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Morgan Hosts Norfolk State Saturday Amidst Controversy

Posted on 14 January 2012 by WNST Staff

BEARS RETURN HOME TO FACE CONFERENCE LEADER NORFOLK STATE ON SATURDAY

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 14
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 4 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (3-10, 1-1 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (12-5, 4-0 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-75/6th
Career Record: 140-137  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State returns from a four-game road swing to face the conference-leader Norfolk State Spartans. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Saturday, Jan. 16th at 4 p.m. (ET). It will be MSU’s first of a four-game homestand, and will mark just the third home game of the season.
BEAR BITS
NSU will enter Hill Field House riding a 5-game winning streak, including a 68-48 win against Howard on Monday night in Echols Hall.
 
DeWayne Jackson scored a game-high 23 points, but a Rashad Hassan dunk in the final minute turned out to be the game winner as the Tigers held on to a 57-55 victory over the Bears on Monday night.
MSU played without head coach Todd Bozeman, who was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation stemming from an incident that apparently occurred near the conclusion of the Bears contest at South Carolina State last Saturday. Asst. Coach Kevin McClain assumed coaching responsibilities for the team in the interim.
 
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
 
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 MEAC record.
• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
 Kevin Thompson leads the Bears and ranks among the MEAC leaders in scoring (ranked 8th – 13.6 ppg), rebounding (ranked 3rd – 8.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (ranked 5th – .544).
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in nine of 13 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 44 straight games.
Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.  He currently has 1,342 points and 1,069 rebounds in his career.
 
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 2-1 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th win as MSU’s head coach.
•   Give the Bears its third road victory of the season.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 141 career wins.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 64-20 (.761) since joining the Bears in 2006.
•  Give the Bears its first victory against Norfolk State since an 88-87 double-overtime victory against the Spartans on February 27, 2010 at Hill Field House.
CHASING 1,000
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Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 973 points, and needs 27 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE SPARTANS
• The Spartans hold a 28-11 all-time record against MSU since the series began during the 1959-60 season.
 
• NSU swept the series last year by defeating the Bears 76-74 during an ESPNU televised game at Hill Field House, and on the road (69-63) at Echols Hall … The Spartans’ standout center Kyle O’Quinn averaged 23.5 ppg against the Bears.
 
•  NSU is ranked first place in the MEAC following its win over Howard and losses by B-CU and Morgan State.
TIGERS LAST GAME OUT
Chris McEachin and Pendarvis Williams scored 16 points apiece and the Norfolk State defense turned in one of its finest efforts of the season in the Spartans’ fifth straight win, a 68-48 decision over Howard on Monday night at Echols Hall. The win helps the Spartans improve to 12-5 overall, 4-0 in the MEAC, their best MEAC start since 2004-05. NSU hounded Howard (4-14, 1-4) into 27 percent shooting and forced 18 Bison turnovers.
BLACK OUT            
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will host Hampton in an ESPNU nationally televised game conference on Monday, January 16.

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Morgan Finishes Road Swing Monday at Savannah State

Posted on 09 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 13
Monday, January 9, 2012 – 8 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (3-9, 1-0 MEAC) vs. Savannah State (6-9, 2-1 MEAC)
Savannah, Ga. – Tiger Arena
Radio: n/a
LIVE AUDIO at www.ssuathletics.com

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-74/6th
Career Record: 140-136  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

GAME TIME
• Morgan State will wrap-up its holiday road swing when they face the Savannah State Tigers in conference action. The contest will tip-off at Tiger Arena on Monday, Jan. 9th at 8 p.m. (ET). This represents the first meeting between the Bears and Savannah State.

BEAR BITS
Ameer Ali scored 19 points to lead Morgan State almost wire-to-wire over South Carolina State 73-68 in its conference opener on Saturday at the S-H-M Memorial Center. The Bears (3-9, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had four players in double figures as Kevin Thompson had 17 points, DeWayne Jackson 14 and Ian Chiles 10. Ali, who came into tonight’s contest fresh off a career high 21 points against San Francisco, was 7 of 9 from the free-throw line.

• The Bears lost to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly and Ohio — all on the road by nine points or fewer.

The Bears are in the midst of concluding a four game road swing, with its furthest road game against the USF Dons and its final road game at Savannah State on Monday night.

Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in nine of 12 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.

Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 43 straight games.

Kevin Thompson”s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.  He currently has 1,342 points and 1,069 rebounds in his career.

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

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

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

Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.

A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 2-0 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th win as MSU’s head coach.

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

•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 141 career wins.

•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 64-20 (.761) since joining the Bears in 2006.

