Morgan plays host to UMES Satuday

March 01, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Opponent: Md-Eastern Shore Hawks
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m.
Record:  MSU 11-14 (7-6); UMES 2-22 (2-11)
Series Record: MSU leads 48-32
Last MSU Win: 87-55 (A) Feb. 16, 2013
Last UMES Win: 58-57 (A) (Feb. 25, 2012)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (121-99 – 7th yr)

Winners in five of its last six games played to climb above .500 in conference play, Morgan State will host Md-Eastern Shore in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Hill Field House. The Bears, one of the hottest teams in the MEAC, will enter the contest coming off an 86-68 home win against Coppin State. Sophomore guard Blake Bozeman led the way with a career-high 16 points and eight assists. UMES suffered a 49-45 loss at Howard, dropping its ninth game in 10 outings. Dominique Cowell and Louis Bell paced the Hawks with 14 points apiece.

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Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 102.

• Morgan State defeated High Point in large part as a result of collecting16 offensive rebounds that led to 24 second chance points.

• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he currently ranks No. 9 in school history with 526 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 10-14 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 25 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (337-573 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.

• Justin Black has scored 352 points in 25 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.1 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 is currently leads the team in scoring.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 163 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 24 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (44) in the MEAC by averaging 2.0 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 eight different lineups this season, but Coach Bozeman has used a lineup 12 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 505 career points and 92 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.8 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. UMES
February, 16, 2013 – Justin Black scored 18 points, DeWayne Jackson had 17 points and Morgan State easily handled Maryland-Eastern Shore in an 87-55 rout on Saturday. It was the most points scored by the Bears since posting 91 points against Coppin State on February 22, 2012. MSU also posted their largest margin of victory since handing Coppin State a 29-point loss last week. Ian Chiles finished with 12 points and a career-high six blocked shots for the Bears. Anthony Hubbard had 11 points and Donte Pretlow added 10 points.

SCOUTING 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. Kevin Mays leads the Hawks in scoring and rebounding by averaging 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Troy Snyder (11.6 ppg) is the only other player averaging double-figures for the Hawks. Head coach Frankie Allen (Roanoke College ’71) enters his fifth season as the Hawks’ head coach and he currently holds a 34-95 (.269) record.

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.

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
Ian Chiles is another Bear that possesses a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 9 in the conference with his .526 field-goal percentage and is No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.8 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranks No. 9 in assists at 3.1 per game and No. 6 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

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 (1,499, 526 rebs., 165 asts) needs 12 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.

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, Willis Turnipseed played at City 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 (121-99) after 220 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 25 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 14.1 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.7 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 13.7 points (ranked No. 7), 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 20 blocks. He has recorded 22 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19, 2012).

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.4 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 21 of 25 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

UP NEXT
MSU will return to Hill Field House for its final two MEAC games of the season when they host Delaware State on Monday, March 4th and conclude the regular season with a matchup against Florida A&M on Saturday, March 7th.

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