Morgan Hosts Hampton In MEAC Title Rematch on MLK Day

January 16, 2012 | WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 15
Monday, January 16, 2012 – 7:02 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (3-11, 1-2 MEAC) vs. Hampton (6-11, 2-2 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
Television: ESPNU
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-76/6th
Career Record: 140-138  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
 
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will attempt to rebound from back-to-back losses when they host the Hampton Pirates. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Monday, Jan. 16th at 7:02 p.m. (ET), and the game will be televised on ESPNU, with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) Derrick Whittenburg (color) calling the action.
BEAR BITS
Hampton will enter Hill Field House attempting to snap a 2-game losing streak, including an 83-66 loss against Coppin State on Saturday night in Baltimore.
 
DeWayne Jackson scored a career-high 33 points, but Kyle O’Quinn scored 25 points as Norfolk State overcame a 17-point second-half deficit and rallied to edge Morgan State 90-89 in double-overtime Saturday.
MSU played in its second game without head coach Todd Bozeman, who was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation stemming from an incident that apparently occurred near the conclusion of the Bears contest at South Carolina State (Jan. 7). Asst. Coach Kevin McClain assumed coaching responsibilities for the team in the interim.
The game will mark the second of a four-game homestand for the Bears.
• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
 Kevin Thompson leads the Bears and ranks among the MEAC leaders in scoring (ranked 8th – 13.4 ppg), rebounding (ranked 3rd – 8.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (ranked 6th – .529).
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 10 of 14 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 45 straight games.
Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.  He currently has 1,363 points and 1,086 rebounds in his career.
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 10.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
 
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
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.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 2-2 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th win as MSU’s head coach.
•   Give the Bears its second home victory of the season.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 141 career wins.
• Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 66-22 (.750) since joining the Bears in 2006.
•   Improve the Bears record to 1-2 under interim head coach Kevin McClain.
CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
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Junior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of pouring in a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14. With 1,006 points, Jackson became the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
NOTE ON THE PIRATES
•  The Pirates game versus MSU marks the back-end  of a three-game road swing.
•  Hampton has lost its last two games, including seven of its last outings.
•  Senior All-MEAC guard Darrion Pellum continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. The senior leads the MEAC in scoring by averaging 17.9 points and is shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from 3-point territory. The Hampton, Va. native is also averaging 3.8 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists.
•  Hampton is among the league leaders in rebounding and are currently ranked No. 5  in the MEAC averaging 35.7 rebounds per game.
 
THE SERIES VS. THE PIRATES
•  Monday night’s game will be the 31st meeting between Morgan State and Hampton. The Pirates hold a 20-10 all-time record against MSU.
 
• The Bears have won three of the last four meeting against the Pirates, although Hampton owns an overall 20-10 record against MSU.
 
•  DeWayne Jackson scored 21 points and Kevin Thompson added 19 points to help knock off Hampton 78-72 at Hill Field House on February 10, 2011.
•  The last time MSU was defeated by the Pirates at Hill Field House was on January 27, 2009 when Brandon Tunnell hit a 3-pointer and free throws down the stretch that helped Hampton secure a 62-57 win in front of 3,976 fans … it marked the first conference loss at Hill Field House in two years.
HAMPTON’S LAST GAME
BALTIMORE, Md. – Hampton could never overcome a rough shooting performance to fall 83-66 to Coppin State at the Physical Education Complex Saturday afternoon.The Pirates (6-11, 2-2 MEAC) were led by seniors Darrion Pellum and Mike Tuitt, who combined for 51 of the Pirates’ 66 points, but it was not enough to hold off a Coppin State team that had four players in double figures. Pellum led the Pirates with 26 points.
BLACK OUT            
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will host the North Carolina A&T Aggies in a conference matchup on Saturday, January 21.

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