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Navy basketball to host Michigan State for CBS Veterans Classic event

Posted on 09 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CBS Sports Network Partners with Navy to Create Annual College Basketball Event, “Veterans Classic at the Naval Academy”
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – CBS Sports Network and the Naval Academy have partnered to create a new college basketball event, VETERANS CLASSIC AT THE NAVAL ACADEMY, an annual showcase bringing together top teams from across the country in celebration of Veterans Day. The inaugural event tips-off on Friday, Nov. 14, and features Tennessee vs. VCU at 6:30 PM, ET, followed by Michigan State vs. Navy at 9:00 PM, ET. CBS Sports Network also will feature on-site pre-game, halftime and post-game studio coverage, live from Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md.
The event will take place each year through 2017, with Navy hosting and participating, along with other top teams from across the country. The Veterans Classic officially tips off CBS Sports Network’s 2014 college basketball schedule.
The three participating schools will have the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what life is like as a midshipman at the Naval Academy. From touring the `Yard,’ to watching noon meal formation and eating lunch with the Brigade at King Hall, the teams will be immersed in the culture and tradition of the Naval Academy. The event will include a number of other unique experiences, including military demonstrations and receptions.
“We are excited to collaborate with the Naval Academy to honor our veterans and celebrate the beginning of the college basketball season with this annual event,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “With three 2014 NCAA Tournament teams, we look forward to tipping off the season with a great night of college basketball.”
“This should be a terrific event over the next four years featuring some of the best college basketball teams in the country,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “We are excited to be able to put on a first class event with our partners from CBS, while also honoring veterans from all the services. It will be an incredible opportunity for our basketball program to host some of the premier basketball programs in the country in Alumni Hall.”
CBS Sports Network will again feature an extensive college basketball schedule this year, including teams from the American Athletic Conference, BIG EAST, Mountain West, Atlantic 10, Conference USA and Patriot League, as well as a number of early season tournaments including the Paradise Jam, Cancun Challenge, Great Alaska Shootout and Corpus Christi Challenge.

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Maryland/Michigan State football game to be played in primetime

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Terps and Spartans to be Featured in Primetime

Maryland and defending Rose Bowl champion Michigan State to be highlighted on BTN

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Maryland football’s November 15 home date against defending Rose Bowl champion Michigan State is set for a8 p.m. kickoff and will be carried live on the Big Ten Network, the conference announced Tuesday.

For the Terps, it is the first scheduled televised primetime game since Maryland took on Notre Dame at FedEx Field on Nov. 12, 2011, and its first home contest to be featured in primetime since facing Clemson on Oct. 15, 2011.

Maryland and Michigan State will be meeting for the first time since 1950 when the Terps walked away from East Lansing with a 34-7 victory. The Spartans will be making only their second trip to College Park all-time. Michigan State earned an 8-0 win over the Terps in 1944 in Maryland’s only home game against the Spartans. Michigan State leads the all-time series 4-1.

Last season, the Spartans finished 13-1 en route to the Big Ten championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl where they defeated Stanford, 24-20.

Times and television information for the remainder of the Terps’ 2014 schedule will be announced at a later date.


– Maryland –

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Towson makes first postseason appearance since 1991 Wednesday at USC Upstate

Posted on 18 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Tigers making first postseason appearance since 1991 NCAA Tournament

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Towson will make its first postseason appearance since 1991 when the Tigers visit USC Upstate on Wednesday in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis calling the action. Fans can also sign up to watch this game and all the CIT games by going to the tournament’s website.

Towson (23-10) hasn’t played a postseason game since the 1991 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will look to continue the CAA’s impressive run in the CIT. CAA squads have a 9-4 record all-time in the CIT, with Old Dominion winning the championship in 2009.

Towson is led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation with 21 double-doubles and leads the Tigers in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. All-CAA Third Team selections Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie, along with Mike Burwell make up one of the most important senior classes in Towson history.

USC Upstate (19-14) posted the second-most wins in its school history during the Division I era with 19 wins in 2013-14. The Spartans opened the season with a thrilling 64-63 victory at Virginia Tech to post the schools first-ever win over an ACC school. Upstate went on to knock off South Carolina 74-68 later in the year for its first-ever win over a team from the SEC.

The Spartans finished 11-7 in conference play and reached the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament for the second straight year, falling to eventual champion Mercer in double overtime.