CHASING 1,000
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Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 950 points, and needs 50 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.

NOTE ON THE TIGERS
• Morgan State and Savannah State will meet for the first time.

• The Tigers are struggling from the free throw line where they are shooting just 56.8 percent (168-296) … Deric Rudolph leads the Tigers from the stripe by shooting 73.9 percent and ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in 3-pointers made (2.3 avg/g).

•  Savannah State has one of the top defenses in the conference … The Tigers are currently limiting teams to 64.2 points per game and ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in scoring defense.

TIGERS LAST GAME OUT
Arnold Louis and Deric Rudolph combined to score 42 points to lead Savannah State to a come from behind 72-60 win over visiting Coppin State in Tiger Arena. Louis came off the bench to score 24 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and get four steals while Rudolph scored 18 points and hit five 3-pointers. Trailing 45-36 with 17:16 on the clock, SSU strung together a 27-8 run to go ahead 63-53 with 4:34 remaining. SSU built a 11 point lead late in the contest before pulling out the 12-point victory.

BLACK OUT            
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.

LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will host Norfolk State in conference play on Saturday, January 14.

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Morgan Visits South Carolina State Saturday

Posted on 06 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 12
Saturday, January 7, 2012 – 4 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (2-9, 0-0 MEAC) vs. South Carolina State (4-10, 0-1 MEAC)
Orangeburg, S.C. – SHM Memorial Center
Radio: n/a
LIVE AUDIO at www.SCSUathetics.com
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 104-74/6th
Career Record: 139-136  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

OFFICIAL SCSU WEBSITE
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will continue its a holiday road swing when they take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs in their conference-opener. The contest will tip-off at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on Saturday, Jan. 7th at 4 p.m. (ET). This represents the 69th meeting between the Bears and South Carolina State.
BEAR BITS
Perris Blackwell and Angelo Caloiaro scored 19 points apiece and combined to shoot 13 for 20 from the field, leading San Francisco to an 87-74 win over Morgan State on Tuesday night at War Memorial Gym. Ameer Ali scored a career-high 21 points in 26 minutes for the Bears, who have lost their second consecutive game and suffered their eighth loss away from Hill Field House.
• The Bears lost to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly and Ohio — all on the road by nine points or fewer.           
The Bears are in the midst of concluding a four game road swing, with its furthest road game against the USF Dons and its final road game at Savannah State on Monday night.
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in eight of 11 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 42 straight games.
Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.
 
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 1-0 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 105th win as MSU’s head coach.
•   Give the Bears its second road victory of the season.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 140 career wins.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 63-20 (.759) since joining the Bears in 2006.
CHASING 1,000
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Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 936 points, and needs 64 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE BULLDOGS
• Morgan State and South Carolina State will meet for the 69th time since 1971.
 
• Todd Bozeman holds a 9-2 record against South Carolina State since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.
 
• Tim Carter (Kansas ’79) is in his fourth year as head coach of the South Carolina State University men’s basketball program. He led the Bulldogs to the MEAC Tournament Finals last season as the No. 3 seed. He is the all-time winningest coach in University of Texas-San Antonio history and led the Roadrunners into the NCAA Tournament twice during his 11- year tenure.
BULLDOGS LAST GAME OUT
South Carolina continued its dominance over in-state foe South Carolina State with a 79-51 victory Tuesday night at the Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks (8-6) improve to 18-0 all-time against the Bulldogs (4-10). S.C. State freshman Luka Radovic led all scorers with 15 points, but the Gamecocks were able to limit the Bulldogs to 34.6 percent from the field, marking the best defensive effort of the season.
BLACK OUT
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will face Savannah State in conference play on Monday, January 9.

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Morgan Visits San Francisco Tuesday Night

Posted on 03 January 2012 by WNST Staff

2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 11
Tuesday, January 3, 2011 – 10 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (2-8, 0-0 MEAC) vs. San Francisco (9-6, 0-2 WCC)
San Francisco, Calif. – War Memorial Gym
LIVE AUDIO and VIDEO streaming at www.USFDons.com

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 104-73/6th
Career Record: 139-135  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

2011 MSU SCHEDULE & RESULTS

OFFICIAL USF WEBSITE

GAME TIME
• Morgan State will enter the New Year with a holiday road swing to “The City by the Bay” when they take on the San Francisco Dons. The contest will tip-off at War Memorial Gym on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. (PST). This represents the first regular season meeting between the Bears and San Francisco.

BEAR BITS
Two Bears scored in double figures and Morgan State was limited to just 25.4 percent from the field in an 81-50 loss at Saint Joseph’s. Redshirt-sophomore Ian Chiles and freshman guard Blake Bozeman led MSU with 10 points apiece, while Kevin Thompson added eight points with 11 rebounds.

