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Coppin opens final homestand of season Saturday against UMES

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — Charles Ieans, Michael Murray and Andre Armstrong haven’t had time to process the emotional meaning of playing their final two regular home games in the Physical Education Complex. They haven’t thought about that after Monday night’s game against Howard, they will never play a college game on campus.

Instead, the trio is focused on helping the Eagles finish the regular season with a flourish and develop some much needed momentum for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament that begins on March 10 in Norfolk, Va. As the Eagles welcome Maryland-Eastern Shore (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and Howard (Monday, 7:30 p.m.) to campus, they are currently in seventh place in the conference with a 6-8 record. Two wins and the Eagles will finish .500 in the conference and no worse than where they are presently sitting in the conference.

Coppin State (9-18 overall, 6-8 MEAC) leads the all-time series over UMES, 58-17. The Hawks (4-22, 2-11) have won four of the past 11 meetings against CSU, but won three in a row between 2010 and 2011.

“It’s in my mind that these are my last two home games,” Armstrong said. “I am just trying to leave my mark and perform to my highest potential and ability. I’ve always had some doubters that said I couldn’t play on this level so I’ve always played with a chip on my shoulder to prove that I am capable of playing at this level.”

Armstrong, Murray and Ieans have created some special memories for the Eagle program during their time. More importantly, all three student-athletes have shined in the classroom with Murray posting a 3.96 grade point average.

Murray has played all four years for the Eagles while Armstrong and Ieans joined the team last year from junior colleges. This season, they have all taken turns to help Coppin State exceed preseason expectations. Coppin was picked to finish 10th in the MEAC preseason poll. The Eagles still have a chance to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place if things break right.

Murray has been special for Coppin State from the day he stepped on campus. Heading into his final two regular season home games, Murray has been named MEAC Player of the Week twice in his career, posted 16 doubles and scored in double figures 42 times. Last season as a junior, Murray led the MEAC in rebounding, averaging 8.9 boards per game. He was named to the preseason all-MEAC team entering this year.

“Michael is a total team player who’s willing to do all of the dirty work and play wherever we need him, inside or outside,” Coppin State head men’s basketball coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell said. “He’s a complete player. He can take over a game when he wants to. His rebounding was surprising to me. Overall, Michael has great character and has brought respect to the program.”

Murray scored a season-high 28 points against Delaware State on Dec. 7. Despite missing all of November with a broken hand, Murray leads the Eagles in scoring (14.1 points per game) and rebounding (6.9). He has scored over 900 points and grabbed 595 rebounds during his memorable career. Murray has five double-doubles this year. Not bad, for somebody who didn’t consider playing hoops after high school.

“Playing here has been a tremendous opportunity for me,” Murray said. “I didn’t even know if I would play college basketball after high school. I was just like ‘whatever happens, happens. To be here and play has been really humbling and amazing.”

Meanwhile, Armstrong has been a binge scorer for the Eagles during his career. He came to Coppin State with a good reputation. Murray, also a fellow New Yorker, had heard about Armstrong’s exploits despite having never had met him.

A sharpshooter, Armstrong has made 121 3-pointers during his career, including 49 this season. He has scored in double figures 33 times during his career and has hit for 20 or more eight times. Armstrong made eight 3-pointers in a game against Norfolk State last year. In two years, Armstrong has rung up over 650 points. He has been super consistent from the foul line, missing 41 free throws while shooting 82.1 percent in two years.

“We brought him here to be a scorer and he has done that,” Mitchell said. “He puts pressure on the defense, which has helped us offensively. Teams usually try and put one of their better defenders on him. Teams have had to worry about him when he’s on the floor. He’s been consistent and has been a hard worker.”

Ieans admitted that he’s grown immensely while playing for Mitchell. This season, Ieans had his best week when he tied a career-high with 13 points against Akron and scored 12 points against Towson four days later. Even though Ieans averages 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest, he has been a key part of Coppin State’s rotation this season. He has also done many of the little things that teams need to be successful like set screens, block out, take charges, play tough in the post and more.