Upstate seniors Torrey Craig and Ricardo Glenn each earned all-conference accolades at the conclusion of the season. Craig was named to the All-A-Sun first team after leading the league in scoring while ranking fourth in rebounding. Glenn paced the A-Sun in rebounding, offensive rebounds and field goal percentage on his way to a second team selection.

Wednesday’s game will be the first ever meeting between Towson and USC Upstate in men’s basketball.

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Coppin hopes to bounce back Saturday against Norfolk State

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Coppin State men’s basketball team knows it has at least four games remaining: Three home regular season contests and at minimum, one game, in next month’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament.

Anything beyond four games will be strictly up to how the Eagles perform over the next two weeks beginning Saturday afternoon when they host Norfolk State at 4:00 p.m. in a MEAC contest at the Physical Education Complex. The Eagles lost 82-71 to the Spartans on Jan. 20 and would like nothing more than to deliver a punishing payback.

Coppin State (9-17 overall, 6-7 MEAC) confidently believes that it will be the last team standing from the conference in March. The Eagles are talented and skilled. They have a road win at Hampton. Coppin State has also let a few late leads dissipate into defeats. So the Eagles won’t be an easy out for whoever they play. They had Morgan State wobbling for a period at raucous Hill Field House and enjoyed a seven-point second half lead before falling, 78-69 Wednesday night.

“The season hasn’t turned out the way we exactly wanted it to,” Coppin State junior forward Brandon St. Louis said. “We definitely believe our last three games are winnable. We are focused on finishing strong and heading into the tournament with momentum.”

Of course, once the madness of March commences, anything can happen. Nobody knows that better than Coppin State’s legendary head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell, who has built his share of championship teams. He has witnessed more funny things and craziness during his 28 years at the helm of the Eagles than every Kevin Hart movie combined.

In 2008, the Eagles became the first team in the history of the NCAA championship to qualify for the tournament with 20 losses after winning four games in four days by a combined six points to win the MEAC tournament. That Coppin State squad led by Tywain McKee overcame a 4-19 start to the season to get to the tournament.

So things may not look good presently for the Eagles, who are riding a three-game losing streak, but the MEAC tournament offers hope and a fresh opportunity to experience that championship feeling. Anything is possible.

“We know we can compete against everybody in our conference,” St. Louis said. “It’s tough right now, but the good thing is everybody is still working hard and keeping a positive attitude. The whole team knows and feels that we are better than our record.”

St. Louis has had bursts of brilliance this season for the Eagles. He snatched eight rebounds against Morgan State Wednesday night. Earlier this year in a 91-71 win over UMBC, St. Louis was large and in charge for the Eagles as he stuffed the shat sheet with 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.

He is quite simply a player that every team needs. St. Louis doesn’t need his name in lights. He enjoys during the dirty work, battling for loose balls and keeping possessions alive. In 22 games, St. Louis averages 4.9 rebounds per game, which is second on the team.

The Eagles have plenty of scorers led by senior Michael Murray, who averages 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Both marks are team highs for Murray, who posted his fifth double-double of the season against Morgan State with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guardAndre Armstrong is second on the team in scoring with a 12.4 point per game scoring average. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith contributes 11.2 points per outing for outing. Armstrong and Smith have combined to make 97 3-pointers.

St. Louis along with Murray, Arnold Fripp, Charles Ieans and many others will be counted on heavily to rebound. Former Laker and Knick coach Pat Riley always preached to his teams, “no rebounds, no rings.” The Eagles were challenged against Morgan State to do a better job of rebounding after the Florida A&M game. The Eagles were outrebounded by FAMU, 54-28. They improved significantly against Morgan State, only losing the board battle, 38-37.

The Eagles will need to be at their rebounding best against the Spartans, who are second in the MEAC in rebounding margin (+2.1 per game). Norfolk State won the rebounding battle, 42-31, against the Eagles in the first contest.

“We’re looking to try to rebound better against Norfolk this time,” St. Louis said. “The mindset is for us to just stay aggressive, get good position and go for every ball that goes up like it’s going to be a missed shot.”

Coppin State knows it has a great opportunity in front of it to fire a shot heard around the MEAC if it can trip up Norfolk State. The Eagles biggest win this year was against Hampton on the road. A few weeks later, the Eagles had the Pirates beat at home on Feb. 1 before falling in overtime.

