Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Radio: HSRN.com – Sirius 110/ XM 193
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (136-112 – 8th yr)
BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State looks to remain in the race for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season crown as it welcomes Norfolk State to Hill Field House. While the game is not for first place, the winner will have sole possession of second place. This will be the second meeting of the regular season between the Bears and Spartans. Tip-off is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans welcomed back 11 veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 21-12 overall record, captured the MEAC regular season championship and lost to the Virginia Cavaliers in the NIT First Round. Pendarvis Williams, the reigning MEAC Player of the Year, is one of four Spartans averaging double-figures. The senior is averaging 15.4 ppg, followed by Malcolm Hawkins (16.7) and Brandon Goode (11.3). Robert Jones enters his first season as the Spartans’ interim head coach where he currently holds a 12-10 record. Pendarvis Williams scored 21 points for the Spartans in a 64-49 loss at the University of Miami last Saturday. Brandon Goode finished with 14 for the Spartans (12-10).
COMFORTABLE AT HILL FIELD HOUSE
Todd Bozeman has won at least 10 home games in three of his six 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 64-23 (.735) overall home record at Hill Field House … They currently hold a 5-2 record this season.
THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 20 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.8 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 14.7 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.3 points and leads the squad averaging 7.0 rpg (T-No. 3).
BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB
Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … Black recently scored 26 points and ranks. No. 17 with 1,176 career points.
POUNDING THE PAINT
Morgan State is eager to get the ball inside this season, even more so than normal. Through eight conference games, MSU leads the MEAC averaging 77 points per game, including 15 points in the paint. This includes a dominating 50-22 edge in the paint at Hampton (1/20).
THEIVES IN THE NIGHT
Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game – Justin Black (2.2 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.7 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 4 in the MEAC by averaging 7.2 steals per game.
TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 20 games Chiles is shooting 53.3 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 56.5 pct., while frontcourt teammate The Bears are among the top teams in the MEAC ranked No. 4 in field goal percentage (.419).
WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 7 blocked shots against Marist on 11/25. He’s currently ranked No. 4 in the MEAC averaging 2.7 rejections per contest (54) and now has 153 career blocks.
THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
In the first eight conference matchups this season Justin Black, Ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 359 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 277 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against Hampton, the trio accounted for 49 of the Bears’ 94 points with Black leading the way with 26. The trio has totaled 893 of the team’s 1,311 points, 68 percent of the team’s scoring load.