Morgan Hosts NC Central Monday Night

January 23, 2012 | WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL

Game 17
Monday, January 23, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (4-12, 2-3 MEAC) vs. N.C. Central (9-9, 3-2 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-75/6th
Career Record: 140-137  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will prepare to host a N.C. Central Eagles team that had a two-game win streak ended at Coppin State. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Monday, Jan. 23rd at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
BEAR BITS

• N.C. Central has the top scoring offense (74.5/g) in the MEAC and the No. 2 ranked scoring defense (64.3/g).
 
• Adrian Powell made a layup with 15 seconds left and North Carolina A&T held on to beat Morgan State 62-61 Saturday. MSU then missed two potential game-winners in the final 14 seconds as Blake Bozeman came up short on a layup and Ian Chiles on a jumper with 2 seconds remaining.
• MSU played in its first game with head coach Todd Bozeman since being suspended after the South Carolina State game on Jan. 7th.
• Monday night’s game will mark the last 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 has scored in double-digits in 10 of 16 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 47 straight games.
• Junior swingman DeWayne Jackson currently leads the team by averaging 13.3 ppg and3.5 rpg. Jackson is averaging 21 points over the last four 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 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 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 46-11 (.807) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a loss against N.C. A&T on Jan. 21.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 3-3 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
 
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th victory as MSU’s head coach.
 
•   Give the Bears its third home victory of the season.
•   Give the Bears its 40th victory against NC Central since 1938.
CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE 1,000 PT CLUB
• 
 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 1,034 points, Jackson is the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
NOTE ON THE EAGLES
•  North Carolina Central had a two game winning streak snapped by Coppin State on Saturday. The Eagles have won two of its last three games, but has lost in three of its last five outings.
•  N.C. Central’s Dominique Sutton is shooting .592 from the field (ranks No.1 in FG Pct. in the MEAC) and averages 15.6 points per game (ranks No. 5 in scoring), followed by Ray Willis (14.4) and Ebuka Anyaorah (10.4).
•  N.C. Central has the top scoring offense in the conference averaging 74.5 points per game, and has the No. 2 ranked scoring defense by limiting opponents to 64.3 points per game.
•  Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman leads the league by averaging 6.2 assists per contest and ranks No.2 with a 2.5 assist/turnover ratio. Chapman recorded a season-high 14 assists versus Barber Scotia College on Nov. 26, 2011.
 
THE SERIES VS. THE EAGLES
• Monday’s game will be the 84th meeting between Morgan State and N.C. Central (formerly known as N.C. College)
 
•  The Eagles lead the series 44-39 since 1938.
•  The last time the Bears played N.C. Central was during the 1979-80 season when the Bears pulled out a 62-61 victory under Coach Gus Guydon.
•  The last time MSU was defeated by the Eagles was during the 1977-78 season when Coach Aaron Johnson’s Bears were dropped 81-73.
N.C. CENTRAL’S LAST GAME
BALTIMORE, Md. – Coppin State’s 12 three-pointers along with senior Michael Harper’s season-high 28 points was all the host Eagles needed to take down North Carolina Central University 77-57 on Saturday afternoon inside the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, Md. Dominique Sutton finished with a team-high 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting along with seven rebounds, a season-high two steals and two blocked shots. Ray Willis ended the night with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
BLACK OUT ENDED                                              
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black was expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a broken foot…he had a screw placed in his talus bone… but his made his return on Jan. 21 against N.C. A&T and finished the game shooting 0 for 5 from the floor with two assists in 10 minutes. Black had 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…he is currently averaging 6.0 ppg and 1.7 rpg.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will head south for a conference matchup against Norfolk State on Saturday, January 28th. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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