Norfolk State dropped a 79-73 overtime decision to Hampton last Saturday. Senior Pendarvis Williams led all scorers with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior Brandon Goode added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds and tied his career high with six blocks. Jamel Fuentes totaled 15 points, five assists and four rebounds, and senior Riley Maye also reached double figures with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead the Spartans. For the game, the Spartans hit 24-of-63 (38.1 percent) after shooting 48 percent in the first half. HU connected on 24-of-58 (41.4 percent). The Spartans also hit 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from 3-point range.

Malcolm Hawksins (16.7 points per game) and Williams (15.9) are sixth and eighth, respectively in the MEAC in scoring. Goode is the Spartans leading rebounder at 6.9 per game As a team Norfolk State leads the MEAC in scoring offense (74.2 points per game) and field goal percentage (46.8). The Spartans were the preseason MEAC favorites to win the conference. They are currently in third place, two games behind North Carolina Central, who has an 11-1 conference record.

For St. Louis, who will earn his accounting in May after completing three years of college, he is not taking the Eagles’ remaining games for granted.

“Graduating in three years means a lot to me because it shows that I was able to set a goal for myself and I was able to attain it,” St. Louis said. “It was a hard goal, but I was able make things happen and it just worked out for me. I feel very blessed every time I step out on the court. There aren’t a lot of people who get the chance to play Division I ball. I know a lot of people try. Every chance I get to play; I try to make the most of my opportunity. That’s what we’re looking to do as a team in these final three games.”

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Morgan welcomes Norfolk State to Hill Field House for MEAC showdown Saturday

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Opponent: Norfolk State Spartans (12-10, 6-2 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4 p.m. EST
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.

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).

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.


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).


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.


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).


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.


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).


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.


In the first eight conference matchups this season Justin BlackIan 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.

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Coppin eyes third straight win Monday at Norfolk State

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. – After dropping its first conference game in almost two years, the Norfolk State men’s basketball team will look to get back on track on Monday night as the Spartans host Coppin State at 8 p.m. at Joseph Echols Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Media Coverage: Fans can listen to the game and watch the live video stream at the same time with the Spartan Showcase Video Streaming portal. Live stats will be available as well here.

Series History: NSU owns a 21-11 lead in the all-time series with Coppin State. The Spartans have won two in a row and eight of the last 10. NSU won both meetings last year, 75-68 at home and 80-70 up in Baltimore. Each of the last 14 meetings has been decided by 10 points or less.

About Coppin State: The Eagles own a 6-11 overall record and a 3-1 mark in conference play after downing Hampton 71-68 on Saturday. They also defeated Delaware State and South Carolina State this year while dropping a contest against league-leading Savannah State. Michael Murray leads the way with 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Andre Armstrong ranks second with 12.0 points, while teammate Sterling Smith also scores in double figures with 10.4. Taariq Cephis contributes 9.5 points and 4.1 assists. Opponents shoot 48 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range, but the Eagles do a good job of getting to the free throw line and converting, hitting 74.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Last Time Out: Morgan State had a big edge in points off turnovers and second-chance points in defeating NSU 87-70 on Saturday at Echols Hall. The loss snapped NSU’s 23-game regular season conference win streak and also broke a six-game win streak against the Bears. Justin Black had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Anthony Hubbard added 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists for MSU. The Bears outscored the Spartans 29-7 in points off turnovers, as NSU had twice as many giveaways as MSU (18-9). Pendarvis Williams and Malcolm Hawkins added 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Back in the FoldRaShid Gaston competed in his first game in nearly two months when he played 20 minutes and totaled four points and two rebounds at Delaware State. He missed 13 games due to a torn meniscus and a partial tear of his ACL in his left knee suffered during practice on Nov. 17. Zieyik Estime, meanwhile, missed three games as well from Jan. 3-13 due to an ankle sprain.

Senior Leadership: NSU has scored 1,394 points this year, with 1142 of those points (81.9 percent) coming from NSU’s eight-player senior class.

Spartans in the MEAC: NSU is 4-1 this year in the MEAC and 33-4 since the start of the 2011-12 season.

Don’t Foul ‘EmMalcolm Hawkins and Pendarvis Williams have been on fire from the charity stripe lately. Hawkins has hit 45-of-49 from the free throw line over his last 10 games, while Williams has connected on 39-of-43 in the last 11 games. Hawkins had made 24 straight free throws before a miss at DSU, while Williams was 8-of-8 at UMES, including 4-of-4 in the last 20 seconds of the game. Hawkins, meanwhile, hit 5-of-6 in the last minute at DSU.

