Morgan tries to score another upset in first meeting with Terps since 2009

November 28, 2013 | WNST Staff

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
Opponent: Maryland Terps (4-2)
Site: Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland
Game Time: 6 p.m. (ET)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (129-106 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State (1-6) continues the 2013-14 campaign on the road against the Maryland Terps (4-2) on Friday, November 29th at Comcast Arena. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to build upon its 74-67 overtime victory against Marist at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Monday. Friday night’s contest will mark the seventh basketball meeting between the teams. The Terps hold a 5-1 record against Morgan State since the series began in 1988. Tip-off at the Comcast Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on ESPN3.

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.

SCOUTING THE TERPS
The Terps welcomed back six veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted a 25-13 overall record and advanced to the Semifinals of the NIT. Jake Laymanleads Maryland by averaging 16.4 ppg and is shooting 50 percent (15-30) from beyond the arc. Dez Wells (13.0 ppg), Evan Smotrycz (12.8), Nick Faust (11.2 ppg) andCharles Mitchell (10.4 ppg) are all averaging double-digits for the Terps. Mark Turgeon (Kansas ’87) enters his fourth season as Maryland’s head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 46-29 record and is 296-188 overall. Dez Wells hit a running hook shot with 1:04 left and added a pair of clutch free throws as Maryland held off Providence, 56-52, to claim the 2013 Paradise Jam tournament championship Monday night. Wells was named the tournament’s MVP after a 13-point effort. Evan Smotrycz added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

LAST TIME VS THE TERPS
Jan. 8, 2009 — Reggie Holmes scored a game-high 25 points to lead Morgan State to a 66-65 upset victory over Maryland on Wednesday night at Comcast Center before 15,138 fans. The Terps were held to 26-of-73 (35.6%) shooting as they had their seven-game winning streak snapped, and fell to Morgan State for the first time in school history. Holmes, who had seven points in the first half, exploded for 18 second half points to help the Bears rally from behind. Following two free throws by Neal to tie the ballgame at 63, Holmes hit his 5th three-pointer of the night to with :49 seconds left on the clock.The Terps had a chance to tie the ballgame down the stretch when Landon Milbourne made a basket in the lane and was fouled by Jermaine “Itchy” Bolden with 29.8 seconds left, trailing 66-65.  He missed the free throw. Greivis Vasquez’ desperation heave in the final seconds fell short to seal the victory, handing the Terps their first home loss of the season.

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.

COMFORTABLE AT HILL FIELD HOUSE
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

JB PRODUCTION
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 Maryland contest averaging 18.4 points thru the Bears first seven games, including a career-high 28-point performance at Towson.

BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black has 929 points for his career and needs just 71 to join the 1,000 points club.

BLACK AND CHILES SHOULDERING THE LOAD
Seniors Justin Black and Ian Chiles are scoring most of the points for the Bears thru seven games. Black leads the squad averaging 33.1 minutes, 18.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Chiles leads the team in rebounds (5.6) and is averaging 13.9 points and 2.9 blocks per contest.

UP NEXT
After Maryland, the Bears host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Howard on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m, followed by non-conference opponent High Point on Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

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