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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.

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
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.

COMFORTABLE AT HILL FIELD HOUSE
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.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

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.

BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB 

Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … Black currently has 1,150 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT

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).

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT

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

TOUGH IN THE PAINT

Ian Chiles, Cedric Blossom and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 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).

WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY

Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 7 blocked shots against Marist on 11/25. He’s currently ranked No. 4 in the MEAC averaging 2.7 rejections per contest (52) and now has 151 career blocks.

THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

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.

GAME TIME
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-PIRATES MATCHUP 
• 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.

ABOUT THE PIRATES
• 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.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 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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Loyola’s season ends at hands of ECU in CIT

Posted on 26 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Season Ends In 70-58 Loss At East Carolina

 

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Loyola University Maryland did not score for a stretch of nearly six minutes in the second half, enabling host East Carolina University to turn a one-point deficit into an eight-point lead, and the Pirates dealt the Greyhounds a 70-58, loss in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday night in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

The loss ends the Greyhounds season with a 23-12 record, the second-most wins in school Division I history. Five Loyola players – graduate students Erik Etherly and Anthony Winbush and seniors Julius Brooks, Robert Olson and Luke Wandrusch – played their final games for the Greyhounds, but they finish their careers as the senior class with the most wins in the program’s Division I history (75).

Loyola, which won 24 games a year ago, also competed in the postseason for the second year in a row, another Division I first.

East Carolina (21-12) scored the first eight points of the game, but Loyola responded with nine in a row to take the lead on a Dylon Cormier layup less than five minutes in.

The Pirates retook the lead on a Ty Armstrong jumper the next time down the court, but after two tie scores, Cormier put Loyola up 19-17 with 7:16 on the clock.

R.J. Williams scored Loyola’s next five points on a pair of free throws and a three from the top of the perimeter, and Loyola was up five, 24-19, with 4:37 on the first-half clock. An Olson jumper pushed the lad to seven, but East Carolina would pare it back to four with 3:21 left.

Kemp, who went 6-of-10 from the free-throw line in the first half and 9-of-13 in the game, made 1-of-2 in consecutive trips for the Pirates before an Etherly jumper pushed Loyola back up seven with 2:21 on the clock.

Loyola had held without a field goal since the 9:17 mark until Paris Campbell hit a three at 1:29 to get the Pirates back within four. Campbell wasn’t done, hitting another three on East Carolina’s next possession to make it a 30-29 Loyola lead with under a minute on the clock.

Brooks made a short hook-shot with less than 30 seconds left, but Kemp scored on a dunk and was fouled with just over a second left before the break, and he hit the free throw to send the teams to the locker room tied at 32-32.

Cormier scored twice, and Winbush added a jumper in the first 90 seconds of the second half, giving Loyola a six-point lead and forcing an East Carolina timeout.

The Pirates went on a 7-0 run that gave them the lead, 39-38, on the backend of two free throws by Armstrong.

Loyola went back up on a Brooks putback at 16:16, but three Miguel Paul free throws 14 seconds back on top. An Olson jumper at 12:26 gave the Greyhounds a 45-44 advantage, but it would be their last of the game.

East Carolina scored the next nine points and held Loyola without a point until Olson scored again, this time on a layup, at 6:39.

Kemp led all players with 20 points, and Robert Sampson had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Cromier paced the Greyhounds with 12 points and eight rebounds; Olson added 11, and Winbush scored 10.

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Loyola continues CIT run Tuesday at ECU

Posted on 25 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent East Carolina Pirates | CIT Quarterfinals
Date Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Greenville, N.C. | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
TV | Radio CollegeInsider.com | Hounds Unleashed
Series Record First Meeting
Last Meeting First Meeting

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will hit the road for its next game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The Greyhounds will face East Carolina University in the CIT Quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m., in Greenville, N.C.

 

Postseason Firsts

Last Tuesday’s first-round game against Boston University marked the first time in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have played in the postseason in consecutive seasons after making the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

It was also be the first Division I men’s basketball postseason game to be hosted on the Evergreen Campus and the Greyhounds first Division I postseason win.

Loyola’s berth in the CIT was also its first in the five-year history of the event.

 

Watch Or Listen

CollegeInsider.com will carry East Carolina’s broadcast of the game live and free of charge on its website.

Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Jim Chivers will handle play-by-play duties.