As a team, the Spartans are connecting on 71.5 percent from the foul line this year. Only once in the previous 30 years has NSU hit better than 70 percent from the free throw line in a season (72.0 percent, 2003-04). The all-time program record is 72.3 percent set in 1968-69.

Williams (83.9 percent) and Hawkins (83.8) are ahead of the program’s individual Division I record of 83.3 set by Ryan Grier in 2003-04. The all-time NSU record is 85.6 percent set by David Donerlson in 1991-92.

Rare CompanyPendarvis Williams is one of five all-time NSU players with at least 1,400 points, 400 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals along with Ralph Tally, Barry Mitchell, Tony Murphy and Michael Deloach. Williams needs 41 more rebounds to reach 500 for his career, and should he reach that mark he will join Tally and Mitchell as the only players to reach 1,400 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals.

Dominating the Inside: Norfolk State has outscored opponents 660-517 in points in the paint, an average of 7.9 points per game. Against East Carolina, the Spartans had a 50-16 edge in points in the paint, and against Stillman that margin was 62-26. On the flip side, opponents have taken 114 more 3-pointers than NSU this year.

The Hawk: Senior Malcolm Hawkins has scored in double figures in every full game he’s played this year (He played only the second half at Delaware State). He had his fifth 20-point game of the year against Seattle with 22 points. His 16.7 per-game average currently ranks as the seventh-best in the Division I era (1997-Present) behind three players – Michael Deloach, Damian Woolfolk and Tony Murphy – who each became 1,700 career point scorers at NSU.

Taking Care of the Ball: NSU has had fewer turnovers than its opponent in 10 of the last 15 games.

Increased Production: Starting guard Jamel Fuentes has posted 8.8 points on 12-of-25 shooting with 4.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the last four games. He has also had at least four assists in the last 10 games. After scoring just six points all year, Kievyn Lila-St. Rose added a career-high 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting at UMES when NSU was down to just nine active players. Lila-St. Rose is averaging 6.0 points in the last four games.

Brandon Goode tallied 12.5 points on 21-of-31 field goals in four games from Dec. 30-Jan. 13. He has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 and is shooting 19-of-26 from the field over the last four games.

Hot HandsJamel Fuentes has a 61-19 assist-turnover ratio over his last 10 games.

MEAC Rankings: Several NSU players rank in the top 5 in the league, including Malcolm Hawkins, who ranks first in the league in 3-point shooting percentage (41.9). Other top 5 performances include Brandon Goode (2nd – 61.9 field goal percentage; 5th – 2.5 blocks, 6.8 rebounds), Jamel Fuentes (1st – 2.8 assist-turnover ratio; 2nd – 5.7 assists), Pendarvis Williams (5th – 83.9 free throw percentage) and Hawkins (4th – 40.0 3-point field goal percentage).

As a team, NSU ranks first in scoring offense (77.4), field goal percentage (49.0), 3-point field goal percentage (35.6) and opponent rebounding (32.7). The Spartans also stand second in assists (14.4), assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and offensive rebound percentage (36.0) and third in scoring margin (+0.6), free throw percentage (71.5), rebounding margin (+1.8) and defensive rebound percentage (66.0).

Hot Shooting: Thanks to a 35-of-53 effort over a five-game stretch from Nov. 26-Dec. 15, Pendarvis Williams is now currently shooting 50.2 percent (102-of-203) from the floor this year, including 62.4 percent (68-of-109) from inside the arc.

Brandon GoodeRiley Maye and RaShid Gaston, meanwhile, have combined to hit 149-of-244 (61.1 percent) from the floor this year. Maye and Anell Alexis have hit a combined 20-of-45 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range as well.

As a team, the Spartans are shooting 49.0 percent from the floor and 35.6 percent from 3-point range this year, the best marks in a season since 1994-95 (49.5 percent) and 1998-99 (35.7 percent), respectively.

Scoring Offense: NSU’s is scoring 77.4 points per game this year, the highest scoring season since averaging 86.3 per game in 1998-99.

