Morgan plays first game of 2014 Saturday against SC State

January 10, 2014 | WNST Staff

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Opponent: South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-9, 1-0 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (131-110 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (3-10, 1-0) begins the calendar year when they host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent South Carolina State on Saturday. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to snap a three-game losing skid. Saturday afternoon’s contest will mark the 72nd basketball meeting between the teams. MSU has won six straight against the Bulldogs since 2010. The Bears are attempting to win its first two league game for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs welcomed back seven veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 6-24 overall record and went 2-14 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Matthew Hezekiah lis the only ‘Dawg averaging in double-figures by leading SCSU averaging 12.9 ppg. Hezekiah is also shooting 57 percent (72-125) from the field.  Darryl Palmer leads SCSU on the boards (6.5 rpg) and is averaging 1.5 blocks per contest with 7.8 points per contest. Jalen White runs the show for SCSU from his point guard position where he’s averaging 5.4 ppg and is dishing out 2.4 assists per game. Murray Garvin (Eastern Kentucky, ’98) enters his first season as SCSU’s head men’s basketball coach. South Carolina State posted their first conference win of the season with an, 78-71, victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore Wednesday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. Senior forward Matthew Hezekiah led the way for the Bulldogs recording his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Adama “Louis” Adams and freshman Jalen White tossed in 14 each in the win.

MSU’S LAST TIME OUT VS. SCSU
bench to score 16 points and Morgan State pulled away in the second half to defeat South Carolina State 61-52 in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.Hubbard scored 11 points in a span of just under 7 minutes midway through the first half to rally the fifth-seeded Bears (15-14). South Carolina State (6-24) went cold after scoring the game’s first 12 points and leading 32-29 at halftime. The 12th-seeded Bulldogs shot 25.7 percent (8 of 31) in the second half, including 1 of 13 from 3-point range after making 4 of 6 first-half 3-pointers. DeWayne Jackson scored 12 points for Morgan State to move into fifth place on the Bears’ career scoring list with 1,549 points. Matthew Hezekiah paced SCSU with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

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 A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB
Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State NorthrIdge (12/27) … Black currently has 1,045 career points.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Thair HeathIan Chiles and Cedric Blossom are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 13 games Heath is shooting 66.7 pct, Chiles is shooting 57.4 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting 54.4 pct. from the floor.

PERFECT STROKE
On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge, Blake Bozeman went 5-10 from downtown on his way to scoring a season-high 15 points. Bozeman’s five three-pointers was the most by a Bear so far this season. The junior guard has connected on 21-of-62 three-pointers (.339 pct; No. 15 in MEAC).

CHILES NAMED “BEST OF 2013″ BY COLLEGE HOOPS DAILY
MSU redshirt senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the “Best of 2013″ All-MEAC Team by CollegeHoopsDaily.com. The website picked the top five players in each conference that stood out during the non-conference slate (click here for the entire team). Chiles finished non-conference action with 15 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and 2.9 blocks per game. The Cliffside Park, N.J. native also finished non-conference action by shooting 56 percent from the field.

HOMECOMING
Morgan State has three players on the roster from California. Thair Heath and Hassante Manning are both from Los Angeles, while Rasean Simpson is from San Diego.

WORKING OVERTIME
The Morgan State Bears are 1-0 in overtime games this season…On Nov. 25 vs. Marist, the Bears posted a 74-67 overtime victory in the consolation round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

HUBBARD SEEING DOUBLE
Anthony Hubbard has recently recorded back-to-back games with double-doubles. On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge with 13 points and 11 rebounds, followed by a 15 points and 11 boards effort at UC Irvine on Dec. 29.

UP NEXT
After SCSU, the Bears will hit the road for the next four games starting with a matchup against Norfolk State on Jan. 18 in Norfolk, Va.

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