Morgan looks for fourth straight win Monday at Delaware State

February 17, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game Dates: Monday, Feb. 18 2013
Opponent: Delaware State Hornets
Site: Memorial Hall, Dover, Del.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Record:  MSU 9-13 (6-5); DSU 11-13 (6-4)
Series Record: MSU leads 49-39
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (119-98 – 7th yr)

Morgan State will head to Dover (Del.) to face Delaware State on Monday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall. The Bears extended to a three-game winning streak following an 87-55 drubbing of the Md.-Eastern Shore Hawks Saturday night at the Hytche Athletic Center. Justin Black led MSU with with 18 points and DeWayne Jackson added 17. Delaware State defeated Coppin State 57-43 at Memorial Hall on Saturday. Tahj Tate paced the Hornets with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. The meeting with Delaware State  will be the 89th all-time between the schools, with the Bears leading the head-to-head series, 49-39.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 101.

• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he recorded seven boards at UMES and currently has 506 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 9-13 while averaging 67 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State, who shot 67.6 percent from the line last season, continues to have hard times from the stripe … through the first 22 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (295-508 FT).

• The Bears, who held UMES to 4 of 22 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 68 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.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 312 points in 22 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.2 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 has been the Bears leading scorer in 9 of the last 14 games scoring at 14.0 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 160 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 3 (No. 2 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 27 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (39) 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 seven different lineups this season, but Coach Bozeman has used a lineup 10 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 478 career points and 87 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 11.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg.

February, 28, 2012 — Ian Chiles broke a 70-70 tie from the free throw line where he made 1 of 2 with 21 seconds left to go. But on the ensuing inbounds, Hornets point guard Jay Threat raced the length of the court, missed a contested layup, only to have it followed up by a dunk by Tahj Tate as fans and his teammates ran on to the court in jubilation. However, 1.1 seconds remained on the clock and in the confusion the officials huddled and decided to access a technical against Delaware State for delay of game. Aric Brooks, Morgan State’s best free throw shooter (.787 pct.), toed the line and hit both free throws as fans stood questioning what had just occurred. The Bears left Memorial Hall with a 73-72 victory.

The Hornets welcome back nine veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 15-14 overall record, finished 3rd in the MEAC with a 12-4 ledger. Tahj Tate leads the Hornets in scoring and assists by averaging 13.2 points and 2.3 assists per game. Marques Oliver (8.3 ppg) leads DSU on the glass averaging 6.5 rpg. Head coach Gregory Jackson (St. Paul’s ’80) enters his 13th season as the Hornets’ head coach and he currently holds a 191-195 (.494) record.

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.

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.

Morgan State will face six teams this season that the program has never met in its basketball history. The first time opponents are: UTSA, Old Dominion, Holy Cross, South Carolina, Illinois State and San Diego. The Bears do not see a familiar foe until the Nov. 29 matchup at Liberty (MSU leads, 1-0), their fifth game of the season. The other five opponents MSU previously has played are University of Virginia (trails, 0-1), Loyola Marymount (leads, 2-0), and Saint Joseph’s (trails, 0-1).

DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. There are seven (7) juniors, four (4) sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

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.

DeWayne Jackson (1,468, 506 rebs., 161 asts) needs 33 points to surpass Harry Johnson (1,500 points – 1958-62) to become the school’s No. 8 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.

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.

Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .548 (119-98) after 217 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.

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).

In the first 22 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.2 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 14.0 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds on the boards.

Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 14.2 points (ranked No. 5), 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 16 blocks. He has recorded 20 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 15 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 19 of 22 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds per game last season.

The Bears will take a break from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they travel to the Tar Heel state on Feb. 23rd for an ESPNU Bracketbusters game at High Point.