Morgan, Coppin Square Off in Baltimore’s Best Rivalry Wednesday Night

February 22, 2012 | WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 25
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (6-18, 3-9 MEAC) at Coppin State (13-13, 8-5 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 107-81/6th
Career Record: 142-143  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will face the Coppin State Eagles in a rematch on Wednesday, Feb. 22 set to tip at 7:30 p.m. MSU will attempt to build upon its victory against Liberty last Saturday at Hill Field House. Coppin State will look to rebound from a 70-66 home loss against Howard.
BEAR BITS
Morgan State’s 81 points against Liberty were the most points the Bears scored in regulation this season.
• Aric Brooks scored 18 points and hot-shooting Morgan State coasted to an 81-69 win over Liberty on Saturday.  DeWayne Jackson and Justin Black each added 15 points for the Bears (6-18), who snapped five-game losing streak.
MSU will look to improve upon a 2-9 road record.
Morgan State will enter Saturday afternoon’s contest having lost six straight, including seven of its last eight games.
• The Bears have used seven (7) different starting lineups in their first 24 games.
 
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 14 of 24 games, and has posted six double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks so far this season.
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
BEARS BID FAREWELL TO FOUR SENIORS
The Morgan State men’s basketball program recognized four seniors who have helped accumulate several lofty achievements during their tenures. PG Larry Bastfield, G/F Aric Brooks, F Ameer Ali and F/C Kevin Thompson will be playing in their final season.
JACKSON RETURNS TO THEFTY WAYS
Nearly all of DeWayne Jackson’s numbers improved this season from last season, with one notable: Steals. Through his first 23 games, Jackson is averaging 1.5 steals per game (No. 5 in the MEAC), up from 1.4 during the 2010-11. He has recorded 112 thefts in his career and collected a career-high 5 steals in the Bears win against Liberty in a Sears Bracketbusters matchup.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 4-9 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 108th victory as MSU’s head coach.
•   Give the Bears its third road victory of the season and its second
conference road win.
•   Give the Bears its 22nd win against Coppin State since 1975.
THE SERIES VS. THE EAGLES
• Wednesday’s game will be the 73rd meeting between Morgan State and Coppin State. The Eagles lead the series 51-21 since 1975, including an 11-game winning streak against the Bears from 1989 to 1994.
•  The Bears have won six of the last eight meetings against the Eagles, however, the Eagles came away with a two-point win in their last contest.
•  The last time MSU defeated the Eagles at  Coppin State was Dec. 5, 2009. The Bears ended up making history by beating the Eagles 80-67 in front of a crowd of 3,189 during the grand opening of the Physical Education Complex (PEC). Reggie Holmes poured in 16 of his game-high 24 points during a second half surge to help Morgan State snap a two-game losing skid and record its fourth consecutive win against the Eagles.
•   The last time MSU defeated the Eagles at  Coppin State was Dec. 5, 2009. The Bears ended up making history by beating the Eagles 80-67 in front of a crowd of 3,189 during the grand opening of the Physical Education Complex (PEC). Reggie Holmes poured in 16 of his game-high 24 points during a second half surge to help Morgan State snap a two-game losing skid and record its fourth consecutive win against the Eagles.
 
NOTE ON THE EAGLES
•   Coppin State has won four  of its last six games, and three of its last four … the last two losses were by four points or less.
 
•  Senior guard Tony Gallo continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. Gallo (5-11) ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in scoring by averaging 16.8 points and is shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from 3-point territory. The Lynn, Mass. native is also averaging 2.8 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists (Ranked No. 7).
 
•   Coppin State is among the league leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (.378), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.687), and is currently ranked No. 1 in scoring offense (73.7 ppg).
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will travel to Princess Anne (Md) to face MD-Eastern Shore on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Hawks defeated MSU 68-56 in their first matchup at Hill Field House on February 11, 2012.

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