Morgan set to welcome Ohio University to Hill Field House Wednesday

November 19, 2013 | WNST Staff

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
Opponent: Ohio Bobcats (2-1)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Maryland
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (128-103 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State continues the 2013-14 campaign at home against the Bobcats of Ohio University.  It will mark the second basketball meeting between the teams. The Bobcats posted a 61-53 win during the teams first meeting in Athens (OH) on Dec. 3, 2011. Tip-off at Hill Field House is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Bobcats welcomed back eight veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 24-10 overall record, finished captured in the Mid-American Conference title with a 14-2 ledger. Ohio guards Nick Kellogg (4.7 rpg) along with Maurice Ndour (6.7 rpg)  are the Bobcats’  leading scorers averaging 17.7 points apiece. Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ’88) enters his second season as Ohio’s head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 26-11 record and is 92-31 overall.  Maurice Ndour recorded career-bests in points (23), blocks (5) and steals (4) while adding six rebounds to lead Ohio to a 76-72 home win over Valparaiso inside the Convocation Center. Ohio forced 19 turnovers aided by 12 steals and scored 25 points off of those turnovers in the contest.

Dec. 3, 2011 — The Morgan State Bears gave it their all, but were unable to pull out the victory and lost to the Ohio Bobcats 61-53 on Saturday at the OU Convocation Center. This one was in doubt until the final minute. Morgan State held a two-point lead following a technical foul call against OU head coach with under 5 minutes to play before the Bobcats made a final push. Ivo Baltic hit baseline layup, and made a reverse layup that gave Ohio a 54-51 lead with 3:27 left. MSU point guard Larry Bastfield split a pair of free throws to pull the Bears to cut it to 54-52, but a long 3-point miss by DeWayne Jackson led to a fastbreak and a basket on the other end by Baltic. The Bobcats salted the game away from the free throw line to help improve their home record to 4-0 this season.

Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

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.

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.

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.

Todd Bozeman has won at least 10 home games in three of his seven seasons in Baltimore. The 2007-08 (12-1) and 2009-10 (11-1) squads finished with just a single loss, while the 2010-11 squad went 10-2. Bozeman has led the Bears to a 59-22 overall home record at Hill Field House.
Bozeman Era Home Records (59-22)
2006-07            9-4
2007-08            12-1
2008-09            8-2
2009-10            11-1
2010-11            10-2
2011-12            4-7
2012-13            5-4
2013-14            0-1

Senior guard Justin Black has been one of the most consistent players for Todd Bozeman‘s Bears. Last season, the 6-foot-2 guard, was among the MEAC’s leading scorers a season ago (14.2 ppg – No. 5) and  scored double-figures 24 of 32 games, including 18 of the last 22 contests. The Dunbar HS product  scored 20 or more points eight times last season, and posted a season-high 23 points at Coppin State on Feb. 9, 2013. Black will enter the Ohio contest averaging 21 points thru the Bears first three games, including a  career-high 28-point performance at Towson.

Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.

The 2013-2014 basketball tickets are now available for sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the MSU box office, and Murphy Fine Arts box office.