2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Monday, February 27, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (7-19, 4-10 MEAC) at Delaware State (14-12, 11-3 MEAC)
Dover, Del. – Memorial Hall
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 108-82/6th
Career Record: 143-144
Basketball SID: Leonard L. Haynes IV
• Morgan State will face the Delaware State Hornets in a rematch on Monday, Feb. 27 set to tip at 7:30 p.m. MSU will attempt to bounce back its 58-57 loss Saturday at MD-Eastern Shore. Delaware State will look to build upon a 63-46 home victory against Howard.
• MSU’s 91 points against the Eagles were the most points the Bears have scored this season, and also the most points scored by the Bears since defeating Florida A&M 94-68 on Feb. 7, 2010.
• The Bears had four players score in double-figures during their one-point loss at UMES. Aric Brooks and Ian Chiles scored 11 points apiece and Kevin Thompson added 10 and Ameer Ali recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
• Freshman guard Jeremy Canty had a season-high 12 points during the Bears win at Coppin State.
• MSU will look to improve upon a 3-10 road record.
• At UMES, MSU struggled from the free throw line the entire game as they shot just 2 of 19 (47 percent) from the free throw line and was just 2 of 19 (10 percent) from 3-point territory.
• The Bears have used seven (8) different starting lineups in their first 26 games.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 15 of 26 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 9.2 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 25 games, Jackson is averaging 1.8 steals per game (No. 5 in the MEAC), up from 1.4 during the 2010-11. He has recorded 118 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 5-10 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
• Give Todd Bozeman his 109th 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 48th win against Delaware State.
THE SERIES VS. THE HORNETS
• Monday night’s game will be the 88th meeting between Morgan State and DSU in men’s basketball. The Bears hold a 47- 40 advantage in the series
• MSU has won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Hornets.
• MSU’s last time at Memorial Hall – Delaware State defeated the Bears on Jan. 22, 2010. Jay Threat hit two free throws and Casey Walker drained a 3-pointer in the final moments to help Delaware State snap the Bears’ 3-game winning streak with a 70-65 victory Saturday night before a packed crowd at Memorial Hall. Justin Black led the Bears with 14.
NOTE ON THE HORNETS
• DSU has won its last two games, including nine of its last 10 … the one defeat was a 57-56 non-conference loss at Gardner-Webb in a Sears Bracketbusters matchup.
• Junior guard Tahj Tate (Hyattsville, Md.) is among the conference leaders in the scoring department. Tate ranks as the No. 5 leading scorer by averaging 16.1 points per game and is shooting 77.1 percent from the free throw line (No. 7 in MEAC).
• DSU is the league leaders in blocked shots by averaging 6.8 blocks per contest. The Hornets also rank No. 2 in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.351) and No. 6 in field goal percentage (.425).
• The Hornets are 4-7 in road games so far this season, but has gone 4-7 in home contests.
WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Morgan State currently ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in blocked shots by averaging 4.6 blocks per game.
MSU will travel to Tallahassee (Fla.) to take on Florida A&M on Thursday, March 1. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.