Morgan Visits South Carolina State Saturday

January 06, 2012 | WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 12
Saturday, January 7, 2012 – 4 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (2-9, 0-0 MEAC) vs. South Carolina State (4-10, 0-1 MEAC)
Orangeburg, S.C. – SHM Memorial Center
Radio: n/a
LIVE AUDIO at www.SCSUathetics.com
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 104-74/6th
Career Record: 139-136  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

OFFICIAL SCSU WEBSITE
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will continue its a holiday road swing when they take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs in their conference-opener. The contest will tip-off at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on Saturday, Jan. 7th at 4 p.m. (ET). This represents the 69th meeting between the Bears and South Carolina State.
BEAR BITS
Perris Blackwell and Angelo Caloiaro scored 19 points apiece and combined to shoot 13 for 20 from the field, leading San Francisco to an 87-74 win over Morgan State on Tuesday night at War Memorial Gym. Ameer Ali scored a career-high 21 points in 26 minutes for the Bears, who have lost their second consecutive game and suffered their eighth loss away from Hill Field House.
• 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 are in the midst of concluding a four game road swing, with its furthest road game against the USF Dons and its final road game at Savannah State on Monday night.
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in eight of 11 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 42 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 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 1-0 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
•  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.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 63-20 (.759) since joining the Bears in 2006.
CHASING 1,000
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Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 936 points, and needs 64 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE BULLDOGS
• Morgan State and South Carolina State will meet for the 69th time since 1971.
 
• Todd Bozeman holds a 9-2 record against South Carolina State since becoming MSU’s head coach in 2006.
 
• Tim Carter (Kansas ’79) is in his fourth year as head coach of the South Carolina State University men’s basketball program. He led the Bulldogs to the MEAC Tournament Finals last season as the No. 3 seed. He is the all-time winningest coach in University of Texas-San Antonio history and led the Roadrunners into the NCAA Tournament twice during his 11- year tenure.
BULLDOGS LAST GAME OUT
South Carolina continued its dominance over in-state foe South Carolina State with a 79-51 victory Tuesday night at the Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks (8-6) improve to 18-0 all-time against the Bulldogs (4-10). S.C. State freshman Luka Radovic led all scorers with 15 points, but the Gamecocks were able to limit the Bulldogs to 34.6 percent from the field, marking the best defensive effort of the season.
BLACK OUT
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.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will face Savannah State in conference play on Monday, January 9.

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