• The Bears lost to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly and Ohio — all on the road by nine points or fewer.

The Bears will play its next three games on the road, with its furthest road game coming on January 3rd against the Univ. of San Francisco Dons.

Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in eight of 10 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.

Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 41 straight games.

Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.

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

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

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

Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 10.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2 blocks so far this season.

A BEARS WIN WOULD…

 Give the Bears a 1-0 series record against San Francisco.

 Give Todd Bozeman his 105th win as MSU’s head coach.

  Give the Bears its second road victory of the season.

  Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 140 career wins.

CHASING 1,000

•  Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 927 points, and needs 73 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.

NOTE ON THE DONS

• San Francisco dropped its third straight game with a 77-76 overtime loss to Loyola Marymount.

• At 9-4, USF posted its best non-conference start since opening 1999-00 with a 12-1 record

• Dating to the start of West Coast Conference play last season, the Dons own an 11-3 record in games decided by three points or less or in overtime

• San Francisco is 19-6 at War Memorial Gym since the start of the 2010-11 season

• The Dons scored a season-high 54 points in the second half at Holy Cross (12/22/11) and forced a season-high 28 turnovers

DONS LAST GAME OUT

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to force overtime, but fell to Loyola Marymount 77-76, on an Anthony Ireland lay-up with 1.37 left on the clock in West Coast Conference action Friday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (9-6, 0-2 WCC) fought tooth and nail in the second half, but dropped their second league game of the season, this time in heartbreaking fashion to the Lions (8-6, 1-0 WCC).

BLACK OUT

Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.

LOOKING AHEAD

MSU will face South Carolina St. in their conference opener on Monday, January 7.

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Morgan Begins Another Road Swing Wednesday at SJU

Posted on 28 December 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 10
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 – 7 p.m. (ET)
Morgan State (2-7, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Saint Joseph’s (9-3, 0-0 A-10)
Philadelphia, Pa. – Hagan Arena
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 104-72/6th
Career Record: 139-134  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will conclude 2011 with a holiday road swing to Philadelphia when they  take on a Saint Joseph Hawks’ team that has won its last four games. The contest will tip-off at Hagan Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. (ET). This represents the second regular season meeting between the Bears and SJU.
BEAR BITS
• Four Bears scored in double figures and Morgan State hit 47.4 percent from the field to pull away from Loyola Marymount, 69-45 at Hill Field House. Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson led MSU with a game-high 14 points and eight rebounds, while Larry Bastfield finished with 13 points, and Kevin Thompson and Ameer Ali posted 12 and 10 points respectively.
• The Bears lost to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly and Ohio — all on the road by nine points or fewer.           
• The Bears will play its next four games on the road, with its furthest road game coming on January 3rd against the Univ. of San Francisco Dons.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in seven of nine games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 40 straight games.
• Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.
 
• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
• Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 10.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 1-1 series record against Saint Joseph’s.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 105th win as MSU’s head coach.
•   Give the Bears its second road victory of the season.

• 
  Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 140 career wins.

• 
  Would mark the Bears first three-game winning streak since defeating VMI (Feb. 19, 2011), UMES (Feb. 21, 2011) and Delaware State (Feb. 23, 2011).
CHASING 1,000

•  Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 919 points, and needs 81 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.

NOTE ON THE HAWKS
• Saint Joseph’s is in the midst capping a string of five consecutive home games on campus when they face MSU on Wednesday night. The only other time this occurred in school history was February 1990.
 
• Head coach Phil Martelli recorded the 309th win of his career and is now tied with Bill Ferguson (1928-53) as the Hawks’ all-time leader in victories. Martelli’s career record is now 309-212 in 17 seasons.
• The Hawks will enter Wednesday’s contest against MSU riding a four-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven games.
 
• C.J. Aiken is the nation’s leader in blocked shots with his 4.7 average, while the Hawks rank third (8.1) as a team in the NCAA Statistics of Dec. 25.
• Langston Galloway was the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week and the Big 5 Player of the Week for Dec. 19.

HAWKS LAST GAME OUT
PHILADELPHIA - C.J. Aiken scored a career-high 20 points to help Saint Joseph’s win its fourth straight, as the Hawks defeated Coppin State, 81-72, at Hagan Arena. Aiken, who shot 7-for-10 from the field, led a balanced attack that saw Langston Galloway score 18 points and Carl Jones chip in with 16.
 
PREPARED FOR THE CHALLENGE
• The Bears have put together a challenging non-conference schedule, and currently have one of the toughest schedule in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

• They are one of four MEAC schools to have a strength of schedule in the top-100.