Beginning the Climb: Sitting at No. 21 right now in the all-time scoring list at NSU with 1,402, Pendarvis Williams needs two more points to reach 20th all-time. From there he would need more than 130 points to get to the next spot.

Jamel Fuentes now has 353 career assists, which ranks eighth all-time at NSU. He needs six more to reach seventh place.

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Morgan opens road trip Saturday at Norfolk State

Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Opponent: Norfolk State Spartans (10-7, 4-0 MEAC)
Site: Echols Hall, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (132-110 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State returns to the road this weekend for the start of a four-game road swing starting with Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) contests at Norfolk State and Hampton. The Bears will face the Spartans, who sit atop the conference standings, on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. in Echols Hall, before heading to Hampton, Va. to square-off against the Pirates on Monday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.  Both games will also be broadcast online by WEAA, 88.9 FM (weaa.com).

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 15.8 ppg, followed by Malcolm Hawkins (16.8), Rashid Gaston (12.3) and Brandon Goode (11.3). Robert Jones enters his first season as the Spartans’ interim head coach where he currently holds a 10-7 record. Jamel Fuentes scored 14 points to lead Norfolk State past Delaware State 58-56 in a back-and-forth battle on Mon. Jan. 13 . The Spartans ran their regular season conference winning streak to 23 games, the longest such run in the country. NSU’s last conference loss came against Delaware State on Feb. 15, 2012.


The Spartans lead the all-time series against Morgan State by a commanding 30-13 margin … Norfolk State has defeated the Bears in the last six meetings dating back to 2010 … The last time MSU beat the Spartans was during an 88-82 double overtime win at Hill Field House … Todd Bozeman has a 9-3 record against the Spartans as Morgan State’s head coach.

February 5, 2013 – Pendarvis Williams had a game-high 22 points to lift Norfolk State past the Bears 64-59 at Hill Field House. Brandon Goode added 12 points for the Spartans who captured their eighth consecutive win to improve to 14-10 (9-0 MEAC). Morgan State (6-13, 3-5) missed a pair of 3-pointers and had a turnover in the final 21 seconds, while the Spartans converted three free throws to ensure the victory. DeWayne Jackson led the Bears with 18 points, while Anthony Hubbard had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 currently has 1,052 career points.

Thair HeathIan Chiles and Cedric Blossom are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 14 games Heath is shooting 64.7 pct, Chiles is shooting 57.8 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting 54.4 pct. from the floor.

Three Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game – Justin Black (2.2 – ranks No. 2 in the MEAC), Donte Pretlow (2.0 – No. 4) and Anthony Hubbard (1.1). Morgan State also leads the MEAC by averaging 7.9 steals per game.

MSU redshirt senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the “Best of 2013” All-MEAC Team by CollegeHoopsDaily.com. The website picked the top five players in each conference that stood out during the non-conference slate (click here for the entire team). Chiles finished non-conference action with 15 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and 2.9 blocks per game. The Cliffside Park, N.J. native also finished non-conference action by shooting 56 percent from the field.

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.

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.

Anthony Hubbard has recently recorded back-to-back games with double-doubles. On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge with 13 points and 11 rebounds, followed by 15 points and 11 boards at UC Irvine on Dec. 29, and most recently a 13 points and 12 boards performance on Jan. 11 versus South Carolina State.

After Norfolk State, the Bears will take on the Hampton Pirates on Monday night at the HU Convocation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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Navy looks for seventh win Friday night at San Jose State

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 11 Navy (6-4) at San Jose State (5-5 / 4-3 Mountain West)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm PT / 9:30 pm ET
Location San Jose, Calif. | Spartan Stadium (30,456)
Television ESPN2
TV Talent Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (analyst) and Allison Williams (sideline)

Setting the Stage

• Navy and San Jose State will meet for the third time on the gridiron when the two square off on Friday night at Spartan Stadium (30,456) in San Jose.   Kickoff is set for  6:30 pm local time, 9:30 pm in Annapolis.
• Friday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (color) and Allison Willliams (sideline) on the call.

