Morgan looks for third straight win Saturday at UMES

February 15, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Feb. 16 2013
Opponent: Md-Eastern Shore Hawks
Site: Hytche Athletic Center, Princess Anne, Md.
Game Time: 4 p.m.
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Record:  MSU 8-13 (5-5); UMES 1-19 (1-8)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (118-98 – 7th yr)

Morgan State will head to Princess Anne (Md.) to take on Md-Eastern Shore on Saturday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The Bears will enter the game coming off back-to-back road wins at Coppin State (80-51) and Monday night at Howard (53-51). Ian Chiles led MSU over the Bison by matching his career-high with 16 points, seven boards and three rebounds. UMES lost its seventh straight following an 85-63 at Norfolk State on Monday night. Kevin Mays paced the Hawks with 20 points. The meeting with UMES will be the 80th all-time between the schools, with the Bears leading the head-to-head series, 47-32.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 100.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 8-13 while averaging 67 points and 43 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 21 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (289-498 FT).

• The Bears, who held Coppin State to 3 of 19 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 69 points and opponents are shooting 30 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 53.3 percent against South Carolina State and a season best 65.0 percent from the stripe, with 11 steals versus the South Carolina Gamecocks.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 295 points in 21 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.0 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 8 of the last 13 games and ranks No. 9 in the MEAC in scoring at 14.0 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 159 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 1 (No. 1 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 28 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 4 (36) in the MEAC by averaging 2.1 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 used a lineup nine 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 464 career points and 81 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg.

February, 25, 2012 — Justin Black grabbed a long rebound and raced coast to coast for a layup and was fouled by Mark Robertson with 11.7 seconds left. Black’s free throw gave the Bears a 57-56 lead.  On the ensuing possession, Woods penetrated the lane and was fouled with 8.9 second remaining. Woods stepped up and hit both free throws to help seal a 58-57 win. MSU’s last shot attempt by Black ended up rimming out as UMES fans flooded the floor in excitement. It was the first time since the 2001-02 season the Bears have been swept by MD-Eastern Shore.  Mark Robertson scored a career-high 22 points, including 7 of 13 3-pointers, to lead the Hawks.

The Hawks welcome back five veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 7-23 overall record, finished 12th in the MEAC with a 4-12 ledger. Mike Phillips leads the Bison in scoring and rebounding by averaging 12.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Calvin Thompson (11.2 ppg) is the only other player averaging double-figures for the Bison. Head coach Frankie Allen (Roanoke College ’71) enters his third season as the Hawks’ head coach and he currently holds a 35-108 (.324) 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 (1,451, 499 rebs., 159 asts) needs 50 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 .546 (118-98) after 216 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 19 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.0 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 14.0 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.0 points and 6.9 rebounds on the boards.

Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 14.0 points (ranked No. 4), 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 16 blocks. He has recorded 19 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 18 of 21 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds per game last season.

The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they travel to Dover to face Delaware State on Feb. 18th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall.