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Loyola tops Tennessee State to reach 20 wins for back to back years

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE – Loyola University Maryland trailed by 11 with just over nine minutes to play, but a 13-0 run put the Greyhounds in front, and they held off host Tennessee State University for a 67-65 on Saturday night in Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster action.

The Greyhounds (20-9) held the Tigers (16-14) to just four points in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Loyola’s win was the first defeat for the Tigers at the Gentry Center this season. Prior to Saturday night, Tennessee State was 10-0 in its home arena. Last year, the Tigers lost just one home game – to Murray State, a team that was ranked in the Top 15 at the time – and they were 20-1 since the beginning of 2011-2012 before the Greyhounds’ win.

The win was the Greyhounds 20th of the season, marking the first time in school Division I history that Loyola has won 20 games in back-to-back seasons. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, finished with 24 victories a year ago for its first 20-win season at the Division I level.

Erik Etherly scored a team-high 26 points, and Dylon Cormier added 20, to lead the Greyhounds.

Loyola led just once during the first half when Dylon Cormier scored the Greyhounds’ first points with a layup and hit a free throw after being fouled to put Loyola ahead 3-2.

The Tigers, however, scored 13 of the next 15 points to take a 10-point advantage at the game’s first media timeout.

Loyola clawed back within four, 23-19, with 11:17 on the clock, but another Tennessee State run – this one 16-6 – gave the Tigers a 39-25 lead on a Kellen Thornton jumper with 6:30 to go before the break. The Greyhounds pulled back within seven shortly thereafter, but Tennessee State jumped ahead by 13 once more.

Franz Rassman pulled down a Cormier miss and laid it in just before the first-half buzzer to cut the lead to 49-38 at halftime.

Loyola shot 58.6-percent in the first-half, but the Tigers went 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, and the Greyhounds were just 3-of-8 at the stripe before the break.

Tennessee State went back up 13, 51-38, to start the second half, but a traditional 3-point play by Cormier started a 7-0 Loyola run that made cut the Tigers’ advantage to 53-47 on an Etherly jumper with 13:54 remaining.

The Tigers quickly pushed the lead back to double digits when Jordan Cyphers hit a three and Patrick Miller and Thornton knocked down jumpers. Thornton’s basket gave Tennessee State a 60-47 cushion with 11:12 left in regulation.

Miller converted a 3-point play after being fouled at 10:01, and the lead was 12, but Etherly made 1-of-2 at the line with 9:04 on the clock to make the score 63-52.

Rassman hit a pair of free throw for Loyola at 9:01, but Cyphers did the same for Tennessee State at 8:16, and the lead was back to 11.

Cyphers’ free throws were the last points Tennessee State would score for almost five minutes, however, as Loyola tallied 13 unanswered points.

Etherly completed a 3-point play with a layup and free throw, and less than a minute later, he hit 1-of-2 at the line. Anthony Winbush scored on a layup at 6:40, and Robert Olson canned a three with 6:09 to play.

Olson, who finished with seven points, scored again on a jumper at 4:24, tying the game at 65-65. A Robert Covington turnover led to a Cormier fast-break layup at 3:53, putting Loyola in front for the first time since there was 18:25 left in the first half.

Miller went to the line twice over the next minute, but he made just 1-of-2 both times, his second tying the game at 67-67 with 2:57 to play.

Neither Loyola, nor Tennessee State, could score for more than 2:40, but Cormier drew a foul on Deshawn Dockery with 11 ticks left, and he hit both free throws to provide the final margin.

Loyola held the Tigers to just 18 second-half points on 6-of-22 shooting.

R.J. Williams led Loyola with four assists, and Etherly had a team-best eight rebounds.

Miller scored 17 to lead Tennessee State, and Thornton had 15.