“I would say my time here has been pretty good and I’ve grown a lot physically and mentally with the help of coach Mitchell,” Ieans said. “He uses a lot of off the court real life situations to teach us different things, which helps us. My game has grown a lot since I’ve been here. I got stronger and more athletic. When I first got here, I was kind of moving in slow motion, but with the coaches being on my back, I got more aggressive.”

Together, they will try to help the Eagles earn a season sweep of the Hawks. Coppin State controlled the final five minutes of the first meeting in Princess Anne on Feb. 8. The Eagles scored the last 11 points of the game to earn a 58-50 victory. Since that game, Coppin State has dropped two games to Morgan State, a game to Florida A&M and Norfolk State

Despite its overall record, UMES has been great on the offensive side of the ball as of late. The Hawks are averaging 79 points-per-game over their last five games. The 79 points per game average over the past five games is the most from a Hawk outfit in recent times, with the closest being in 2006 when UMES had a 75.8 average over five consecutive matches. The men have scored at least 72 points in every game of the span and have seen their season averages rise three points to 65.6.

The offensive spree has been generated by senior Troy Snyder, who is averaging 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in the past nine games. Snyder has scored at least 20 points in his last five games, including a career-high 34 against Howard on Feb. 15 in an 87-73 UMES victory.

Freshman Hakeem Baxter has earned the second-most MEAC Rookie of the Week honors in the conference this season, while freshman Devon Walker has scored at least 19 points in three of his last four games. Baxter, Snyder and junior KyRee Jones are all averaging double figures for the Hawks.

“Right now we are in a losing streak, we have to turn that around, and I believe we can do it,” Mitchell said. “I think Michael has to remain consistent, just as he has been for us. Our biggest problem is not the offense. We do score enough points to win games. But we do have to concentrate more on defense and rebounding.”

The way Armstrong sees it for the Eagles, there is still time remaining to achieve the ultimate team triumph. Coppin has battled the top teams tough this year and it was just a play or two from reversing the outcome. The Eagles will be a dangerous foe in a few weeks.

“We’re trying to leave a good legacy,” Armstrong said. “Coach hasn’t won a ring in a couple of years and that’s one thing we want to do. If you win a ring and get better then you’ll be remembered here forever. If you don’t, then there aren’t too many things people are going to remember you by unless it’s the people that were here with you. I want a ring bad. I feel accomplished if I get a ring. If not, it just feels like all I did was play here and that’s just unacceptable to me. I know we can accomplish that.”

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MISL-Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Sunday 4:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube); Women’s College Basketball: Virginia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera (Saturday 9:45pm from San Antonio live on HBO)

10. David Koechner (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: The Dark World“, “Gravity” and “Nebraska” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Non-Stop” out in theaters (Friday); Canton Irish Stroll (Saturday 1pm Canton Square)

I find David Koechner to be a humorous individual.

Also, I might like this t-shirt, you.

9. Eagles (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center); Robin Thicke (Thursday 8pm Patriot Center), Avett Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Young The Giant (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), ZZ Ward (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Nelly’s Echo (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Los Lobos (Friday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Flogging Molly (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Shaggy (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Brett Dennen (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), St. Vincent (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Talib Kweli (Sunday 9pm Howard Theatre); Band of Horses (Thursday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre), Josh Ritter (Friday & Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Beck “Morning Phase” and The Fray “Helios” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I wish I could tell you I’d be in Fairfax Friday night. I fully support this tour.

Not familiar with OCMS? You probably know more about them than you think.

Couple of good shows in Charm City this week as well.

ZZ Ward is just so marvelous.

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Morgan continues MEAC play Monday night at UMES

Posted on 16 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Monday, Feb.17, 2014

Opponent: Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (4-18, 2-8 MEAC)
Site: W.P.Hytche Athletic Center, Princess Anne, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (137-113 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Morgan State Bears, winners of three of its last four games, visit Princess Anne, Md. to take on the Fighting Hawks of Maryland Eastern Shore (4-18, 2-8 MEAC) on Monday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first and only meeting of the regular season between the Bears and Hawks.

