Morgan continues homestand Monday against Delaware State

March 03, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game 27
Game Dates: Monday, March 4, 2013
Opponent: Delaware State Hornets
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Record:  MSU 12-14 (8-6); DSU 13-15 (8-6)
Series Record: MSU leads 50-39
Last MSU Win: 73-72 (A) Feb. 27, 2012
Last DSU Win: 52-50 (A) (Feb. 18, 2013)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (122-99 – 7th yr)
Websites: MorganStateBears.com/DSUHornets.com

The Morgan State Bears have won six of its last seven games and cannot afford to have a let down during the final two games of the season. The Bears dropped UMES 58-45 on Saturday and will put its three-game winning streak on the line when they take on a tough Delaware State squad on Monday night. The Hornets improved to 13-15 and 8-6 in the conference after a 56-53 win at Howard. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hill Field House.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
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IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
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BEAR BITS:
• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 103.

• 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. 8 in school history with 533 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 12-14 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 26 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 59 percent (347-588 FT).

• The Bears, who held UMES to 4 of 22 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 67 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 361 points in 26 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 6 (13.9 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 164 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 3 (No. 4 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 23 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (47) 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 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 9.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.7 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. DSU
February, 18, 2013 — The Morgan State Bears came out early with blazing hot shooting and led by as many as 16-points before Delaware State came from behind to hand MSU a 52-50 loss in Dover. After shooting 12 of 24 from the field in the first half, the Bears were a less than impressive 25 percent (6-24) from the floor. The Hornets also got back in the ballgame by scoring 17 points off of MSU turnovers.

SCOUTING THE HORNETS
The Hornets welcome back nine veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 15-14 overall record, finished 3rd in the MEAC with a 12-4 ledger. Tahj Tate leads the Hornets in scoring and assists by averaging 12.7 points and 2.3 assists per game. Marques Oliver (8.6 ppg) leads DSU on the glass averaging 6.7 rpg. While the Hornets absolutely struggles on the offensive end (59.9 ppg) with just one player who’s barely averaging double-figures, they have one of the best defenses in MEAC – limiting opponents to 63 points per game.
Head coach Gregory Jackson (St. Paul’s ’80) enters his 13th season as the Hornets’ head coach and he currently holds a 192-197 (.494) 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 1.7 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranks No. 9 in assists at 3.0 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 (1,514, 533 rebs., 172 asts) needs 19 points to surpass Robert Gordon (1,532 points – 1963-67) to become the school’s No. 6 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 .552 (122-99) after 221 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 26 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 13.9 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.8 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.5 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 13.8 points (ranked No. 7), 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals (ranked No. 4) per game. Jackson has also registered 23 blocks. He has recorded 23 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 14.2 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 21 of 26 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

UP NEXT
MSU will conclude the MEAC regular season when they host the Rattlers of Florida A&M on Thursday, March 7th. The game will also mark “Senior Night” for the Bears.

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