Morgan aims to sweep rival Coppin Wednesday night

February 26, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game Dates: Monday, Feb. 27 2013
Opponent: Coppin State Eagles
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Record:  MSU 10-14 (6-6); CSU 6-22 (3-10)
Series Record: MSU trails 23-51
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (120-99 – 7th yr)

Morgan State will host cross-town rival Coppin State on Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hill Field House. The Bears have won 4 of its last five games, and will enter the contest coming off a 75-68 Bracketbusters win against the High Point Panthers. Justin Black led the way with 20 points and Blake Bozeman recorded his first double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Coppin State snapped a 7-game losing streak by handing the Howard Bison a 63-56 loss in Washington, D.C. Michael Murray paced the Eagles with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 101.

• 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. 10 in school history with 519 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 10-14 while averaging 67 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 24 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (319-532 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.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 339 points in 24 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 7 (13.7 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 ranks No. 5 in the MEAC by averaging 14.1 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 162 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 25 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (41) 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 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 495 career points and 91 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.8 bpg.

February, 9, 2013 — Junior guard Justin Black had a career-high 23 points with six assists to help lift the Bears to 80-51 win at the Physical Education Complex.  The victory snapped the Bears’ 3-game losing streak, and handed Coppin State its fifth consecutive loss. Morgan State held a 14-9 lead (14:39) before stepping on the accelerator.  The Bears took complete control of the game by outscoring the Eagles 30-7, punctuated by a three-pointer by Black at the buzzer to give the Bears a 46-18 halftime lead.

The Eagles welcome back five veterans, including zero starters, from a squad that posted a 14-16 overall record, finished 6th in the MEAC with a 9-7 ledger. Michael Murray leads the Eagles in scoring and rebounding by averaging 12.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Troy Franklin (11.8 ppg), Andre Armstrong (10.9 ppg) and Patrick Cole (10.4 ppg) are also averaging double-figures for the Eagles. Head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell (Edison State ’84) enters his 27th season as the Eagles head coach and he currently holds a 415-394 (.513) record.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

DeWayne Jackson (1,485, 519 rebs., 164 asts) needs 26 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.

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.

Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .547 (120-99) after 219 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.

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).

In the first 24 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 6.9 rebounds on the boards.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season title may be out of reach for Morgan State, but despite being out of the race Coach Todd Bozeman‘s team appears to be improving and gaining momentum. The Bears have won 4 of its last five games and will finish the regular season with four games against teams with a combined record of 27-76 (.262).  With top teams like Norfolk State, N.C. Central and Savannah State drawing the majority of the attention, it’s easy to see how the Bears can be lost under the radar with a record of 10-14. Morgan State will certainly be a team to watch as we draw closer to the 2013 MEAC Tournament.

Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.6 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 21 of 24 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

The Bears will return to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play when they host rival Md-Eastern Shore on Saturday, March 2nd  Tip-off at Hill Field House is scheduled for 4 p.m.