SCOUTING MD-EASTERN SHORE
The Hawks welcomed back seven veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted an 2-26 overall record, and finished in 13th place in the MEAC stadnings. Hakeem Baxter is the Hawks leading scorer by averaging 15.4 ppg. Kyree Jones is the only other Hawk scoring in double-figures (14.7 ppg) and he’s averaging 2.5 assists per game. Troy Snyder leads UMES on the glass by averaging 5.7 rebounds per contest. Frankie Allen enters his 7th season as the Hawks’ head coach where he currently holds a 38-130 record (.226 winning pct.). Troy Snyder exploded for 34 points and 14 rebounds, both season highs, in helping Maryland-Eastern Shore score 59 second-half points and beat Howard 87-73 on Saturday. Hakeem Baxter added 22 points and Louis Bell 15 for the Hawks, who broke a three-game losing streak.

LAST TIME VS. THE HAWKS
March 2, 2013 – Shaquille Duncan matched his career-high with 17 points and the Bears outscored Md-Eastern Shore 38-26 in the second half to cruise to a 58-45 victory at Hill Field House. Duncan finished the game shooting 7 of 9 from the floor with three blocked shots and a couple of sensational dunks. DeWayne Jackson had another solid all-around performance today. The senior finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He also added three blocked shots to help the Bears to extend to its third straight win, and its sixth victory in seven games.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Hawks for the 82nd meeting between the two. Morgan State holds a 49-32 advantage, however the Bears have won the last two meetings. Todd Bozeman holds a 9-3 record against the Hawks since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Thru 22 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.9 ppg (No. 2 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.0 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.1 points and leads the squad averaging 6.8 rpg (No. 6).

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 recently scored 23 points and moved in front of Damone Williams (1,207 pts – 1986-90) as the school’s No. 15 leading scorer with 1,215 career points.

POUNDING THE PAINT

Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through 10 conference games, MSU leads the MEAC averaging 75 points per game, including 15 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint at Hampton (1/20), and 42-20 advantage at Coppin State (2/10).

THEIVES IN THE NIGHT

Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.1 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.4 – No. 10). Morgan State is also No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 7 steals per game.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT

Ian Chiles and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 22 games Chiles is shooting 54.3 pct (ranks No. 6 in MEAC), while frontcourt teammate Heath is shooting 54.2 pct.  The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.421).

WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY

Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 9 blocked shots against Norfolk State on Feb. 8. He’s currently ranked T-No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 3.0 rejections per contest (68) and now has 167 career blocks.
THE ALMOST-TRIPLE-DOUBLE

Despite the loss against Norfolk State (Feb. 8), Ian Chiles had a strong effort and came close to finishing with the oh so rare — triple-double. “Big Slew” completed the night with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and notched a career-high nine blocked shots … one rejection short a triple-double.
THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY

In the first 10 conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 455 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 316 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Coppin State, the trio accounted for 61 of the Bears’ 82 points with Black and Chiles leading the way with 23 apiece. The trio has totaled 989 of the team’s 1,565 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Tennis-ATP Tour U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (Friday 8pm Saturday 6pm Sunday 4pm from Memphis live on Tennis Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Duke (Monday 7pm from Durham, NC live on ESPN2); Soccer: Russia @ Team USA Women (Wednesday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on USSoccer.com)

10. Top Shelf Comedy Tour feat. Bruce Bruce/Earthquake/Gary Owen (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Ralphie May (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Katt Williams (Saturday & Sunday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Godfrey (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Sex At The Zoo (Friday 6pm Maryland Zoo); Cecily Strong/Mike O’Brien (Sunday 8pm Stevenson University); Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Charm City); RoboCop (Wednesday) and “About Last Night (Friday) out in theaters

I apparently made a mistake and included Cecily Strong last week instead of this week. “Oh no, more Cecily Strong in T10BD? That’s terrible” said no one in response.

O’Brien has actually had some nice highlights in his first year as a player as well.

