Loyola Marymount Visits Morgan Wednesday Night

December 20, 2011 | WNST Staff

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
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 103-72/6th
Career Record: 138-134  
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
 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.
• 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.

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.
• 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.
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.