Navy Tops South Alabama 42-14 To Become Bowl Eligible
•    (AP) – Darius Staten made his final home appearance a memorable one with a career-high 127 yards on seven carries with a touchdown to lead Navy to a 42-14 victory over South Alabama.
• The Mids, who scored 22 consecutive points in the second half, finished undefeated at home for the first time since 2004.
• South Alabama’s Ross Metheny completed 18 of 27 passes for 160 yards with two touchdown passes to Shavarez Smith, who had five receptions for 65 yards.
• Brandon Bridge replaced Metheny at quarterback and put together a 20-play, 89-yard drive that was stalled at the Navy 4 when Kendall Houston was stuffed by Cody Peterson on fourth-and-2 with 11:12 left in the game. Navy then put the game away on the next possession on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Keenan Reynolds to Matt Aiken.
• Navy backup quarterback Tago Smith added another 24-yard scoring run with 2:17 left for the 42-14 lead. The Mids racked up 519 total yards, with 351 coming from the rushing attack.
• Navy opened an early 3-0 lead on its first possession with a 37-yard field goal by Nick Sloan. The Jaguars then responded with a 14-play, 78-yard scoring drive, capped by a 4-yard pass from Metheny to Smith.
• Staten then gave Navy a 10-7 lead with 13:24 left in the half with a 17-yard touchdown run. After being helped by a roughing the passer penalty on Navy’sChris Johnson, South Alabama went ahead again when Metheny and Smith teamed up for a 22-yard touchdown.
• The shootout continued on the next possession as Navy scored again on a 7-yard run by Shawn White, who carried three defenders into the end zone. The Mids increased the lead to 20-14 with 34 seconds remaining in the half on a 21-yard field goal by Sloan.

Navy Qualifies For Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced after Saturday’s victory over South Alabama that the Naval Academy has qualified to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas against a projected opponent from the Mountain West. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am in Fort Worth (11:45 am in Annapolis) and will be televised nationally by ESPN.  This will be Navy’s 10th bowl game in the last 11 seasons.
• This will be Navy’s fifth trip to Texas for a bowl game and the first since Navy’s 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
• Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at:  http://bit.ly/17zldT1
• Tickets can also be purchased starting Monday morning at 9 a.m. by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Ricketts Hall Ticket Office.
• Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
• Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
• The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30% discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30% discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.
• “We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets directly from the Naval Academy Athletic Association,” said Gladchuk. “It is very important for this game and for future Navy bowl considerations for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. If you can’t make it to the game, we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen and enlisted personnel which will allow us to create the usual pageantry of Navy football.”
• Anthony Travel is the official Naval Academy Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl travel agency. Travel packages include hotel accommodations at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel (Navy team hotel). Visit http://bit.ly/1csCTT5 and search Navy Bowl or call (888) 632-6951 to make your reservations.

Scouting San Jose State
• The Spartans enter Friday’s game with a 5-5 record and in need of one victory in the next two games to become bowl eligible.  San Jose State owns victories over Sacramento State (24-0), Hawai’i (37-27), Colorado State (34-27), Wyoming (51-44) and UNLV (34-24).  Its losses have come at the hands of Stanford (34-13), Minnesota (43-24), Utah State (40-12), San Diego State (34-30) and Nevada (38-16).
• San Jose State is led by senior quarterback David Fales, who is a probable first-round draft pick.  Fales has completed 60 percent of his passes (233-386) for 3,202 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Fales is 12th in the country in completions per game (23.3), eighth in passing yards per game (320.2) and 14th in total offense per game (317.6).
• The Spartans are 11th in the country in passing offense, averaging 325.4 yards per game and are 22nd in the country in passing yards per completion, averaging 13.7.
•    Senior wide receiver Chandler Jones has been Fales’ favorite target as he has caught 64 passes for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Jones is fifth in the nation in touchdown catches (11) and seventh in receiving yards per game (110.9).  His 6.4 catches per game ranks 25th best in the country.
•    Freshman running back Jarrod Lawson has carried the ball 124 times for 646 yards with three touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Keith Smith is one of the top linebackers in the country. He has recorded 137 tackles and eight tackles for a loss on the year and his 13.7 tackles per game is No. 1 in the country.  Smith is averaging 6.9 solo tackles per game, which stands third in the country (just behind Navy’s Cody Peterson). Freshman linebacker Christian Tago has recorded 74 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks.
•    Senior corner Bene Benwikere has picked off five passes and broken up 10 more passes on the year. He is ranked seventh in the country in interceptions per game (0.6) and fourth in the country in passes broken up per game (1.7).
•    Sophomore kicker Austin Lopez is one of the top kickers in the country, making 19 of his 23 field goal attempts and all 28 of his extra-point attempts.  Lopez is second in the country in field goals per game, averaging 1.9 per contest.
•    San Jose State has lost just five fumbles on the year, which ranks 18th in the country.