9. Kanye West (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); JJ Grey & Mofro (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Johnny Winter Band (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm Rams Head on Stage); Rebelution (Thursday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Umprhey’s McGee (Saturday & Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Dru Hill (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Delta Rae (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Eddie From Ohio (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Tuesday 7pm Lincoln Theatre), Jennifer Nettles (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre), Bob Weir & Ratdog (Monday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Lake Street Drive (Wednesday 7pm The Hamilton); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Saturday 7:30pm Carroll Arts Center); Eric Church “The Outsiders” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Dru Hill was so much more important to my childhood than I should ever admit.

Delta Rae is freaking wonderful. Here’s a night I saw them at Rams Head Live and FELL IN STINKING LOVE.

You might not be familiar with Lake Street Dive. But perhaps you’ve seen this wonderful video.

I saw Sister Sparrow in Brooklyn during Super Bowl week. They played Led Zeppelin IV in its’ entirety. I’m certainly glad they did.

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MEAC season continues for Coppin Saturday against UMES

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Sterling Smith’s most memorable moment of the season occurred on Sunday, Nov. 10 in front of family and friends. They watched as Smith dropped 21 points under the bright lights to help Coppin State beat Oregon State, 78-73, in one of the biggest wins in school history.

Since Smith exudes a laid-back California-cool personality off the court, he was pretty nonchalant following the victory. That demeanor is a stark contrast to the angry pit-bull like attitude and competitive fierceness he displays during games and the sheer intensity he shows in practice.

Last week, Smith displayed a different emotion, rage. He wasn’t excited about his career-high 24-point performance because it came in an overtime loss to Hampton, 79-76. Smith loves his family and winning.

While he looks forward to seeing his family and spending time with them, Smith is not exactly counting down the days to his next scheduled visit to the West Coast them during spring break. That’s because the Chino (Calif.) native hopes his plans include practicing for a NCAA tournament game that week.

With seven regular games remaining for Coppin State beginning Saturday at Maryland-Eastern Shore (4:00 p.m.), Smith knows there’s plenty of work to be done to help create a special memory that would surpass the thrill of the Oregon State game. Then his family can come see him play in an NCAA tournament game.

“It was cool to play in front of a lot of family members and friends when we played California and Oregon State,” Smith said. “I usually get home about twice a year. Once in the summer and during spring break. Hopefully, we’re playing during that week. I was able to spend time with my family when we went out to California and that was cool. The Oregon State game really boosted my confidence. To have such a big game against a big school really helped me out a lot.”

Smith’s game has been hot recently. He has developed into a rebounding machine. Only a sophomore, the 6 foot, 4 inch Smith has the potential to do some good things by the time he finishes his Coppin State career. Smith has grabbed 26 rebounds combined over the Eagles’ last three games, including nine each against Hampton and Delaware State.

Smith is the Eagles version of a Swiss-army knife because he’s third on the team in scoring (11.4 points per game), and rebounding (4.3 per game). Smith is third on the team in assists with 43 and blocked shots with six. He also leads the Eagles in steals with 29 and is second with 37 made 3-pointers. He does it all. Lately, he’s been focusing on rebounding because that’s what has been needed. For the season, Smith has scored in double figures 12 times and made at least one 3-pointer in 17 games.

“I always had a knack for the ball,” Smith said. “Coach (Ron “Fang” Mitchell) had a team meeting to let us know that rebounding wasn’t our strong suit, so he told us that we had to pick it up especially among the starters. I kind of took it upon myself to do that and get a lot of more boards. I feel like if I am not scoring that I can be more effective in other ways. I can always help the team out.”

His maturity, confidence and leadership have been a huge help to the Eagles this season. Smith is a smooth shooter when he’s in rhythm and has his legs under him. Smith prepped for a larger role this season by spending plenty of time in the gym with senior guard Andre Armstrong. They were like a new and improved version of Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes from “White Men Can’t Jump” as they drove up and down the East Coast playing in as many pick-up games as possible.

