Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
Opponent: High Point (3-5, 0-0 Big South)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
LIVE Internet Stream: www.morganstatebears.com
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (130-107 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.HighPointPanthers.com
BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State (2-7, 1-0 MEAC) continues the 2013-14 campaign at home in a non-conference matchup against the High Point Panthers on Wednesday, December 18th at Hill Field House. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to build upon its 87-58 conference win last week against Howard. Wednesday night’s contest will mark the second basketball meeting between the teams. The Bears recorded a 75-68 win at the Millis Center on Feb. 23, 2013 in the first meeting.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
The Panthers welcomed back eight veterans, including five starters, from a squad that posted a 17-14 overall record and went 12-4 in the Big South. John Brown leads the Panthers by averaging 19.4 ppg and is shooting 58 percent (59-101) from the field. Brown also leads the Panthers on the boards and in blocks — the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 8.8 rebounds per contest and has recorded 13 blocked shots thru the first eight games. Scott Cherry (North Carolina ’93) enters his fifth season as High Point’s head men’s basketball coach where Allan Chaney is the only other Panther who’s scoring in double-figures (15.4 ppg) and he’s also averaging 8.6 rpg. he currently holds a 60-69 record. High Point led by as many as 12 points in the first half but James Madison came out with a dominating effort in the second half to get an 84-69 win over HPU on Saturday night at the Millis Center. Redshirt-freshman John Brown led the Panthers with 17 points and four steals. James Madison’s Charles Cooke led all scorers with 25 points and Andrey Semenov scored 16 points. The Dukes went 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) from the floor in the second half, including 6-for-10 (60.0 percent) from beyond the arc. They outrebounded HPU, 19-11, on the defensive glass in the second half.
LAST TIME OUT VS. HIGH POINT
Feb. 23, 2013 –Justin Black scored 20 points and Blake Bozeman had 13 to lead the Bears to a 75-68 victory over High Point before a packed house at the Millis Center. With the win the Bears improved to 4-1 in ESPN Bracketbuster games since 2009, and snapped the Panthers 7-game winning streak. High Point’s John Brown scored a pair of baskets to lead the Panthers on an 8-0 run and its largest lead of the night at 57-43 with 9:30 remaining. However, the Bears responded with a surge of its own. Black scored on a layup to give the Bears its first field goal in almost four minutes, it was a basket that ended up sparking an electric 25-7 run. Bozeman caught fire hitting three 3-pointers during the stretch and the Bears took its first lead of the night (65-64) when Ian Chiles dropped in a lefty hook with 2:35 to go. Morgan State scored 46 points in the second half and completed the night by outscoring High Point 32-11. John Brown led all scorers with 24 points on 10 of 18 shooting for the Panthers.
BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.
MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.
BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.
BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.
BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black has 959 points for his career and needs just 41 to join the 1,000 points club.
TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Cedric Blossom are both shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first nine games Chiles is shooting 54.7 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting .543 from the floor.
CHILES STANDS TALL
Redshirt senior Ian Chiles returns as one of the tallest centers in the state of Maryland. The 7-foot-2 senior averaged 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 1.7 bpg last season. The New Jersey native was also one of the most efficient low-post players in the league by shooting 53.5 percent from the field. “Big Slew” used the offseason to improve his strength and conditioning and is expected to be among the most dominant post players in the league. “Slew” is currently averaging 13.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg.
After High Point, the Bears will begin a 3-game west coast swing to face California-Northridge (Dec. 27), Oregon (Dec. 29) and California-Irvine (Jan. 2).