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MSU’s strength of schedule ranks No. 53, North Carolina Central ranks No. 51, Coppin State ranks 32 and Norfolk State ranks 14.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will travel west to face the San Francisco Dons on Monday, January 3.

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Loyola Marymount Visits Morgan Wednesday Night

Posted on 20 December 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 9
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – 7 p.m. (ET)
Morgan State (1-7, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Loyola Marymount (6-5, 0-0 WCC)
Baltimore, Maryland – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 103-72/6th
Career Record: 138-134  
OFFICIAL LMU WEBSITE
GAME TIME
• Morgan State (1-7, 0-0 MEAC) plays host to Loyola Marymount (6-5, 0-0 WCC) in a return game from the 2010-11 season in a game won by the Bears, 81-79, on December 28, 2010 at the Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. (ET). This represents the second regular season meeting between the Bears and LMU.
BEAR BITS
• MSU’s basketball team snapped a season-opening seven game losing streak with a late first half run that led to a 73-60 victory at University of Maryland Baltimore County last Wednesday night. Senior forward Kevin Thompson led the Bears by posting his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with a game-high four blocked shots.
• The Bears lost to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly and Ohio — all on the road by nine points or fewer.           
• The Bears will play three of its next four games on the road, with its furthest road game coming on January 3rd against the Univ. of San Francisco Dons.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in six of eight games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 39 straight games.
• Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.
 
• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
• Morgan State has lost four straight dating back to their loss against Hampton in the MEAC Championship game on March 12,2011.
• Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
• Give the Bears a 2-0 series record against Loyola Marymount.
• Give the Bears its 45th home win under Coach Todd Bozeman.
• Give the Bears its first home victory since February 23, 2011 in Orangeburg versus Delaware State (42-39).
• Improve Todd Bozeman’s record against the Lions to 2-0.
• Improve the Bears’ all-time record against the West Coast Conference to 2-1…the Bears fell to Saint Mary’s 76-60 on December 28, 2008 during the Shamrock Classic Championship game in Moraga, California.
• Would mark the Bears first back-to-back wins since defeating North Carolina A&T (Dec. 10, 2011) and Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 11, 2011) to advance to the MEAC Tournament Championship game.
CHASING 1,000
• 
 Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 905 points, and needs 95 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE LIONS
• LMU concluded its longest homestand since 1995 (six games) when they defeated Idaho State for the second time on the season in overtime, this time 80-72 on Dec. 10. LMU improves to 6-4 on the season.
• In the win over NAU, LMU had six players reach double-figures in scoring for the first time since defeating Seattle University, 104-89, on December 20, 2009.
 
• The Lions continue to rely heavily on its youth with just three seniors on the roster. Non-seniors are averaging 33 of the 40 minutes per game, with senior LaRon Armstead giving them big leadership the last five games.
• Edgar Garibay did not play against Northern Arizona due to a concussion suffered in practice and missed the game agasinst Saint Louis. He is back into the line-up.

LIONS LAST GAME OUT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State out-rebounded LMU 49-32, to claim a 77-61 win at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday afternoon. The Lions fall to 6-5 on the season, dropping their first road game of the season. Anthony Ireland led all scorers with 19 points, scoring 15 in the second half. C.J. Blackwell had 14 points and seven rebounds and LaRon Armstead added 11.
HOME SWEET HOME
• Todd Bozeman has coached the Bears to a terrific home record since joining Morgan State.
• Bozeman has led the Bears to a 44-8 (.846) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a home season finale win against Delaware State on Feb. 23.
• The Loyola Greyhounds’ 73-69 victory at Hill Field House on November 29, 2010 handed the Bears its first home loss since a 71-68 loss to South Carolina State on February 15, 2010.
• The 76-74 loss to Norfolk State on January 29, 2011 was the first conference loss at home since the South Carolina State game on February 15, 2010.
• The average margin of loss at home in the past four seasons is 4.1 pts, including a 83-63 loss vs. Seton Hall on Nov. 26, 2006 at Hill Field House.
LOOKING AHEAD
The matchup with the Lions will be followed by a four-game stretch of road games, starting with Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 28 and wrapping up at Savannah State on January 7.

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Trip To LSU Highlights 2012 Towson Football Schedule

Posted on 15 December 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off a thrilling 2011 season in which they were the most-improved team in NCAA Division I football and won their first Colonial Athletic Association championship, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tiger football team will play a challenging 11-game schedule next season.

