Morgan aims to bounce back Saturday at Hampton

January 18, 2013 | WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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