Morgan Hosts MEAC Foe NC A&T Saturday

January 21, 2012 | WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 16
Saturday, January 21, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (4-11, 2-2 MEAC) vs. N.C. A&T (7-12, 2-2 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-74/6th
Career Record: 140-136  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will prepare to host an N.C. A&T Aggies team that has won three of its last four games. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Saturday, Jan. 21st at 4:00 p.m. (ET)
BEAR BITS
N.C. A&T will enter Hill Field House riding a 2-game winning streak, including a 70-65 win against Howard on Monday night in Washington, D.C.
 
Aric Brooks didn’t miss a shot while matching his career high of 18 points and leading the Bears to a 68-56 win over Hampton on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Brooks came off the bench and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.
MSU played in its third 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 third 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 ranks among the MEAC leaders in scoring (ranked 11th – 12.7 ppg), rebounding (ranked 3rd – 8.5 rpg) and field goal pct. (ranked 9th – .514).
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 10 of 15 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 46 straight games.
Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 12.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg. Jackson  is averaging 21 points over the last three games, including a game-high 33 against Norfolk State.
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 9.7 points, 4.4 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.
 
HOME COURT
During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-10 (.821) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a home season finale win against Delaware State on Feb. 23.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 3-2 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
 
•   Give the Bears its third home victory of the season.
•   Improve the Bears record to 2-2 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 1,014 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
NOTE ON THE AGGIES
•  Aggies guard Nic Simpson continues to be one of the top scorers in the league. The senior leads the MEAC in free throw shooting (.871 pct.) and is averaging 11.3 points. The Hampton, Va. native is also shooting .357 from 3-point territory.
•  A&T leads the conference in defensive rebounding (26.0/g) and is currently ranked No. 2  in the MEAC averaging 7.3 3-pointers per game and No. 3 in assists (13.2/g).
•   Marc Hill, a 5-8 senior guard out of Bowie, Md., leads the Aggies in minutes at 25.3 per game. Hill also leads the team in assists (3.7), field goals made (70), field goals attempted (188) and 3-point field goal shooting (.372). Hill has also taken care of the basketball this season. He has 71 assists against just 40 turnovers.
 
THE SERIES VS. THE AGGIES
•  Saturday’s game will be the 81st meeting between Morgan State and N.C. A&T. The Aggies lead the series 47-33 since the 1950-51 season.
 
• Last vs. the Aggies:  Kevin Thompson put in a dominating performance, coming off the bench to pour in a gamer-high 24 points, grab 12 rebounds and blocked three shots to help MSU defeat N.C. A&T, 77-59 in the quarterfinal round of the MEAC Tournament at Joel Coliseum.
 
•  Morgan State has won eight of the last 10 contests against the Aggies.
•  DeWayne Jackson scored 18 points, including the game-winning free throws with 15.5 seconds left, as MSU edged North Carolina A&T 68-66 at Hill Field House on February 1, 2011.
•  The last time MSU was defeated by the Aggies at Hill Field House was on February 20, 2006 when Jason Wills finished the game with 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead A&T to a 56-52 victory. The game was tied 12 times and there were a total of 11 lead changes. MSU guard Joseph McLean finished with 16 points.
N.C. A&T’S LAST GAME
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Aggies posted 70-65 win over Howard at Burr Gymnasium. The win gave the Aggies (7-12, 2-2) their second straight conference win. Adrian Powell finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Austin Witter had four points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.
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 N.C. Central in a conference matchup on Monday, January 23rd. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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