 

CIT Information

The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament made its debut in 2009 as a 16-team tournament that included schools from mid-major conferences. In 2011, the tournament expanded to 24 teams, and it grew again this year to 32.

Semifinals play will begin Friday, March 29, and the Championship Game will be played Tuesday, April 2.

 

Series History

Loyola and East Carolina will meet for the first time on the basketball court when the teams take the court Tuesday night.

The Greyhounds are 0-7 all-time against current members of Conference USA, although Memphis is the only team the Greyhounds have played since joining Division I in 1981-1982.

Earlier this season, the Greyhounds played at C-USA Champion Memphis and were within a point with just over 11 minutes to play, but the Tigers pulled away for a 78-64 win.

 

Last Time Out

Erik Etherly recorded a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds, making 17-of-19 from the free-throw line, and Loyola defeated Kent State, 73-59, in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The Greyhounds shot 87.9-percent from the charity stripe, making 29-of-33 foul shots against the Golden Flashes.

Loyola never trailed in the game that was tied just twice in the first four minutes of action. The Greyhounds went up by nine early in the first half before Kent State pulled within six, 31-25, at halftime.

The Greyhounds then expanded their advantage to as many as 15 with less than seven minutes to play.

 

Postseason History

This year’s bid to the CIT marks the first time in Loyola men’s basketball’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have gone to the postseason (defined as competition following the designated conference tournament) in back-to-back years.

It is just the third time overall in school history that the program has achieved consecutive postseason appearances.

The Emil ‘Lefty’ Reitz-coached teams in 1946-1947, 1947-1948 and 1948-1949 advanced to the NAIA Division I Championships, and the final squad during that period also went 3-1 in the 1949 National Catholic Intercollegiate Tournament.

Two years later, Reitz’s teams had a two-year stretch of postseason competition, playing in the National Catholic Championship following the 1951-1952 season before going 1-1 in the NAIA Division I Championships at the end of 1952-1953.

At the Division I level, Loyola has played in the 1994 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments.

All told, the Greyhounds are 7-8 in postseason play entering the game against the Pirates.

The win over Boston University on Tuesday was Loyola’s first in Division I postseason history.

 

Charity Stripe Keeps Giving

Loyola hit a season-high 29 free throws on Sunday afternoon against Kent State, scoring nearly 40-percent of its points from the charity stripe.

The Greyhounds needed just 33 attempts at the line to make the 29 shots, the third-most free throws Loyola has attempted this season, behind the 41 it took in double-overtime at Niagara and 34 it attempted versus Fairfield.

Loyola’s 87.9-percent clip from the free-throw line was it second best of the year. The Greyhounds made 15-of-17 (88.2-percent) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quarterfinals against Manhattan.

Entering the Kent State game, Loyola was averaging 22.4 free throws attempted while making 68.3-perecnt at the stripe.

 

Etherly Leads Way At The Line

Erik Etherly entered the CIT Second Round game as a 65.3-percent free-throw shooter, but the graduate student forward led the way for the Greyhounds at the stripe against Kent State.

Etherly made 17-of-19 free throws en route to scoring 27 points against the Golden Flashes.

His 17 free throws made are tied for second-most in school single-game history, behind only Jamal Barney’s 18 against NJIT in January 2009.

Of the four players who have made 17 or more free throws in a game – Barney, Etherly, Rodney Floyd (17 versus Mount St. Mary’s in 1973) and Maurice Hicks (17 versus Robert Morris in December 1983) – Etherly’s came in the fewest amount of attempts.

 

Double-Double Performance

In addition to his near-record-setting performance at the free-throw line, Erik Etherly recorded his third double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds, both game-highs, against Kent State. The double-double was the 16th of Etherly’s career.

Etherly also led all players with four assists in 32 minutes played. The game was his 11th of the year with 20 or more points.

 

Cormier On Top Of Game, Too

Dylon Cormier, who along with Erik Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team, scored 18 points in the second round for the Greyhounds, following his 16-point performance on Tuesday against Boston University.

Cormier made 5-of-12 shots from the field and 7-of-9 free throws, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out two assists.

 

Defense Does The Job

Loyola’s defense held Kent State to a 27.6-percent clip from the field (16-of-58) on Sunday, the lowest field-goal percentage a Loyola opponent has put up this season.

It was also the Golden Flashes’ lowest field-goal percentage since December 20, 2001, when they shot 26.1-percent in a 62-56 loss at Xavier. It was also more than 10 years since the last time Kent State shot below 30-percent from the field (February 25, 2003, at Marshall).

