Morgan welcomes defending MEAC champs Norfolk State Monday night

February 04, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game Dates: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013
Opponent: Norfolk State Spartans
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Record:  MSU 6-12 (3-4); NSU 13-10 (8-0)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (116-97 – 7th yr)

Morgan State will complete a two-game homestand Monday night against the reigning MEAC champion Pirates of Norfolk State. The Bears, who fell 73-71 at Norfolk, will attempt to avoid a season sweep when the Spartans march into Baltimore. Monday’s game at Hill Field House is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET). The Bears will enter the game coming off of a 64-62 heartbreaking home loss to Hampton. Anthony Hubbard led the Bears with 16 points. Norfolk State won its seventh straight by downing Coppin State 80-70 on Saturday at the Coppin Center. Pendarvis Williams led the Spartans with 23 points. The meeting with Norfolk State will be the 43rd all-time between the schools, with the Spartans leading the head-to-head series, 29-13.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 98.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 6-10 while averaging 67 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State, who shot 67.6 percent from the line last season, continues to have hard times from the stripe … through the first 18 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 56.9 percent (247-434 FT).

• The Bears, who held Hampton to 2 of 13 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 71 points and opponents are shooting 31 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 53.3 percent against South Carolina State and a season best 65.0 percent from the stripe, with 11 steals versus the South Carolina Gamecocks.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 256 points in 18 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.2 ppg).

• Justin Black was just shy of posting a triple-double at Liberty. The junior guard finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and nine assists … he has been the Bears leading scorer in 6 of the last 10 games and ranks No. 9 in the MEAC in scoring at 13.6 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 155 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 1 (No. 1 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 32 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 4 (36) in the MEAC by averaging 2.4 blocks per game.

• The combination of DeWayne JacksonAnthony Hubbard and Justin Black have provided almost 60 percent of the scoring for the Bears so far this season.

• The Bears’ first 10 games of the 2012-13 season were on the road where they finished 3-7.

• The Bears used seven different lineups this season, but Coach Bozeman used a lineup six times this season that puts DeWayne Jackson at forward with Justin BlackBlake BozemanAnthony Hubbard and Ian Chiles.

• Redshirt junior Ian Chiles, who stands at 7-foot-2, 270-pounds, enters Monday’s contest with 435 career points and 73 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.2 ppg and 5.0 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT VS. NORFOLK STATE
Morgan State mounted a furious second-half late rally, but it came up just short in a 73-71 setback to Norfolk State on Monday night at Echols Hall in Norfolk, Va. The Bears fell to 5-10 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, while the Spartans won for the fifth-straight game to improve to 11-10 and a 6-0 mark in league play.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans welcome back 11 veterans, including one starter, from a squad that posted a 26-10 overall record, finished 2nd in the MEAC with a 13-3 ledger and were the MEAC Tournament Champs. The Spartans made a historic run in the Big Dance before falling to the Florida Gators in Third Round of the Tournament. Pendarvis Williams leads the Spartans averaging 13.7 points and is shooting 36 percent from 3-point territory. Malcom Hawkins is the only other Spartan scoring in double-figures (12.2 ppg) and Rashid Gaston is the team’s leading rebounder by averaging 6.3 rpg to go along with 7.8 ppg. Head coach Anthony Evans (St. Thomas Aquinas ’94) enters his sixth season as the Spartan’s head coach and he currently holds a 90-92 (.494) record.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

UNFAMILIAR FOES
Morgan State will face six teams this season that the program has never met in its basketball history. The first time opponents are: UTSA, Old Dominion, Holy Cross, South Carolina, Illinois State and San Diego. The Bears do not see a familiar foe until the Nov. 29 matchup at Liberty (MSU leads, 1-0), their fifth game of the season. The other five opponents MSU previously has played are University of Virginia (trails, 0-1), Loyola Marymount (leads, 2-0), and Saint Joseph’s (trails, 0-1).

JACKSON SET TO LEAD
DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. There are seven (7) juniors, four (4) sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,412, 481 rebs., 155 asts) needs 89 points to surpass Harry Johnson (1,500 points – 1958-62) to become the school’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson(2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophomore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .544 (116-97) after 213 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
During his tenure in Baltimore, Todd Bozeman has coached seven (7) different players to All-Conference honors, including four Players of the Year selections: Ron Timus (2007 2nd Team), Boubacar Coly (2008 Defensive POTY, 1st Team), Jamar Smith (2008 Offensive POTY, 1st Team), Marquise Kately (2008 & 2009 2nd Team), Reggie Holmes (2007 All-Rookie, 2008 2nd Team, 2009 Offensive POTY, 2009 & 2010 1st Team), Kevin Thompson (2009 All-Rookie, 2010 Defensive POTY, 2010 1st Team, 2011 2nd Team), DeWayne Jackson (Rookie of the Year, 2011 1st Team).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 18 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.2 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 13.6 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 14.2 points (ranked No. 5), 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.2 steals (ranked No. 1) per game. Jackson has also registered 14 blocks. He has recorded 17 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 15.8 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 15 of 17 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds per game last season.

UP NEXT
The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they face cross-town rival Coppin State at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Coppin Center.

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