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Morgan visits High Point Saturday in BracketBuster battle

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, Feb. 23 2013
Opponent: High Point Panthers
Site: Millis Center, High Point, N.C.
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Record:  MSU 9-14 (6-6 MEAC); HPU 16-10 (11-3 Big South)
Series Record: First meeting
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (119-99 – 7th yr)
Websites: MorganStateBears.com/HighPointPanthers.com

Morgan State will head to High Point (N.C.) to face the High Point Panthers in an ESPN Bracketbusters matchup on Saturday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Millis Center. The Bears had its three-game winning streak snapped following a 52-50 conference loss at Delaware State on Monday night in Dover. DeWayne Jackson and Justin Black were held to 10 points apiece. High Point defeated VMI 78-67 in Lexington on Tuesday night. John Brown led the Panthers with 21 points (10-16 FG) and nine rebounds. The meeting with High Point will be the first between the schools.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 101.

• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he recorded seven boards at UMES and currently ranks No. 10 in school history with 515 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 9-14 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 23 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (302-518 FT).

• The Bears, who held UMES to 4 of 22 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 68 points and opponents are shooting 30 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 59.7 percent against Md.-Eastern Shore, including a season best 63.6 percent from 3-point territory, with 12 steals and nine blocked shots.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 322 points in 23 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 5 (14.0 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 10 of the last 15 games scoring at 13.9 ppg.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 160 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 3 (No. 2 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 27 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (40) in the MEAC by averaging 2.1 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 has used a lineup 11 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 484 career points and 88 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

February, 28, 2012 — Senior swingman Aric Brooks scored 18 points and hot-shooting Morgan State coasted to an 81-69 win over Liberty. The Bears, who came into the game shooting 41.4 percent from the field, made 55.1 percent (27 of 49) of their shots, including 8 of 13 from 3-point range. DeWayne Jackson and Justin Black each added 15 points for the Bears (6-18), who snapped five-game losing streak. It was Morgan State’s most points scored in regulation this season.
Morgan State built its biggest lead of 22 points with 3:15 to play in the first half of the Bracket Busters game on the strength of 15-of-24 shooting during the first 20 minutes.

The Panthers welcome back six veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 13-18 overall record, finished T-6th in the Big South with a 8-10 ledger. John Moore, a 6-7 redshirt-freshman, leads the Panthers in scoring and blocks by averaging 16.6 points and 1.3 assists per game. Allan Chaney (14.3 ppg) leads High Point on the glass averaging 7.9 rpg. Head coach Scott Cherry (North Carolina ’93) enters his 4th season as the Panthers’ head coach and he currently holds a 56-62 (.474) record.

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 (1,478, 515 rebs., 162 asts) needs 33 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, Willis Turnipseed played at City 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 .548 (119-98) after 217 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 22 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game DeWayne Jackson leads with 14.0 points per game, while Justin Black is averaging 13.9 ppg. Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds on the boards.

Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 14.0 points (ranked No. 5), 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 18 blocks. He has recorded 21 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 15 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 19 of 22 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds per game last season.

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Loyola to visit Tennessee State for Bracketbuster

Posted on 05 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Tennessee State To Be Men’s Basketball’s Bracketbuster Foe


BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland will face Tennessee State University on 2013 Bracketbuster weekend, marking the second time the teams have faced each other in the event.


The Greyhounds traveled to Nashville for the Bracketbuster game on February 17, 2007, and Shane James’ jumper with 22 seconds left gave Loyola a 62-60 victory. The teams met again in Loyola’s Reitz Arena on November 16, 2008, and Brett Harvey scored a career-high 34 points to help the Greyhounds to a 73-70 victory.


This year’s contest will be played during the weekend of February 22-24 at Tennessee State’s Gentry Center.


Tennessee State is 13-10 this season, 7-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Tigers, who are also 9-0 at home in 2012-2013, are ranked 97th in today’s version of the RPI published by the NCAA.


Loyola, which improved to 16-8 overall and 8-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after a double-overtime win Saturday at MAAC-leading Niagara University, is 100th in the RPI.


The Greyhounds continue MAAC action on Friday, February 8, when they host Siena College at 9 o’clock in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

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