Armstrong and Smith are a pair of lethal wing players that can shoot holes through any zone defense in the world when they’re locked and loaded.

“I really worked hard over the summer because I wanted to make a difference next year,” Smith said. “Coming out of high school, I didn’t have a Division I scholarship, so I went to Redemption Christian in New York. I was playing in a tournament in New Jersey and coach Fang saw me. When I came here to Coppin State for my visit, I saw that it was a family environment, everybody was welcoming and it was a nice campus.”

Smith is still a relative newcomer to hoops. Growing up the future secret service agent loved soccer. He eventually gave up his dreams of being the next Pele in sixth grade when his dad got him into basketball. Smith was a quick learner and developed a reputation in high school for lighting up scoreboards. He is thankful to be at Coppin State. More importantly, Smith is a member of the Dean’s List and will graduate next May with his degree in criminal justice.

“Graduating in three years mean a lot to me,” Smith said. “I would be the first one in my house to get a degree.”

That’s another special moment Smith will be able to share with his family.

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Former assistant Allen brings UMES to UMBC Monday night

Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff

In-state rivals UMBC and UMES meet for the first time since 2005 in the Retrievers’ final home game prior to four straight on the road. The game also features teacher versus student as former UMBC assistant and Howard head coach Frankie Allen returns to the RAC Arena to match up against his former player/assistant Aki Thomas. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  After playing an NCAA-record tying four consecutive overtime games, UMBC (2-5) has shot under 30 percent from the floor combined in losses at Navy and Towson. Senior wing Chase Plummer scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game at Towson on Nov. 26 and led the visitors with 17 points. He needs two points to become the 15th Retriever to score 1,100 in a career. Freshman guard Rodney Elliott continues to lead the Retrievers in scoring, now at 13.4 points per game.

HAWK UPDATE:  UMES (2-3) is 2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road this season. In their last outing, the Hawks dropped a 67-59 decision at Navy on Nov. 26. Guards KyRee Jones (18.3 ppg) and Hakeem Baxter (15.0 ppg) form a dynamic backcourt. Jones, who led UMES with 16 points at Navy, has buried 14 treys in four outings to date. UMES defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 78-71 on Nov. 20.

 

A LOOK BACK: The last time these teams met, current assistant coach and then-senior forward John Zito posted scored 23 points and added 14 rebounds as host UMBC opened the 2005-06 season with a 75-65 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Zito had secured his third career double-double by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

 

UMES took its final lead at 42-41 on an Antonio McMillion three-pointer with 13:41 to play. But then UMBC went on a decisive 14-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 55-42 lead with 9:34 to play.  Current assistant coach and then freshman guard Jay Greene made his UMBC debut Greene by tallying 16 points, including 10-of-10 from the charity stripe, all in the second half.

 

UMES head coach Frankie Allen spent three years on the bench at UMBC, culminating in the Retrievers’ NCAA appearance in the 2007-08 season. Allen and Aki Thomas shared the sidelines that season as Thomas made his debut on the coaching staff during that historic run for the Retrievers.

 

UP NEXT:  UMBC has a busy week, travelling to Pittsburgh for a Dec. 4 match-up at Duquesne, before heading back to Pennsylvania for a Dec. 7 contest at Lehigh.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Tennis-The Dream Cup Barbados (Friday & Saturday 6pm from Bridgetown, Barbados live on ESPN3.com); Running: Baltimore City Turkey Trot 5K (Thursday 8:30am Druid Hill Park)

10. The Bridge (Wednesday 9pm Rams Head Live); Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale (Wednesday 8pm 8×10 Club); Charm City Devils/The Brian Jack Memorial Concert (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Herman’s Hermits (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Alice Smith (Friday 7:30pm Howard Theatre), Kelly Rowland (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Rob Zombie (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Friday -Sunday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); MGMT (Tuesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Brian Setzer Orchestra (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Michael McDonald (Saturday 8pm Strathmore); Foxes (Saturday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Billie Joe & Norah “Foreverly” and M.I.A. “Matangi” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Baltimore is better when The Bridge is together.

