Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
Opponent: No. 10/12 Oregon (11-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Site: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon
Game Time: Noon (PST)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (131-108 – 8th yr)
BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State (3-8) continues the 2013-14 campaign at Oregon on Sunday for the second of a three-game west coast swing. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to rebound from a tough 86-80 loss Friday night at Cal State Northrdige. Sunday night’s contest will mark the first basketball meeting between the teams.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
The Ducks welcomed back six veterans, including a pair of starters, from a squad that posted a 28-9 overall record and went 12-6 in the Pac-12. Joseph Young leads the Ducks by averaging 19.8 ppg and is shooting 53 percent (71-133) from the field. Mike Moser leads Oregon on the boards (7.5 rpg), in blocks (1.3), and also averages 14.6 ppg. Other Ducks averaging double-figures are Jason Calliste (12.5 ppg), Damyean Dotson (11 ppg) and Elgin Cook (10.1 ppg). Dana Altman enters his fourth season as Oregon’s head men’s basketball coach and currently holds a 84-37 record (617-304 overall). The No. 13 Ducks beat Brigham Young 100-96 in overtime after a furious second-half comeback on Dec. 21st.
Jason Calliste scored a career-high 31 points for the Ducks (11-0) and Joseph Young had 25 points. All-America candidate Tyler Haws led the Cougars (8-5) with 32 points, and Kyle Collinsworth added 15 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
MSU’S LAST TIME OUT
Dec. 27, 2013 — Stephen Maxwell and Josh Greene scored 28 points apiece to carry Cal State Northridge to an 86-80 win over Morgan State on Friday night. The Matadors (8-5) struggled from the foul line until the end of the game, hitting 12 of 14 free throws in the final 96 seconds. Prior to that they were 12 of 23. While Maxwell was scoring a career-high and grabbing 12 rebounds, teammate Stephan Hicks was held to 10 points, more than eight below his average, but he grabbed 11 boards.
Justin Black led the Bears (3-8) with 24 points, 17 in the second half to keep the game close. Ian Chiles had 19 points, Blake Bozeman 15 with five 3’s, and Anthony Hubbard 13 with 11 rebounds. When Greene hit two free throws at the 1:36 mark, Northridge led 76-66. Black’s jumper and 3-pointer, in a 7-0 run, made it 76-73 15 seconds later.
BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.
MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.
BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.
BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.
BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black recently eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northrdige (12/27) … the senior currently has 1,006 career points.
TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Cedric Blossom are both shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 11 games Chiles is shooting 56.8 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting .547 from the floor.
CHILES STANDS TALL
Redshirt senior Ian Chiles returns as one of the tallest centers in the state of Maryland. The 7-foot-2 senior averaged 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 1.7 bpg last season. The New Jersey native was also one of the most efficient low-post players in the league by shooting 53.5 percent from the field. “Big Slew” used the offseason to improve his strength and conditioning and is expected to be among the most dominant post players in the league. “Slew” is currently averaging 14.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg.
Morgan State has three players on the roster from California. Thair Heath and Hassante Manning are both from Los Angeles, while Rasean Simpson is from San Diego.
After Oregon, the Bears will wrap up its 3-game west coast swing when they tipoff against California-Irvine (Jan. 2).