Highlighting the Tigers’ non-conference schedule are visits to Kent State and Louisiana State, a pair of NCAA FBS programs. Towson has played one NCAA FBS opponent in the last four seasons, including Navy (2008), Northwestern (2009), Indiana (2010) and Maryland (2011). But, this will be the first time that Towson has played two in the same season.

The Tigers will be playing four of their five home games under the lights with 7 p.m. kickoffs. The home finale on Nov. 10 against Rhode Island will be played at 3:30 p.m.

Towson opens its 2012 season by facing Kent State University at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 1. A member of the Mid-American Conference, Kent State came on strong at the end of the 2011 season, winning four of its last five games to finish the season with a 5-7 overall record. Kent State finished third in the MAC’s Eastern Division with a 4-4 record.

Three weeks after opening their season at Kent State, the Tigers will travel to Baton Rouge, La. to take on perennial national power Louisiana State in legendary Tiger Stadium. When the Towson Tigers face LSU on Sept. 29, LSU could be the defending BCS national champion. Currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, LSU is 13-0 and plays Alabama for the national title on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

Towson, which averaged 8,949 fans per home game in 2011, opens its home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 15 by hosting William and Mary in its CAA opener at 7 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. A week later, on Saturday, Sept. 22, the Tigers entertain St. Francis (Pa.) in a non-conference home game.

After the Tigers’ trip to LSU on Sept. 29, they return to CAA action when they visit James Madison University on Oct. 6. The Tigers and the Dukes were two of the five CAA teams that went to the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2011. On Oct. 13, the Tigers host Maine in another CAA contest. Maine was the CAA runner-up to Towson in 2011.

On Oct. 20, the Tigers host Old Dominion in another 7 p.m. start at Unitas Stadium.

After the game against ODU, Towson will be on the road for the next two weeks, going to Villanova on Oct. 27 and then to regional rival Delaware on Nov. 3.

The Tigers, who will be seeking their second straight NCAA FCS Playoff berth, close out their home schedule on Nov. 10 when they host Rhode Island at 3:30 p.m. The regular season comes to an end on Nov. 17 when the Tigers visit New Hampshire.

The NCAA FCS playoffs start on Nov. 24.

Fans that renew or place a $25 deposit for new season tickets before Dec. 31, 2011 will be able to lock in 2011 season ticket prices for the 2012 season. Tickets can be ordered online at www.TowsonTigers.com or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER.

The Tigers have 44 letter winners returning next season from a team that was ranked No. 8 in the nation in the final FCS poll. Led by a pair of all-CAA first-team selections, defensive end Frank Beltre (left) and safety Jordan Dangerfield, the Tigers have nine starters returning on defense.

Offensively, Towson has eight returning starters, including Terrance West, a first-team all-CAA running back who was named as the CAA’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Left tackle Eric Pike, a third-team all-CAA selection, is one of four returning starters on the offensive line. 

 

A finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award as the FCS Coach of the Year and the CAA Coach of the Year, Ambrose is returning for his fourth season as the Tigers’ coach. Honored as the AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year, he is also a finalist for the AFCA Coach of the Year award.

 

2012 TOWSON UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

 

Sat. Sept.  1 at Kent State Dix Stadium, Kent, Ohio TBA
Sat. Sept. 15 WILLIAM & MARY * Unitas Stadium 7 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 22 St. FRANCIS (Pa.) Unitas Stadium 7 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 29 at Louisiana State Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La. TBA
Sat. Oct.  6 at James Madison * Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, Va. TBA
Sat. Oct. 13 MAINE * Unitas Stadium 7 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 20 OLD DOMINION * Unitas Stadium 7 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 27 at Villanova * Villanova Stadium, Villanova, Pa. TBA
Sat. Nov.  3 at Delaware * Tubby Raymond Stadium, Newark, Del. TBA
Sat. Nov. 10 RHODE ISLAND * Unitas Stadium 3:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 17 at New Hampshire * Cowell Stadium, Durham, N.H. TBA
Sat. Nov. 24 NCAA FCS Playoffs – 1st Round TBA TBA
Sat. Dec.  1 NCAA FCS Playoffs – 2nd Round TBA TBA
Fri.-Sat. Dec. 7-8 NCAA FCS Playoffs – Quarterfinals TBA TBA
Fri.-Sat. Dec. 14-15 NCAA FCS Playoffs – Semifinals TBA TBA
Sat. Jan.  5 NCAA FCS Championship Game Pizza Hut Stadium, Frisco, Tex. TBA 

 

* Colonial Athletic Association games

 


 

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Morgan Continues Pursuit Of First Win Saturday at Ohio