I saw CCD do a tribute to Brian Jack at the Recher Theatre a year or so ago. Baltimore rock and roll isn’t as great without him.

I’m going to try to get to the Sunday Preservation Hall show. I could listen to them play Christmas tunes all month.

You know what? Same thing with Michael McDonald. Judge away.

9. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Thursday 9am from New York live on NBC); Bobcat Goldthwait (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Donnell Rawlings (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Despicable Me 2“, “Red 2” and “Jobs” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Frozen” and “Homefront” out in theaters (Friday)

I’d be more excited about flicks coming out, but none of them are ‘The Wolf of Wall Street”. There isn’t a movie I want to see more than “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

Other than maybe this.

Also because Kate Bosworth is in “Homefront”, this photo of Kate Bosworth’s legs is relevant.

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UMBC announces 2013-14 basketball schedule

Posted on 05 September 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC and the America East Conference released their non-conference and league men’s basketball schedules respectively, with the Retrievers slated to host 13 contests during the 2013-14 campaign.

Head Coach Aki Thomas’ squad will open the campaign on Friday, Nov. 8 when they travel across the country to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe. The Retrievers return to Baltimore for the home opener on Monday, Nov. 11, when UMBC welcomes Eastern (Pa.) University to the RAC Arena for the second consecutive year.

UMBC will then begin a stretch of six consecutive games versus local rivals. After a Nov. 14 date at American, UMBC returns home for back-to-back contests. On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Retrievers host Mount St. Mary’s and three days later, Loyola (Md.) invades the RAC Arena for a mid-week affair.

The Retrievers will renew a rivalry with Navy and play in the Mids in Annapolis in the first game of a home-and-home series onSaturday, Nov. 23. The two teams have not faced off since the 2005-06 campaign. UMBC concludes the month with a game at Towson on Nov. 26 and opens December with a home date versus UMES, coached by former Retriever assistant coach Frankie Allen, on Monday, Dec. 2.

UMBC then commences a four-game road trip, starting with a Dec. 4 date at Duquesne and concluding with a Dec. 21 contest at George Washington. The Retrievers conclude the non-conference schedule on Monday, Dec. 30 as Navy visits the RAC Arena for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

“We are playing what I feel to be a very competitive non-conference schedule,” said Thomas. “It will prepare us for a very strong America East. I really enjoy playing against local rivals like Towson, Loyola, Mount St. Mary’s, Coppin State and Navy. Those are really fun and competitive games for players and fans.”

The Retrievers tip off the 2014 America East slate at league newcomer UMass Lowell on Sunday, Jan. 5 and play their league home opener against Maine on Saturday, Jan. 11. The black and gold have a pair of three-game homestands in league play, highlighted by back-to-back games versus league heavyweights Vermont (Sat., Jan. 18) and Stony Brook (Mon., Jan. 20).

UMBC completes the regular season at Hartford on Sunday, March 2, and will travel to Albany, N.Y. to open the 2014 America East Tournament at SEFCU Arena on Saturday, March 8.

Notes: UMBC’s trip to Arizona State is its furthest, distance-wise, since the 2005-06 Retrievers traveled to California to face San Diego State and Long Beach State… Arizona State and new America East member UMass Lowell are the lone first-time opponents for UMBC in 2013-14… The Retrievers have only faced one other PAC-12 team in its history, as they faced a Jason Kidd-led California squad in the 1993-94 season… The Retrievers take on two former members of their 2007-08 America East championship coaching staff, with games versus Eastern (Nate Stewart) and UMES (Frankie Allen)… The game is UMBC’s first against UMES since 2005-06… Mount St. Mary’s makes their first trip to the RAC since the 2002-03 campaign, UMBC’s final year in the Northeast Conference… UMBC will face Towson (Retrievers’ most frequently-played opponent) for the 57th time in the Retrievers’ 45th year of competition vs. all varsity squads… Four home dates for the squad are nightcaps of double-headers with the women’s squad (Nov. 11 vs. Eastern, Nov. 20 vs. Loyola (Md.), Jan. 11 vs. Maine, Jan. 25 vs. Hartford)… All television dates will be announced at a later date.

