Top Seven

7) Detroit Tigers


6) Baltimore Orioles

5) Pittsburgh Pirates

4) Texas Rangers

3) Boston Red Sox

2) Cincinnati Reds

1) St. Louis Cardinals



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