Posted on 03 December 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 7
Saturday, December 3, 2011 – 2 p.m. (ET)
Morgan State (0-6, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Ohio (4-1, 0-0 Mid-American)
Athens, Ohio – Convocation Center
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 102-70/6th
Career Record: 137-132  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
Ticket Info: 443-885-3830
OFFICIAL OHIO WEBSITE
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will face Mid-American Conference member Ohio in Athens at the Convocation Center on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. (ET). This represents the first regular season meeting between the Bears and Ohio and also the first time MSU has played a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
BEAR BITS
• MSU is off to an 0-6 start with a road loss at #14/15 Xavier (63-74), a home loss against Murray State (69-80) and losses at UNLV (55-92), USC (62-65) and versus Tennessee State (64-690. The Bears will attempt to avoid its worst start since 2005 when they travel to face the Ohio Bobcats.
• MSU, who led for most of the second half, had a 45-37 advantage with 11:59 left before Tennessee State took over and came away with a 69-64 victory at the Las Vegas Invitational. Kevin Thompson led the Bears (0-6) with 16 points and five rebounds. DeWayne Jackson had 14 and Ian Chiles had 9 points.
• The Bears will play five of its next six games on the road, with its furthest road game coming on January 3rd against the Univ. of San Francisco Dons.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in five of six games this season.
• The Bears held a 27-21 advantage on the boards against USC and led 36-28 at halftime.
• Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.
 
• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
• Morgan State has lost four straight dating back to their loss against Hampton in the MEAC Championship game on March 12,2011.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 37 straight games.
CHASING 1,000
• 
 Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 881 points, and needs 119 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE BOBCATS
• Sophomore Nick Kellogg was named to the All-MAC Freshman Team after leading the league in three-point field goal percentage last season at 45.3 percent. Kellogg shot 49 percent from beyond the arc in conference play. He also finished 10th in the league in three-pointers made. The freshman and son of Clark Kellogg, scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, hitting a career-high six 3-pointers, in a win at MAC Tournament champion Akron.
• Head Coach John Groce is taking part in the Second Annual ‘Shots from the Heart’ tournament, presented by CollegeInsider.com. The event will benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. The former Wake Forest head coach passed away on July 26, 2007 of a heart attack.
 
• Ohio had its best shooting game of the year during their 70-68 win against Marshall on Wednesday night. The Bobcats shot 50 percent (29 of 58), while Marshall was 21 of 52 (40.4 percent).
• Junior guard D.J. Cooper (5-11, 165) leads the team in scoring by averaging 14.6 points per game.
           
PREPARED FOR THE CHALLENGE
• The Bears have put together a challenging non-conference schedule, and currently have one of the toughest schedule in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

• They are one of four MEAC schools to have a strength of schedule in the top-100.

• MSU’s strength of schedule ranks No. 53, North Carolina Central ranks No. 51, Coppin State ranks 32 and Norfolk State ranks 14.

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Towson Hosts Lehigh Saturday in First Ever NCAA FCS Playoff Game on WNST

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Towson Hosts Lehigh Saturday in First Ever NCAA FCS Playoff Game on WNST

Posted on 02 December 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Making their NCAA FCS Playoff debut, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Colonial Athletic Association champion Tigers (9-2) will host Patriot League champion Lehigh University (10-1) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Towson and Lehigh are two of the 20 teams that were selected to play in the NCAA FCS Championship. They are two of 12 teams that earned first round byes.

Sam Houston State (11-0) is the top seed while North Dakota State (10-1) is the number two seed. Georgia Southern (9-2) is seeded third, ahead of Montana (9-2) and Northern Iowa (9-2).

The Tigers are one of five CAA teams that earned spots in the NCAA FCS playoffs. Old Dominion (9-2), Maine (8-3), New Hampshire (8-3) and James Madison (7-4) were also selected.

The Tigers, who edged Rhode Island in their final regular season contest to win their first CAA championship, are the first team in NCAA history to qualify for the NCAA Playoffs at the Division III, Division II and NCAA FCS level. In 1976, the Tigers qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs and reached the Stagg Bowl, the Division III championship game. After a 14-10 victory over C.W. Post in the quarter-finals and a 38-36 semi-final win over St. Lawrence, the Tigers lost to Saint John’s (Minn.) in the championship game, 31-28.

From 1983 to 1986, the Tigers qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs three times.  In 1983, they lost to North Dakota State, 24-17. In 1984, the Tigers beat Norfolk State in the quarter-finals, 31-21. Then, they lost to Troy State in the semi-finals, 45-3. In their final season as an NCAA Division II program, the Tigers fell to Central State (Ohio) in the quarter-finals, 31-0. The Tigers have an all-time record of 3-4 in NCAA playoff games.