Loyola blocked six shots in the game, led by a career-high tying four by Jordan Latham.

 

Winbush Does The Little Things, Again And Again

In the postgame press conference after the Kent State game, Jimmy Patsos credited the all-around game of Anthony Winbush. Patsos is fond of saying, “we don’t know what he does, but he does everything,” and the ‘everything’ portion of Winbush’s game came primarily on the defense end Sunday.

He scored just five points, had five rebounds, a block and steal, but he was the primary defender on Kent State’s Chris Evans.

Evans entered the game averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, and he has been mentioned by many as a potential NBA second round draft pick. Against Loyola, however, Evans finished with 13 points and four rebounds, but eight of his points came from the free-throw line. He was just 2-of-11 from the field and had only one offensive board.

 

Onyiuke On The Board

Late in the game, walk-on forward Chido Onyiuke drove down the lane and was fouled, sending him to the free-throw line for the first time in his three-year career.

Onyiuke made both foul shots for the first points of his tenure with the Greyhounds.

 

Comeback Trail

Loyola trailed Boston University, 45-30 with just under 16 minutes to play in regulation last Tuesday, but from that point forward, Loyola shot 61.1-percent from the field (11-of-21), and all but one of the Greyhounds’ baskets were assisted.

Defensively, Loyola forced seven Terriers’ turnovers, four coming by way of Greyhounds steals. Boston University made just seven of its last 18 shots and five of its final 15.

During that run, Loyola knocked down 6-of-8 3-point attempts, while the Terriers converted on just 2-of-8 from behind the arc.

Loyola outrebounded Boston University, 14-7, in the final 16 minutes, and Loyola shot 15 free throws (making 12), while the Terriers missed their only attempt from the stripe during the span.

During that run, Dylon Cormier scored 16 points, Robert Olson had seven, and Anthony Winbush added six.

Erik Etherly pulled down six of his game-high nine rebounds during the stretch, while R.J. Williams (four) and Winbush (three) combined for seven of the Greyhounds’ 10 assists.

 

Cormier’s Last 11 Minutes

Dylon Cormier did not score for the first 29 minutes of last Tuesday’s game, missing all five of his shots as Loyola trailed by as many as 15 points.

However, he hit 4-of-5 shots from the field and 5-of-6 at the free-throw line in the final 11 minutes and finished with 16 in the seven-point victory.

He made all three of his attempts from 3-point range during the run, and a fourth was initially ruled a three before being reversed to a two on replay. Entering the game, Cormier had made three treys in a game just once this season, at Siena All four of Cormier’s field goals in the final 11 minutes were assisted, three by R.J. Williams and one by Anthony Winbush.

 

Olson’s Shooting Keeps Greyhounds Close

Robert Olson matched Dylon Cormier’s 16 points last Tuesday night against Boston University, and while Cormier scored all 16 of his points in the final 11 minutes, it was Olson’s nine first-half points that helped the Greyhounds stay within five points at the break.

The senior guard scored all nine of his first-half points on three from behind the arc, and he also led Loyola at the break with five rebounds.

In the second half, Olson knocked down two more 3-pointers, and he also had three assists and a steal in the second half.

 

Olson Sets Games Played Record

When he took the floor to start the CIT First Round game on Tuesday, Robert Olson became Loyola’s all-time games played leader. Entering the East Carolina contest, Olson has seen action in 126 games for Loyola, two more than previous record-holder Brian Rudolph (2007-2011). Rudolph and Olson played in 59 games together from 2009-2010. Meanwhile, Anthony Winbush is third in games played with 122, going into the East Carolina game.

He also set the single-season games played record against Kent State, appearing in his 34 of the year.

Throughout his four years at Loyola, Olson has missed just one game (at New Hampshire in November 2012).

Olson has played in all 33 games this season – the only Loyola player to do so – and with one more game played, he will also set the school single-season record.

Including Loyola’s win against Boston University, Olson has been a part of more victories (74) than any other Greyhound.

In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He is now 19th all-time at Loyola with 1,243 career points and is nine away from tying Aubrey Reveley (1983-1987) for 18th.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is second in 3-pointers made (209) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 21st in field-goals made (420), second in 3-pointers attempted (548), 16th in assists (231) and seventh in steals (118).