Navy vs. The Mountain West
•    Navy is 22-34 (.393) all-time against teams currently residing in the Mountain West Conference and is 2-0 this year with victories over Air Force and Hawai’i.  Navy will play a fourth Mountain West Conference team on Dec. 30 in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
•    The Mids have played six – Air Force, Colorado State, Hawai’i, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State  – of the 12 teams that make up the Mountain West.

Niumatalolo Passes Paul Johnson For Third At Navy In Career Wins
• Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 46-30 (.605) record in his six seasons as the head coach.  He is third all-time at Navy in career wins.
• Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two seasons (18), three seasons (27), four seasons (32), five seasons (40) and sixth seasons (46) of a career.
• Niumatalolo is the first Samoan head football coach on the collegiate level and the second Polynesian head coach in FBS history (Larry Price, who was the head coach at Hawai’i from 1974-76, was the first).
• Niumatalolo was recently selected as a member of the inaugural class for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Celebrating Navy’s Seniors
• The Class of 2014 has compiled a 28-20 (.583) record over four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for three bowl games and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.
• With a victory over Army on Dec. 14, the senior class would win its third Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in four years.
• Navy’s 22 seniors include:  wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken, wide receiver Casey Bolena, nose guard Travis Bridges, nose guard Barry Dabney, corner Albrey Felder, punter Justin Haan, wide receiver Brantley Horton, defensive end Michael Huf, wide receiver Shawn Lynch, guard Eric Mahler, wide receiver Hayden Maples, defensive end Evan Palelei, linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson, safety Wave Ryder, outside linebacker DJ Sargenti, slot back Darius Staten, offensive guard Thomas Stone, slot back Marcus Thomas, linebacker Michael Tuimavave, offensive tackle Matthew Van Halanger, offensive tackle Graham Vickers and offensive tackle Sam Womack.

The Red Zone    
• Navy has scored on 40 of its 45 possessions (.889) in the red zone this year, scoring 33 touchdowns (.733), kicking seven field goals, missing two field goals, taking a knee to end the game in Navy’s 51-7 victory over Delaware and losing it on downs.  The Mids are ranked 25th in the country in red zone offense.
• The opposition has scored on 27 of its 35 red zone opportunities (.771), scoring 25 touchdowns (.714), kicking two field goals, throwing two interceptions, stopped on downs tweice, took a knee once (Duke) and missed three field goals. Navy is ranked 30th in the country in red zone defense.

Inside Linebackers Cleaning Up On Tackles
•    Navy senior inside linebackers Cody Peterson and DJ Sargenti have been all over the field for the Navy defense this season.
• Peterson, the Mids’ defensive captain, is No. 2 in the country in solo tackles per game, averaging 7.4 per contest, and is tied for eighth nationally in total tackles, averaging 10.6 per contest.
•    Sargenti, who had never even recorded a tackle prior to this year and wasn’t moved to inside linebacker (was a QB as a freshman and OLB as a sophomore and junior) until the start of fall practice, is 39th in the country in solo tackles, averaging 5.3 per game, and 95th in total tackles averaging 7.9 per contest.

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Morgan travels to SC State for nationally televised contest Thursday night

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (4-6, 4-2 MEAC) at South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1 MEAC)
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Dawson Bulldog Stadium (22,000)
Orangeburg, S.C.

Television: ESPNU, Mark Neely will call the play-by-play and Jay Walker is the color analyst.

The Bears (4-6, 4-2) will travel to square-off against the South Carolina State Bulldogs in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Thursday (Nov. 14) in Orangeburg (S.C.). Head coach Buddy Pough leads the Bulldogs. South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1) extended to a 2-game winning streak after a 25-21 conference victory against Florida A&M last Saturday in Orangeburg. The Bears needed a field goal at the buzzer to complete a thrilling comeback 24-23 victory against South Carolina State at Hughes Stadium.Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Dawson Bulldog Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPNU. There will also be a live radio broadcast of the game on WEAA, 88.9 FM.

