Saturday, January 25, 2014
Opponent: North Carolina A&T Aggies (6-13, 2-2 MEAC)
Site: Corbett Sports Center, Greensboro, N.C.
Game Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (134-110 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.NCATAggies.com
BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State returns to action with a pair of tough road tests. The Bears will take their unblemished Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record into the Corbett Sports Center to face North Carolina A&T Aggies on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m., before heading to Durham, N.C. to tip-off against the N.C. Central Eagles on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
The Aggies welcomed back five veterans, including a pair of starters, from a squad that posted a 20-17 overall record, and defeated the Bears to capture the MEAC Tournament championship and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Richaud Pack, a transfer from Florida International, ranks No. 3 in in the MEAC in scoring by averaging 17.1 ppg. Lamont Middleton (16.5 ppg) and Bruce Beckford (11.8 ppg) are also averaging double-digits. Cy Alexander enters his second season as the Aggies’ head coach where he currently holds a 26-30 record. N.C A&T was blown out at North Carolina Central 84-44 on Wednesday. Jeremy Underwood had eight points to lead NC A&T (6-13, 2-2) which scored 20 of its 44 points at the free-throw line.
This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 14 games, including a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. With an 87-70 victory against Norfolk State and an 80-71 win at Hampton the Bears improved to 2-6 on the season.
THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 16 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.8 ppg (No. 2 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 14.9 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.6 points and leads the squad averaging 6.6 rebounds on the boards.
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 1,100 career points.
THREES & FREES
The Bears currently rank last (13th) in the MEAC in three-pointers made (4.5 per game) and last in three-point accuracy (27 percent). Morgan State hit a season-high eight from beyond the arc against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 18 vs. High Point, setting a season high for makes. MSU is averaging 24 FTAs per night and rank last in the MEAC in FTs made per game (14) and last in FT accuracy (226-382 – .592 pct).
THEIVES IN THE NIGHT
Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game - Justin Black (2.2 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.8 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 2 in the MEAC by averaging 7.7 steals per game.
TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles, Cedric Blossom and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 16 games Chiles is shooting 57.2 pct (ranks No. 4 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.1 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 54.1 pct from the floor.
WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 7 blocked shots against Marist on 11/25. He’s currently ranked No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 2.9 rejections per contest and now has 145 career blocks.
THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
In the first four conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 191 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 136 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against South Carolina State, the trio accounted for 37 of the Bears’ 73 points. In the last two wins (at Norfolk State and Hampton) the trio averaged 57.5 ppg. The trio has totaled 725 of the team’s 1,140 points, 63 percent of the team’s scoring load.