Morgan pays visit to North Carolina A&T Saturday

January 26, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
Opponent: North Carolina A&T Aggies
Site: Corbett Sports Center, Greensboro, N.C.
Game Time: 4 p.m.
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (116-95 – 7th yr)

Morgan State (5-10, 2-2) will travel south for a MEAC matchup against the North Carolina A&T Aggies in Greensboro, N.C. The Bears will enter the game coming off of a 73-71 loss at Norfolk State. Justin Black led the Bears with 16 points and eight rebounds. North Carolina A&T (9-10, 2-2) picked up their second straight win on Jan. 19th, beating Howard 61-37 at Corbett Sports Center. Adrian Powell led A&T with 23 points and seven rebounds. The Aggies will host Morgan State following a week of rest. The meeting with N.C. A&T will be the 82nd all-time between the schools, with the Aggies leading the head-to-head series, 48-33.

Bear Bits:

• Six of MSU’s next eight games are away from Hill Field House.

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 98.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 5-10 while averaging 68 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 15 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 59.3 percent (217-366 FT).

• The Bears, who held South Carolina State to 2 of 9 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 73 points and opponents are shooting 33 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 222 points in 15 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 5 (14.8 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 5 of the last seven games.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 151 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 5 (T-No. 15 in the nation). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 41 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks No. 4 (36) in the MEAC by averaging 2.4 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 three times this season that puts DeWayne Jackson at forward with Justin BlackBlake BozemanAnthony Hubbard and Ian Chiles.

• Redshirt junior Ian Chiles, who stand at 7-foot-2, 270-pounds, enters Saturday’s contest with 400 career points and 71 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 8.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg.

• Freshman forward Cedric Blossom scored a season-high 7 points (3-4 FT) with seven rebounds at Norfolk State.

LAST TIME OUT VS. NORTH CAROLINA A&T
January 21, 2012 –  Adrian Powell made a layup with 15 seconds left and North Carolina A&T held on to beat the Bears 62-61 at Hill Field House. Morgan State (4-12, 2-3) 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 The Aggies forced 19 turnovers by the Bears, who had their head coach on the sidelines for the first time in four games.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES
The Aggies welcome back nine veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 12-20 overall record, finished 7th in the MEAC with a 7-9 ledger. Lamont Middleton leads the Aggies averaging 13.1 points and is shooting 40 percent from the field. Adrian Powell (12.7 ppg) and Jean Louisme (10.4 ppg) are also posting double-figures for A&T. Austin Witter is the team’s leading rebounder by averaging 6.6 rpg to go along with 6.2 ppg. Head coach Cy Alexander (Catawba ’75) enters his first season as the Aggies head coach and he currently holds a 353-319 (.525) record in his 24th year of coaching.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

UNFAMILIAR FOES
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).

JACKSON SET TO LEAD
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.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
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.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
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.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,378, 460 rebs., 150 asts) needs 13 points to surpass Lee Cornish (1,390 points – 1963-66) to become the school’s No. 11 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.

HOME GROWN
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 and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .550 (116-95) after 211 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.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
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).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 14 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 15.1 points per game, whileJustin Black is averaging 13.3 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds on the boards

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 14.8 points (ranked No. 5), 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 10 blocks. He has recorded 14 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

CONTROLLING THE GLASS
The Bears have only out-rebounded 5 of their first 15 opponents so far this season. In fact, the Bears have gone 4-1 in the games in which they’ve won the battle on the boards.  MSU’s best rebounding performance was during its season-opening win against UTSA where they held a 52-26 advantage on the glass.

UP NEXT
The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they travel to face North Carolina Central at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 in Durham, N.C.

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