Morgan hosts FAMU for Senior Night Thursday

March 06, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game Dates: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Opponent: Florida A&M Rattlers
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Record:  MSU 13-14 (9-6); FAMU 8-21 (5-10)
Series Record: FAMU leads 32-19
Last MSU Win: 74-68 (A) March 1, 2012
Last FAMU Win: 63-59 (A) (Feb. 5, 2011)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (123-99 – 7th yr)

Morgan State has won seven of its last eight games and prepare to close out the regular season on Thursday. The Bears dropped Delaware State 66-47 on Monday and will put its four-game winning streak on the line when they host Florida A&M. The Rattlers fell to 8-21 and 5-10 in the conference after suffering a 69-58 loss at Norfolk State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hill Field House and will mark “Senior Night” for the Bears.

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Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 104.

• 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 535 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 13-14 while averaging 67 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State shot 67.5 percent from the line last season, and so far through the 27 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 59 percent (347-588 FT).

• The Bears, who held Delaware State to 3 of 15 from 3-point range on March 4th in Baltimore, have allowed an average of 66 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 381 points in 27 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 5 (14.1 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 ranks among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 165 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 2 (No. 5 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 22 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (51) in the MEAC by averaging 2.2 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 510 career points and 92 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 8.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.6 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. FAMU
March, 1, 2012 — Morgan State had three players score in double-figures and hit free throws down the stretch to help beat Florida A&M 74-68 at the Al Lawson Center in Tallahassee. Aric Brooks led the Bears with 16 points, while Justin Black had 12 and Shaquille Duncan added 10. Morgan State shot 68 percent (17-25) from the field and hit 3-of-3 3-pointers to help build a 48-35 halftime lead.

SCOUTING THE RATTLERS
The Rattlers welcomed back four veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted a 10-23 overall record, finished 11th in the MEAC with a 6-10 ledger. Jamie Adams leads the Rattlers in scoring and steals by averaging 14.1 points (No. 4 in MEAC) and a league-best 2.0 steals per game. Reggie Lewis is the only other Rattler averaging double-figures (10.8 ppg) and Markee Teal leads FAMU on the glass averaging 5.3 rebounds per game. The Rattlers enter Thursday night’s game averaging 65.3 ppg and ranks No. 2 in the league in steals (8.2 per game). Head coach Clemon Johnson (Florida A&M ’78) is in his 1st season as the Rattlers’ head coach and he currently holds a 8-21 record, and is 46-118 is his sixth year as a head coach.

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.

SENIOR DAY
MSU will say goodbye to senior DeWayne Jackson during a pregame ceremony. The Bowie product will wrap up seasons of impressive work Thursday night when Morgan State and Florida A&M meet in Hill Field House in the 2013 home finale. The 6-foot-8 swingman has been a major contributor at Morgan State where he has won a MEAC Championship, played in the NCAA Tournament and has received a number of postseason honors, including MEAC Rookie of the Year. Jackson is the only player in school history to have the combination of over 1,500 points(1,522 – No. 7), 500 rebounds (535 – No. 8), 150 steals (169 – No. 2) and 150 assists (173).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
Ian Chiles is another Bear that possesses a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 10 in the conference with his .523 field-goal percentage and is No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.6 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranks T-No. 9 in assists at 3.0 per game and No. 6 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

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 (1,522 pts, 535 rebs., 173 asts) needs 11 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 .554 (123-99) after 222 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 27 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 13.6 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 13.6 points (ranked No. 7), 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals (ranked No. 5) per game. Jackson has also registered 24 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 27 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

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