The most improved team in NCAA FCS this season, the Tigers have engineered a historic turnaround. After winning only one game in 2010, the Tigers have improved by eight games and will take a 9-2 record into the NCAA Playoffs. Picked to finish last in the CAA’s pre-season poll, the Tigers won the CAA with a 7-1 mark. Coming into the season, the Tigers had lost 26 of their last 28 CAA games.

The Tigers are just the second team in CAA history to go from “worst to first.” In 1998, James Madison finished last in the league with a 3-8 overall record and a 2-6 league record. One year later, JMU posted an 8-4 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark. The Dukes shared the conference championship with UMass in 1999. In 1997 and 1998, Massachusetts went from 2-9 to 12-3. But UMass didn’t win the CAA in 1998.

“It is tremendously humbling for me to be a part of this,” says the Tigers’ third-year coach. “This is the result of some incredibly hard work by everyone involved – the coaches, the staff, our players, our administration, the students and our fans. This is something that our football alumni have been waiting for.”

The Tigers entered the final weekend of the regular season tied for first place in the CAA with Maine. After their 28-17 win, the Tigers clinched the CAA title outright when New Hampshire edged Maine, 30-27.

Ranked among the Top 25 teams in NCAA FCS for the last eight weeks, the Tigers won the CAA by beating six nationally-ranked conference opponents. After opening the CAA schedule with a 31-10 victory over No. 20 Villanova, the Tigers edged No. 14 Richmond, 31-28. A dramatic 39-35 come-from-behind win over No. 18 Old Dominion enabled the Tigers to improve to 3-0 in the CAA. The Tigers’ 38-27 victory over No. 14 William and Mary gave them a 4-0 CAA record.

After a 35-30 loss to No. 21 Delaware, the Tigers bounced back with wins over No. 7 Maine (40-30) and No. 7 New Hampshire (56-42). They completed their march to the title with their 28-17 win at Rhode Island.

The Tigers have been led by an explosive offense. The Tigers are averaging 239.45 rushing yards per game, the top mark in the CAA. They are ranked ninth in the nation in rushing. Offensively, the Tigers are scoring 34.55 points per game. They are second in the CAA and rank 14th in the NCAA FCS. The Tigers are also second in the CAA with 439.36 yards of total offense per game, the 11th best mark in the nation.

Freshman Terrance West leads the Tigers’ running game. He has rushed for 1,242 yards on 183 carries, second in the CAA. Averaging 124.20 yards per game, he ranks tenth in NCAA FCS. A leading candidate for the Jerry Rice Award, presented to the top freshman in NCAA FCS Football, West has scored 27 touchdowns. His school record 27 touchdowns lead NCAA FCS. West, who had a career high 261-yard performance against New Hampshire, has rushed for more than 100 yards in six of his last seven games. He has scored at least two touchdowns in each of the Tigers’ last seven games.

Named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week twice this season, West has also been selected as the CAA Rookie of the Week four times.

The play of the Tigers’ offensive line has been vital to the team’s success. Senior tackle Henry Glackin has teamed up with sophomores Eric Pike, Charles Johnson, Randall Harris, Anthony Davis and Doug Shaw to provide the Tigers with outstanding line play.

Sophomore quarterback Grant Enders has excelled as the leader of the Tiger offense all season. Named as the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week twice this season, Enders has completed 153 of 224 passes for 1,867 yards and 14 touchdowns. With a 151.8 passing efficiency rating, he is second in the CAA and ranks 11th in NCAA FCS. Averaging 224.6 yards of total offense per game, Enders ranks fourth in the CAA.

Turnover ratio has also been vital to the Tigers’ success this season. During the regular season, the Tigers have compiled a plus-eight turnover ratio, a mark that is third in the CAA behind Old Dominion (plus-ten) and Maine (plus-nine). The Tigers have turned the ball over 16 times while forcing 24 turnovers. The Tigers have thrown ten interceptions and only lost six fumbles. The Tigers have recovered 11 fumbles and intercepted 13 passes.

A pair of linebackers, junior Alexander DiSanzo and freshman Kenton Powell, are tied for the team lead with three interceptions. This is noteworthy because the Tigers only intercepted two passes in the 2010 season. DiSanzo is fourth on the team with 64 tackles while Powell has 54 tackles and is sixth on the team. Junior safety Jordan Dangerfieldsenior safety Nick Oates and freshman cornerback Tye Smith each have two interceptions.

Dangerfield leads the Tiger defense with 82 tackles in nine games. He is eighth in the CAA with 9.1 tackles per game. Junior linebacker Danzel White issecond on the team with 77 tackles in nine games.

