Morgan battles Virginia in Charlottesville Wednesday night

December 19, 2012 | WNST Staff

Wedneday, Dec. 19, 2012
Opponent: Virginia Cavaliers (8-2)
Site: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593), Charlottesville, Va.
Game Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Television: N/A
Internet Broadcast: ESPN3
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (114-89 – 7th yr)
Websites: MorganStateBears.com/Virginiasports.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State will take on the Virginia Cavaliers in a non-conference matchup at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Bears will enter the contest looking to bounce back from a loss at Illinois State in which junior guard Justin Black paced the Bears with 21 points. Virginia (8-2) extended to a 7-game winning streak as a result of a 67-39 home win against Mississippi Valley State. The Bears-Cavaliers game will be streamed live by ESPN3.

Bear Bits:
• An MSU win would give Todd Bozeman his 115th victory in his 204th game as Morgan State’s head coach.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 3-4 while averaging 70 points and 45 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 seven games the Bears are shooting 58 percent (108-185 FT).

• The Bears, who held VMI to 9 of 32 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 74.4 points and opponents are shooting 33 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 52.8 percent at South Carolina and a season best 65.0 percent from the stripe, with 11 steals.

• Anthony Hubbard has scored 109 points in seven games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 3 (15.5 ppg).

• One area where the Bears haven’t been inconsistent is under the basket. Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the league in total rebounding at 34.3 per game, No. 1 in offensive rebounds at 38.9 and No. 1 in field goal percentage at 45.5.

• 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 enters the Virginia game following a career-high 21 points at Illinois State on Sunday.

• Shaquille Duncan played the role of ‘Chairman of the Boards’ at VMI. Seven of Duncan’s game-high 14 rebounds came on the offensive end, and he finished with a career-high 17 points (8-8); both of which were career-highs…he also recorded three blocked shots.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 136 steals with the Bears and needs 19 more steals to move in front of Randy Hampton (108, 1984-88) to become the school’s No. 3 ranked theft artist.  The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is just 52 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

MORGAN STATE VS. THE ACC
Morgan State is 1-13 vs. Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. The Bears registered a historic 66-65 victory at Maryland on January 7, 2009, marking its first and only victory against the ACC. The Bears finished the season with an 23-12 record and won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.

SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
The Cavaliers welcome back eight veterans — four starters — from a squad that posted a 22-10 overall record, finished T-4th in the ACC with a 9-7 ledger, and advanced to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament. Joe Harris leads the Cavaliers averaging 14.8 points and is shooting 43 percent from 3-point territory. Akil Mitchell is also averaging double-figures (13.4 ppg) and leads the squad on the boards with 9.2 rebounds. Head coach Tony Bennett (Green Bay ’92) enters his fourth season as the Cavaliers head coach and he currently holds a 62-43 record.

FIRST THREE PART OF ODU TOURNAMENT
The first three games of the regular season made the Liberty Tax Classic on the Morgan State schedule. The Bears defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio (W 71-59), and fell to Old Dominion (L 72-61), and Holy Cross (L, 74-73) in the event hosted by Old Dominion at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Morgan State senior swingman DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Liberty Tax Classic All-Tournament Team as a result of his performance during a weekend in which he averaged 14 points, 5.7 rebounds 3.7 assists with three steals.

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).

ROAD WARRIORS
Morgan State, which played its first six games on the road, has won 17 of its past 29 games held away from Hill Field House, including a 1-2 mark on neutral courts. The Bears finished 5-10 in true road contests and 0-3 on neutral floors in 2011-12 and posted a 4-4 road conference ledger, which was its worst mark since Todd Bozeman took over the program in 2006. This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 10 of its first 11 games, including a six-game road trip from Nov. 29-Dec. 29 that features contests in three different time zones. The Bears are guaranteed at least 19 games away from home this season.

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 (1,243, 422 rebs., 133 asts) needs just 27 points to surpass Anthony Young (1,269 points – 1975-79) to become the school’s No. 13 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 .561 (114-89) after 202 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 seven games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game. Anthony Hubbard leads both offensively with 15.6 points per game and on the boards with 7.6 rpg. Justin Black is contributing 13.1 ppg and DeWayne Jackson is averaging 12.4 ppg.

FAST START TO HUBBARD’S JUNIOR SEASON
Junior Anthony Hubbard has provided a consistent scoring presence for Bears in his first season. He currently ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in scoring (15.5) and ranks No. 5 in rebounding (7.3) while also ranking among the top 10 in offensive rebounds (5th, 3.2), defensive rebounds (T-11th, 4.2) and minutes (5th, 34.3) Hubbard has scored 13 or more points in the Bears first six games, including two double-double performances. Hubbard has scored in double-figures in every game so far this season.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING EARLY ON
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet in the early season, averaging 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists (ranked No. 7) and 2.9 steals (ranked No. 1) per game. Jackson has also registered three blocks. He has recorded six double-digit scoring games, including a 15-point effort at VMI (Dec. 1).

THIEVING BEARS
Morgan State’s defense has forced an average of 15.9 turnovers in its first seven games. Morgan State forced 20 turnovers and grabbed 11 steals against the South Carolina Gamecocks (Nov. 16), led by DeWayne Jackson‘s five thefts. Jackson has at least three steals in five of the first seven games this season. Morgan State’s 54 steals (7.7 avg) currently ranks 7th in the MEAC.

UP NEXT
The Bears will travel to face Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27 in Los Angeles, California.

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