2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Tuesday, January 3, 2011 – 10 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (2-8, 0-0 MEAC) vs. San Francisco (9-6, 0-2 WCC)
San Francisco, Calif. – War Memorial Gym
LIVE AUDIO and VIDEO streaming at www.USFDons.com
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 104-73/6th
Career Record: 139-135
Basketball SID: Leonard L. Haynes IV
• Morgan State will enter the New Year with a holiday road swing to “The City by the Bay” when they take on the San Francisco Dons. The contest will tip-off at War Memorial Gym on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. (PST). This represents the first regular season meeting between the Bears and San Francisco.
• Two Bears scored in double figures and Morgan State was limited to just 25.4 percent from the field in an 81-50 loss at Saint Joseph’s. Redshirt-sophomore Ian Chiles and freshman guard Blake Bozeman led MSU with 10 points apiece, while Kevin Thompson added eight points with 11 rebounds.
• The Bears lost to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly and Ohio — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
• The Bears will play its next three games on the road, with its furthest road game coming on January 3rd against the Univ. of San Francisco Dons.
• Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in eight of 10 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 41 straight games.
• Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.
• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
• Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 10.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
• Give the Bears a 1-0 series record against San Francisco.
• Give Todd Bozeman his 105th win as MSU’s head coach.
• Give the Bears its second road victory of the season.
• Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 140 career wins.
• Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 927 points, and needs 73 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE DONS
• San Francisco dropped its third straight game with a 77-76 overtime loss to Loyola Marymount.
• At 9-4, USF posted its best non-conference start since opening 1999-00 with a 12-1 record
• Dating to the start of West Coast Conference play last season, the Dons own an 11-3 record in games decided by three points or less or in overtime
• San Francisco is 19-6 at War Memorial Gym since the start of the 2010-11 season
• The Dons scored a season-high 54 points in the second half at Holy Cross (12/22/11) and forced a season-high 28 turnovers
DONS LAST GAME OUT
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to force overtime, but fell to Loyola Marymount 77-76, on an Anthony Ireland lay-up with 1.37 left on the clock in West Coast Conference action Friday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (9-6, 0-2 WCC) fought tooth and nail in the second half, but dropped their second league game of the season, this time in heartbreaking fashion to the Lions (8-6, 1-0 WCC).
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes. Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.
MSU will face South Carolina St. in their conference opener on Monday, January 7.