Morgan welcomes Hampton to Hill Field House Saturday

February 01, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
Opponent: Hampton Pirates
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4 p.m.
Record:  MSU 6-11 (3-3); HU 6-13 (3-3)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (116-96 – 7th yr)

Setting the Scene:
Morgan State tips off a two-game homestand Saturday afternoon against Hampton. The Bears beat the Pirates, 80-78 in Hampton, and will look for the season sweep when Hampton comes to Baltimore. Saturday’s game at Hill Field House is set for 4 p.m. (ET). The Bears will enter the game coming off of a 69-61 loss at North Carolina Central. Justin Black and DeWayne Jackson led the Bears with 20 points apiece. Hampton (6-13, 3-3) snapped a 3- game losing skid on Wednesday, beating South Carolina State 64-60 in Orangeburg. Ramon Mercado led the Pirates with 14 points and Dwight Meikle had 13. The meeting with Hampton will be the 68th all-time between the schools, with the Pirates leading the head-to-head series, 39-28.

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 68 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 17 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58.1 percent (240-413 FT).

• The Bears, who held North Carolina A&T to 4 of 21 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 72 points and opponents are shooting 32 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 248 points in 17 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.6 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 nine games and ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in scoring at 13.5 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 154 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 5 (No. 1 in the MEAC & No. 26 in the nation). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 33 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 five 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 Saturday’s contest with 421 career points and 73 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 8.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg.

January 20, 2012 – DeWayne Jackson came off the bench to score 24 points and Morgan State edged Hampton 80-78 Saturday night in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action. Jackson hit 9 of 14 field goal attempts, 3 of 5 from 3-point range, for the Bears. Three teammates also finished in double figures. Anthony Hubbard scored 13 points, Justin Black 12 and Ian Chiles 10. The Bears led 42-33 at halftime, but Hampton (5-11, 2-1) rallied. The Pirates got double-doubles from Deron Powers (19 points, 10 assists) and Emmanuel Okoroba (15 points, 10 rebounds).

The Pirates welcome back six veterans, including one starter, from a squad that posted a 12-21 overall record, finished T-8th in the MEAC with a 6-10 ledger. Hampton has a total new look with nine players on this year’s roster, seven of which are freshman. Freshman guard Deron Powers leads the Pirates averaging 11.7 points and is shooting 38 percent from the field. Junior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell leads Hampton on the glass by averaging 6.7 rpg to go along with 7.9 ppg. Head coach Edward Joyner, Jr. (JCSU ’95) enters his fourth season as the Pirates head coach and he currently holds a 56-61 record (.478).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

DeWayne Jackson (1,404, 474 rebs., 153 asts) needs 97 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.

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.

Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .547 (116-96) after 212 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.

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).

In the first 17 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.6 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 13.5 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds on the boards.

Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 14.6 points (ranked No. 5), 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 13 blocks. He has recorded 17 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

The Bears have only out-rebounded 6 of their first 17 opponents so far this season. In fact, the Bears have gone 5-1 in the games in which they’ve won the battle on the boards. MSU’s best rebounding performance was during its season-opening win against UTSA where they held a 52-26 advantage on the glass.

The Bears will continue the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule when they host MEAC reigning champions Norfolk State at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at Hill Field House.