2013-14 UMBC Men’s Basketball Schedule

November
Fri. 8 at Arizona State, TBA; Mon. 11 Eastern (Pa.) 7:30 p.m.; Thu. 14 at American, TBA; Sun. 17 Mount St. Mary’s, 2:00 p.m.; Wed. 20 Loyola (Md.) 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 23 at Navy, TBA; Tues., 26 at Towson, 7:30 p.m.

December
Mon. 2 UMES 7:00 p.m.; Wed. 4 at Duquesne 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 7 at Lehigh TBA; Wed. 11 at Coppin State TBA; Sat. 21 at George Washington TBA; Mon. 30 Navy 7:00 p.m.

January
Sun. 5 at UMass Lowell, TBA; Wed. 8 at Albany, TBA; Sat. 11 Maine 3:30 p.m.; Wed. 15 at New Hampshire TBA; Sat. 18 Vermont 2:00 p.m.; Mon. 20 Stony Brook TBA; Sat. 25 Hartford 3:30 p.m.; Wed. 29 at Binghamton TBA

February
Sat. 1 at Maine, TBA; Wed. 5 New Hampshire 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 8 UMass Lowell, 2:00 p.m.; Wed. 12 Albany TBA; Sat. 15 at Vermont TBA; Wed. 19 at Stony Brook TBA; Sat. 22 Binghamton 7:00 p.m.

March
Sun. 2 at Hartford TBA; Sat. 9-Sun. 10 America East Conference Tournament*; Sat. 16 America East Championship Game !
*at SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.
! at higher seed

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Morgan plays host to UMES Satuday

Posted on 01 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Opponent: Md-Eastern Shore Hawks
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m.
Record:  MSU 11-14 (7-6); UMES 2-22 (2-11)
Series Record: MSU leads 48-32
Last MSU Win: 87-55 (A) Feb. 16, 2013
Last UMES Win: 58-57 (A) (Feb. 25, 2012)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (121-99 – 7th yr)

Winners in five of its last six games played to climb above .500 in conference play, Morgan State will host Md-Eastern Shore in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Hill Field House. The Bears, one of the hottest teams in the MEAC, will enter the contest coming off an 86-68 home win against Coppin State. Sophomore guard Blake Bozeman led the way with a career-high 16 points and eight assists. UMES suffered a 49-45 loss at Howard, dropping its ninth game in 10 outings. Dominique Cowell and Louis Bell paced the Hawks with 14 points apiece.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home games and most MSU road games by its opponents.

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
MSU men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, or any of the other MSU athletics programs on Twitter through the handle @MorganStBears.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 102.

• Morgan State defeated High Point in large part as a result of collecting16 offensive rebounds that led to 24 second chance points.

• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he currently ranks No. 9 in school history with 526 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 10-14 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 25 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (337-573 FT).

• The Bears, who held UMES to 4 of 22 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 68 points and opponents are shooting 30 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 59.7 percent against Md.-Eastern Shore, including a season best 63.6 percent from 3-point territory, with 12 steals and nine blocked shots.

• Justin Black has scored 352 points in 25 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.1 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 is currently leads the team in scoring.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 163 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 3 (No. 2 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 24 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (44) in the MEAC by averaging 2.0 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 eight different lineups this season, but Coach Bozeman has used a lineup 12 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 505 career points and 92 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.8 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. UMES
February, 16, 2013 – Justin Black scored 18 points, DeWayne Jackson had 17 points and Morgan State easily handled Maryland-Eastern Shore in an 87-55 rout on Saturday. It was the most points scored by the Bears since posting 91 points against Coppin State on February 22, 2012. MSU also posted their largest margin of victory since handing Coppin State a 29-point loss last week. Ian Chiles finished with 12 points and a career-high six blocked shots for the Bears. Anthony Hubbard had 11 points and Donte Pretlow added 10 points.