 

All-MAAC Honors

Dylon Cormier and Erik Ethelry became the first pair of Loyola men’s basketball teammates to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in the same season.

Etherly earned the honors for the second year in a row after averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the regular-season.

He also blocked 27 shots and recorded 39 steals in 26 games. Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times and has tallied 10 or more on 23 occasions, 20 or more 11 times.

Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring all season and enters the CIT first round with a 16.5 points per game average. He has scored in double digits in 28 of the 31 games he’s played this season and led the team in scoring 14 times.

In addition to his scoring, Cormier leads the team in total assists (77) and is second in the MAAC in both total steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).

 

Etherly Over The Last Seven Of The Regular Season

Erik Etherly’s 30-point effort in the regular-season against the Jaspers gave the graduate student five games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last seven outings and three-straight  with 23 or more.

He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, 22 at Marist two days later, 26 at Tennessee State on February 23 and 23 last Friday night at Iona..

During that seven-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 20.9 points. He is shooting 55.4-percent from the field during those games.

 

 

Three In The 20s

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points on March 1 at Iona as Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both posted 23, and Anthony Winbush finished with 20.

It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.

 

Olson’s Last Thirteen

Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ second leading scorer over the last 13 games (behind Etherly’s 16.8), averaging 15.2 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in 11 of the 13 games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.

During the run, in which Loyola is 9-4, Olson has shot 40.0-percent from the field and 39.4-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.

Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in five of the 12 games.

His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 12.8 entering the CIT Quarterfinals.

 

20-Win Season

The February 23 victory at Tennessee State was the Greyhounds’ 20th of the 2012-2013 season, marking the second time in as many years Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and just the fifth overall.

Loyola previously put three-straight 20-win seasons together from 1946-1949 under the direction of head coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.

 

More Than 60 Years

The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:

Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.

Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.

The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.

The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.

 

Hit On 70

With their win over Kent State the Greyhounds are 10-3 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Their only losses when scoring that many or more came at home against Iona and at Canisius and Iona.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 19-4 when it scores 70 or more. Its only loss of that kind in 2011-2012 was in an 83-79 defeat at Rider.

 

Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.

 

Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

 

And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Kent State to 59 points, the 15th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all but one of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 24 times, going 23-1 in the games.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 33 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 229 free throws, an average of 6.9 per game. He has made 73.9-percent of those shots, a total of 170.

His 170 made are fifth-most in Loyola single-season history, and his 330 career free-throws made are 11th most in program history.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are tied for third on the team in rebounding this season with both averaging 4.5 per game.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 17 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 13 times.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 17-3 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 14-1 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2002-2005.

 

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 145 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

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Morgan welcomes Hampton to Hill Field House Saturday

Posted on 01 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
Opponent: Hampton Pirates
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4 p.m.
Record:  MSU 6-11 (3-3); HU 6-13 (3-3)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (116-96 – 7th yr)

Setting the Scene:
Morgan State tips off a two-game homestand Saturday afternoon against Hampton. The Bears beat the Pirates, 80-78 in Hampton, and will look for the season sweep when Hampton comes to Baltimore. Saturday’s game at Hill Field House is set for 4 p.m. (ET). The Bears will enter the game coming off of a 69-61 loss at North Carolina Central. Justin Black and DeWayne Jackson led the Bears with 20 points apiece. Hampton (6-13, 3-3) snapped a 3- game losing skid on Wednesday, beating South Carolina State 64-60 in Orangeburg. Ramon Mercado led the Pirates with 14 points and Dwight Meikle had 13. The meeting with Hampton will be the 68th all-time between the schools, with the Pirates leading the head-to-head series, 39-28.

Bear Bits:
• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 98.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 6-10 while averaging 68 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State, who shot 67.6 percent from the line last season, continues to have hard times from the stripe … through the first 17 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58.1 percent (240-413 FT).

• The Bears, who held North Carolina A&T to 4 of 21 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 72 points and opponents are shooting 32 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 53.3 percent against South Carolina State and a season best 65.0 percent from the stripe, with 11 steals versus the South Carolina Gamecocks.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 248 points in 17 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.6 ppg).

• Justin Black was just shy of posting a triple-double at Liberty. The junior guard finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and nine assists … he has been the Bears leading scorer in 6 of the last nine games and ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in scoring at 13.5 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 154 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 5 (No. 1 in the MEAC & No. 26 in the nation). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 33 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 4 (36) in the MEAC by averaging 2.4 blocks per game.