Junior defensive ends Frank Beltre and Romale Tucker have given the Tigers outstanding play on the line. While Tucker leads all CAA defensive linemen with 69 tackles in 11 games, Beltre is fourth with 63 tackles. A member of the Pre-Season All-CAA team, Beltre leads the Tigers with 11 tackles for lost yardage. He is also the team leader with four quarterback sacks. Tucker has made 3.5 sacks and is tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries.

Tickets for the Tigers’ NCAA FCS playoff game against Lehigh are currently on sale by calling 1-855-TUTIGER (888-4437).

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Morgan State Looking For First Win Friday at Las Vegas Invitational

Posted on 25 November 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 5
Friday, November 25 – 2 p.m. (PT)
Morgan State (0-4, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Cal Poly (2-2, 0-0 Best West)
Las Vegas, Nev. – Orleans Arena

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 102-69/6th
Career Record: 137-131  

2011 MSU SCHEDULE & RESULTS

OFFICIAL CAL POLY WEBSITE

GAME TIME
• Morgan State Morgan State will face Big West Conference member Cal Poly in Las Vegas, Nevada at Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. (PT). Live stats will be available at GoPoly.com. This will be MSU’s first-ever meeting with the Mustangs and the game is part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. A victory pits the Bears against either Tennessee State (1-3) or Mississippi Valley State (0-3) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26; a loss sends the Bears to an 11:30 a.m. matchup against either program.

BEAR BITS
• MSU is off to an 0-4 start with a road loss at #14/15 Xavier (63-74), a home loss against Murray State (69-80) and a recent loss at UNLV (55-92) and USC (62-65). The Bears will continue its stretch of four games in six days when they face the Cal Poly Mustangs on Friday night.

• Ameer Ali led the Bears with a career-high 17 points, Kevin Thompson had 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in a 65-62 loss against USC at the Galen Center.

• The Bears held a 27-21 advantage on the boards against USC and led 36-28 at halftime.

• Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gives him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.

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

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

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

• MSU senior Kevin Thompson returns to lead the Bears this season…the 6-foot-9 forward was the 2010 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the 2011 All-District 1st Team … Thompson averaged 13.1 points per game, 9.1 rebounds and has recorded 13 double-doubles (pts & rebs) last season.

• MSU recorded several non-conference victories last year including wins over Loyola Marymount University (81-79), Maryland Baltimore County (75-62), Western Illinois (72-53), Robert Morris (67-66).

• Morgan State has lost four straight dating back to their loss against Hampton in the MEAC Championship game on March 12,2011.

• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 34 straight games.

THE SERIES VS. THE MUSTANGS
• Morgan State and Cal Poly will meet for the first time on Friday.

NOTE ON THE MUSTANGS
• A victory this week will provide Cal Poly its 200th triumph at the Division I level. Cal Poly’s first win as a Division I program was a 62-59 edging of Menlo College on Jan. 11, 1995.

• Forced to sit out the 2009-10 season after transferring from Hagerstown College (Md.) and the 2010-11 season after suffering an ACL injury, senior guard Amaurys Fermin finally made his Cal Poly debut with a game-high 17-point performance during the program’s 79-52 victory against San Jose State (Nov. 12). Fermin, who started at the point and played 27 minutes, also kicked down a game-high three assists.

• Cal Poly’s 27-point margin of victory against San Jose State (Nov. 12) was the program’s largest disparity under third-year head coach Joe Callero and largest since hammering North Florida on Nov. 21, 2008, 76-42.

•  A year after finishing third among all Division I programs in opponent three-point percentage (28.7), sixth in opponent points per game (58.9) and 25th in opponent field goal percentage (40.0), the Mustangs opened the 2011-12 campaign by limiting San Jose State to a 21.4 percent mark from beyond the arc, 52 points and a 28.6 percent figure from the floor.

• Junior guard Dylan Royer leads the team in 3-pointers by shooting. 50 percent from behind the arc.

• Senior forward Davis Hanson had 17 points, 8 rebounds and an assist against UNLV. Hanson finished eight in the Big West conference last year with 455 total points and 15.2 a game. Hanson need just 104 points to become the 17thplayer in program history to reach 1,000 career points.

BEARS TO COMPETE IN LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL

•  The 11th annual Las Vegas Invitational, which is scheduled for November 25th and 26th at the Orleans Arena.

•  The Invitational will feature preseason top-ranked North Carolina, UNLV, South Carolina and the University of Southern California, plus Morgan State, Cal-Poly, Mississippi Valley and Tennessee State.

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