Morgan wraps West Coast trip Thursday at UC Irvine

January 01, 2014 | WNST Staff

Bears Start the New Year against UC Irvine on Thursday Night

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2014
Opponent: Univ. California at Irvine (7-7, 0-0 Big West)
Site: Bren Events Center, Irvine, Calif.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (131-109 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (3-9) continues the 2013-14 campaign at UC Irvine on Thursday as the Bears wrap-up a three-game west coast swing. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to bounce back from a 97-76 loss Sunday night at #10/12 Oregon. Thursday night’s contest will mark the first basketball meeting between the teams.

SCOUTING THE ‘EATERS
The ‘Eaters welcomed back eight veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 21-16 overall record and went 11-7 in the Big West. Will Davis II leads the UCI by averaging 12.1 ppg and is shooting 60 percent (70-115) from the field.  Davis also leads the Anteaters on the boards (7.2 rpg) and is averaging 1.2 blocks per contest. Other ‘Eaters averaging double-figures are Luke Nelson (12.0 ppg) and Chris McNealy (11.9 ppg). Alex Young runs the show for UCI from his point guard position where he’s averaging 9.4 ppg and is dishing out 4 assists per game. Russell Turner (Hampden-Sydney, ’92) enters his fourth season as UC Irvine’s head men’s basketball coach and currently holds a 53-62 record. UC Irvine’s late rally came up short as the Anteaters fell to Arizona State, 74-61, in Tempe Saturday. Will Davis II and 7-6 freshman center Mamadou Ndiaye each recorded a double-double for UCI. Davis had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and added 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and eighth of his career.  Ndiaye registered his first double-double with 12 points (5-of-8 shooting) and 12 rebounds, plus he added four blocked shots, giving him 49 on the season

MSU’S LAST TIME OUT
Dec. 29, 2013 — Joseph Young scored 24 points and No. 12 Oregon continued its best start in eight seasons with a 97-76 victory against Morgan State on Sunday. Richard Amardi had a season-high 16 points in his first start of the season, and Damyean Dotson scored 15 points for the Ducks (12-0), who are off to their best start since going 13-0 in 2006-07. Justin Black scored 22 points for the Bears (3-9), and Anthony Hubbard added 15. Ian Chiles added 13 points and recorded five blocked shots.The Ducks got there with a balanced and efficient scoring attack. Six players scored seven or more points and Oregon shot 54 percent from the field overall, 7 for 15 from 3-point range and 22 for 26 from the free throw line. Young, who had three 3-pointers, was 9 for 13 from the field and Amardi made all but one of his nine shots. They Ducks led 54-30 at halftime behind 17 points from Young and 12 from Amardi.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black recently eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … the senior currently has 1,028 career points.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Cedric Blossom are both shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 12 games Chiles is shooting 56.9 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting .547 from the floor.

CHILES STANDS TALL 
Redshirt senior Ian Chiles returns as one of the tallest centers in the state of Maryland. The 7-foot-2 senior averaged 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 1.7 bpg last season. The New Jersey native was also one of the most efficient low-post players in the league by shooting 53.5 percent from the field. “Big Slew” used the offseason to improve his strength and conditioning and is expected to be among the most dominant post players in the league. “Slew” is currently averaging 14.4 ppg and 5.8 rpg.

HOMECOMING
Morgan State has three players on the roster from California. Thair Heath and Hassante Manning are both from Los Angeles, while Rasean Simpson is from San Diego.

WORKING OVERTIME
The Morgan State Bears are 1-0 in overtime games this season…On Nov. 25 vs. Marist, the Bears posted a 74-67 overtime victory in the consolation round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

HUBBARD SEEING DOUBLE
Anthony Hubbard recorded the first double-double of the season on Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

UP NEXT
After UCI, the Bears will host conference opponent South Carolina State on Jan. 11 at Hill Field House.

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