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

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

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

• Redshirt junior Ian Chiles, who stands at 7-foot-2, 270-pounds, enters Saturday’s contest with 421 career points and 73 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 8.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT VS. HAMPTON
January 20, 2012 – DeWayne Jackson came off the bench to score 24 points and Morgan State edged Hampton 80-78 Saturday night in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action. Jackson hit 9 of 14 field goal attempts, 3 of 5 from 3-point range, for the Bears. Three teammates also finished in double figures. Anthony Hubbard scored 13 points, Justin Black 12 and Ian Chiles 10. The Bears led 42-33 at halftime, but Hampton (5-11, 2-1) rallied. The Pirates got double-doubles from Deron Powers (19 points, 10 assists) and Emmanuel Okoroba (15 points, 10 rebounds).

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
The Pirates welcome back six veterans, including one starter, from a squad that posted a 12-21 overall record, finished T-8th in the MEAC with a 6-10 ledger. Hampton has a total new look with nine players on this year’s roster, seven of which are freshman. Freshman guard Deron Powers leads the Pirates averaging 11.7 points and is shooting 38 percent from the field. Junior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell leads Hampton on the glass by averaging 6.7 rpg to go along with 7.9 ppg. Head coach Edward Joyner, Jr. (JCSU ’95) enters his fourth season as the Pirates head coach and he currently holds a 56-61 record (.478).

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

UNFAMILIAR FOES
Morgan State will face six teams this season that the program has never met in its basketball history. The first time opponents are: UTSA, Old Dominion, Holy Cross, South Carolina, Illinois State and San Diego. The Bears do not see a familiar foe until the Nov. 29 matchup at Liberty (MSU leads, 1-0), their fifth game of the season. The other five opponents MSU previously has played are University of Virginia (trails, 0-1), Loyola Marymount (leads, 2-0), and Saint Joseph’s (trails, 0-1).

JACKSON SET TO LEAD
DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. There are seven (7) juniors, four (4) sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,404, 474 rebs., 153 asts) needs 97 points to surpass Harry Johnson (1,500 points – 1958-62) to become the school’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson(2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophomore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .547 (116-96) after 212 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
During his tenure in Baltimore, Todd Bozeman has coached seven (7) different players to All-Conference honors, including four Players of the Year selections: Ron Timus (2007 2nd Team), Boubacar Coly (2008 Defensive POTY, 1st Team), Jamar Smith (2008 Offensive POTY, 1st Team), Marquise Kately (2008 & 2009 2nd Team), Reggie Holmes (2007 All-Rookie, 2008 2nd Team, 2009 Offensive POTY, 2009 & 2010 1st Team), Kevin Thompson (2009 All-Rookie, 2010 Defensive POTY, 2010 1st Team, 2011 2nd Team), DeWayne Jackson (Rookie of the Year, 2011 1st Team).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 17 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.6 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 13.5 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 14.6 points (ranked No. 5), 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 13 blocks. He has recorded 17 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

CONTROLLING THE GLASS
The Bears have only out-rebounded 6 of their first 17 opponents so far this season. In fact, the Bears have gone 5-1 in the games in which they’ve won the battle on the boards. MSU’s best rebounding performance was during its season-opening win against UTSA where they held a 52-26 advantage on the glass.

UP NEXT
The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they host MEAC reigning champions Norfolk State at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at Hill Field House.

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Morgan aims to bounce back Saturday at Hampton

Posted on 18 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
Opponent: Hampton Pirates
Site: HU Convocation Center, Hampton, Va.
Game Time: 4 p.m.
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (115-94 – 7th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State (4-9, 1-1) will head to the Tidewater area to take on the Hampton Pirates in a conference matchup at the HU Convocation Center in Hampton, Virginia. MSU will enter Saturday’s contest attempting to rebound from a 78-70 2OT loss at home against Savannah State. DeWayne Jackson and Justin Black led the Bears with 18 points apiece. Hampton Pirates (5-10, 2-0) picked up their third straight win on Monday, beating Quinnipiac 70-64 at the HU Convocation Center. Emmanuel Okoroba and Deron Powers (the reigning MEAC Rookie of the Week) led the Pirates with 16 points. The meeting with Hampton will be the 67th all-time between the schools, with the Pirates leading the head-to-head series, 39-27.

Bear Bits:
• The Bears are looking for its first win against Hampton since January 16, 2012 at Hill Field House.