SCOUTING THE HAWKS
The Hawks welcome back five veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 7-23 overall record, finished 12th in the MEAC with a 4-12 ledger. Kevin Mays leads the Hawks in scoring and rebounding by averaging 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Troy Snyder (11.6 ppg) is the only other player averaging double-figures for the Hawks. Head coach Frankie Allen (Roanoke College ’71) enters his fifth season as the Hawks’ head coach and he currently holds a 34-95 (.269) record.

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.

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
Ian Chiles is another Bear that possesses a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 9 in the conference with his .526 field-goal percentage and is No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.8 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranks No. 9 in assists at 3.1 per game and No. 6 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

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 (1,499, 526 rebs., 165 asts) needs 12 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, Willis Turnipseed played at City 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 (121-99) after 220 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 25 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 14.1 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.7 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 13.7 points (ranked No. 7), 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 20 blocks. He has recorded 22 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19, 2012).

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.4 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 21 of 25 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

UP NEXT
MSU will return to Hill Field House for its final two MEAC games of the season when they host Delaware State on Monday, March 4th and conclude the regular season with a matchup against Florida A&M on Saturday, March 7th.

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Morgan looks for third straight win Saturday at UMES

Posted on 15 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Feb. 16 2013
Opponent: Md-Eastern Shore Hawks
Site: Hytche Athletic Center, Princess Anne, Md.
Game Time: 4 p.m.
Internet Radio: HSRN.com
Record:  MSU 8-13 (5-5); UMES 1-19 (1-8)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (118-98 – 7th yr)

Morgan State will head to Princess Anne (Md.) to take on Md-Eastern Shore on Saturday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The Bears will enter the game coming off back-to-back road wins at Coppin State (80-51) and Monday night at Howard (53-51). Ian Chiles led MSU over the Bison by matching his career-high with 16 points, seven boards and three rebounds. UMES lost its seventh straight following an 85-63 at Norfolk State on Monday night. Kevin Mays paced the Hawks with 20 points. The meeting with UMES will be the 80th all-time between the schools, with the Bears leading the head-to-head series, 47-32.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 100.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 8-13 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 21 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (289-498 FT).

• The Bears, who held Coppin State to 3 of 19 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 69 points and opponents are shooting 30 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 295 points in 21 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.0 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 8 of the last 13 games and ranks No. 9 in the MEAC in scoring at 14.0 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 159 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 1 (No. 1 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 28 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 2.1 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 nine 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 464 career points and 81 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT VS. UMES
February, 25, 2012 – Justin Black grabbed a long rebound and raced coast to coast for a layup and was fouled by Mark Robertson with 11.7 seconds left. Black’s free throw gave the Bears a 57-56 lead.  On the ensuing possession, Woods penetrated the lane and was fouled with 8.9 second remaining. Woods stepped up and hit both free throws to help seal a 58-57 win. MSU’s last shot attempt by Black ended up rimming out as UMES fans flooded the floor in excitement. It was the first time since the 2001-02 season the Bears have been swept by MD-Eastern Shore.  Mark Robertson scored a career-high 22 points, including 7 of 13 3-pointers, to lead the Hawks.

SCOUTING THE HAWKS
The Hawks welcome back five veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 7-23 overall record, finished 12th in the MEAC with a 4-12 ledger. Mike Phillips leads the Bison in scoring and rebounding by averaging 12.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Calvin Thompson (11.2 ppg) is the only other player averaging double-figures for the Bison. Head coach Frankie Allen (Roanoke College ’71) enters his third season as the Hawks’ head coach and he currently holds a 35-108 (.324) record.

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 (1,451, 499 rebs., 159 asts) needs 50 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, Willis Turnipseed played at City 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 .546 (118-98) after 216 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 19 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.0 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 14.0 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.0 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 14.0 points (ranked No. 4), 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 16 blocks. He has recorded 19 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 15 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 18 of 21 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds per game last season.

UP NEXT
The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they travel to Dover to face Delaware State on Feb. 18th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall.

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