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 97.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 4-9 while averaging 67 points and 43 percent shooting.

• Morgan State, who shot 67.6 percent from the line last season, continues to have hard times from the stripe … through the first 13 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 59.5 percent (184-309 FT).

• The Bears, who held South Carolina State to 2 of 9 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 73 points and opponents are shooting 33 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 53.3 percent against South Carolina State and a season best 65.0 percent from the stripe, with 11 steals versus the South Carolina Gamecocks.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 187 points in 13 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 6 (14.4 ppg).

• Justin Black was just shy of posting a triple-double at Liberty. The junior guard finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and nine assists … he has been the Bears leading scorer in 4 of the last five games.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 147 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 5 (No. 17 in the nation). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 41 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Morgan State’s Thair Heath has missed only four shots through the first 11 games of the season … Heath is 12-of-16 (75%) from the floor.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks No. 4 (26) in the MEAC by averaging 2.2 blocks per game.

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

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

• Morgan State has used the lineup of Heath, Hubbard, Chiles, Jackson and Bozeman for six of the Bears first 12 contests.

LAST TIME OUT VS. HAMPTON
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 6, 2012) – The Bears’ struggles with converting field goals was their undoing at the 2012 MEAC Tournament.  Hampton found their stride with their three-point shooting and Darrion Pellum stepped up late to help them defeat the Bears 69-65 in the first round action of the MEAC Tournament. MSU was very much in the game despite converting only four of 32 field goals in the first half. The Bears outrebounded Hampton by a 48-35 margin that included 21 offensive boards.

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
March 6, 2012 – The Bears’ struggles with converting field goals was their undoing at the 2012 MEAC Tournament.  Hampton found their stride with their three-point shooting and Darrion Pellum stepped up late to help them defeat the Bears 69-65 in the first round action of the MEAC Tournament. MSU was very much in the game despite converting only four of 32 field goals in the first half. The Bears outrebounded Hampton by a 48-35 margin that included 21 offensive boards.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

UNFAMILIAR FOES
Morgan State will face six teams this season that the program has never met in its basketball history. The first time opponents are: UTSA, Old Dominion, Holy Cross, South Carolina, Illinois State and San Diego. The Bears do not see a familiar foe until the Nov. 29 matchup at Liberty (MSU leads, 1-0), their fifth game of the season. The other five opponents MSU previously has played are University of Virginia (trails, 0-1), Loyola Marymount (leads, 2-0), and Saint Joseph’s (trails, 0-1).

JACKSON SET TO LEAD
DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. There are seven (7) juniors, four (4) sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,343, 448 rebs., 149 asts) needs 11 points to surpass former teammate Kevin Thompson (1,364 points – 2009-12) to become the school’s No. 11 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson (2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophomore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .550 (115-94) after 209 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
During his tenure in Baltimore, Todd Bozeman has coached seven (7) different players to All-Conference honors, including four Players of the Year selections: Ron Timus (2007 2nd Team), Boubacar Coly (2008 Defensive POTY, 1st Team), Jamar Smith (2008 Offensive POTY, 1st Team), Marquise Kately (2008 & 2009 2nd Team), Reggie Holmes (2007 All-Rookie, 2008 2nd Team, 2009 Offensive POTY, 2009 & 2010 1st Team), Kevin Thompson (2009 All-Rookie, 2010 Defensive POTY, 2010 1st Team, 2011 2nd Team), DeWayne Jackson (Rookie of the Year, 2011 1st Team).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 13 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.4 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 13.4 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.1 points and 6.7 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING EARLY ON
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet in the early season, averaging 14.4 points (ranked No. 7), 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists (ranked No. 10) and 2.4 steals (ranked No. 1) per game. Jackson has also registered 10 blocks. He has recorded 12 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

BLACKSTREET
Junior guard Justin Black has been one of the most consistent players for the Bears this season. The 6-foot-2 guard is among the MEAC’s leading scorers (Ranked No. 10 -13.4 ppg) and has scored double-figures 9 of 13 games, including the last five contests. The Dunbar HS product is averaging an impressive 17.5 points and 11 of 12 (91%) from the free throw line thru a pair of MEAC games (17 pts vs. S.C. State and 18 pts vs. Savannah State) and has been in the starting lineup the last three games.

UP NEXT
The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they travel to face the reigning MEAC champion Spartans of Norfolk State at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at Echols Hall.

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