• The Bears and Bulldogs will meet for the 36th time since 1971 … South Carolina State leads the series 29-5-1.
• MSU won the first matchup in 1971 by a score of 21-0; SCSU has won eight straight against the Bears, including a 32-10 win at Hughes Stadium on Nov. 12, 2010.
• Last time against the Bulldogs (Nov. 12, 2010) … The Bears couldn’t stop No. 15 South Carolina State’s big-play offense and couldn’t get away from the Bulldogs’ attacking defense. Those were the main reasons South Carolina State handed the Bears a 32-10 loss in an ESPNU nationally televised game at Hughes Stadium.
The Bulldogs sacked Morgan State freshman quarterback Delonte Williams eight times and forced him to run for his life time and again. In the first half, the Bears gained 183 yards, but they posted minus-29 yards in the second half — when they gave up a safety and couldn’t get going.
• The last time the Bears defeated by S.C. State was on Nov. 16, 2012 … Morgan State is 1-8 against South Carolina State under Coach Hill … his single win was during his first season at the helm when his Bears travelled to Orangeburg and came away with a shocking 23-12 victory.

• Oliver “Buddy” Pough is in his 12th season as head football coach at South Carolina State, his alma mater. Since succeeding head coach emeritus Willie Jeffries as Bulldog head coach in 2002, Pough has established SC State football as one of the top programs in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). During an 11-year tenure at the school his teams have also captured two MEAC titles (2008 & 2009) outright, shared two others (2004, 2010), and made three trips to the prestigious FCS playoffs (2008, 2009 and 2010). His overall and conference records at SC State trail only Jeffries.
• South Carolina State returns 40 lettermen, including 17 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, the Bulldogs finished with a 5-6 overall record and 4-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• R-Senior QB Richard Cue (6-1, 180) leads the Bulldogs offense by completing 112 of 201 passes for 1,308 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s currently completing 55.7 percent of his passes (No. in MEAC in pass efficiency) and has thrown a total of 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout senior WR Tyler McDonald (6-3, 190) is the MEAC’s leading receiver by averaging 80.6 yards per game. Through nine games he has 37 receptions for 725 yards and has scored six touchdowns.
• The Bulldogs also have a potent ground game led by freshman RB Justin Taylor.  The Atlanta, Ga. product ranks among the league leaders in rushing with 538 yards on 153 carries (Ranked 4th in the MEAC) and has scored six rushing TDs.
• MSU’s offense will have to account for senior defender Joe Thomas. Thomas, a 6-0, 230 pound LB, ranks No. 5 in the MEAC with 88 tackles (63 solo).

• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 13 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 321.7 yards per game (5.1 per play).
• MSU ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 182.3 yards per game on 445 carries and have scored 14 TDs on the ground.
• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No 6 in the MEAC in rushing with 571 yards on 122 attempts and has scored three TDs.
• Morgan State ranks 3rd in MEAC pass efficiency (122.4).
•  The Bears defense will attempt to record their 10 straight game of registering a turnover … they recorded an interception  in their last game against North Carolina A&T.

•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE … Morgan State’s rushing game has powered the team to a No. 3 ranking in the MEAC (182.3 ypg), T-5thin scoring (21.0 ppg) and 5th in total offense (321.7 ypg). Morgan State’s 1,823 rushing yards through the first 10 games is already more than they recorded during the 2012 season (1,647 yards) … in fact, it’s already the most rushing yards gained in the last four years. With three games remaining on the schedule, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the 2,040 rushing yards they posted during the 2008 season…just 218 yards to go.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (32:01 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first nine games, the Bears have scored 23-of-29 (79%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has seven players with at least 30 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 85 stops (T-12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 50 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … The Morgan State offensive line has been one of the toughest teams to sack in the conference. The Bears currently rank No. 3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 16 sacks in 10 games.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 12 interceptions through nine games. CB Deshaun Summers and S Paul Eatman leads the way with three picks apiece, followed by CB Joe Rankin has a pair of INTs, while SS Peterson Janvier and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks T-No. 26 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 3 in pass defense by limiting opponents to 150.1 yards per game.

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES … Here are a few national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Bears:

• Morgan State is 15th nationally in net punting (38.4) and redshirt freshman punter Lawrence Forbes ranks No. 3 (45.2 avg) and has dropped 12 of his 41 punts inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•  Morgan State is 10th nationally in punt returns (2nd in the MEAC – 13.5).
•  The Bears offense ranks 22nd nationally in time of possession (32 avg TOP).
•  MSU 14th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.7).
•  Morgan State’s pass defense ranks 3rd nationally by limiting opponents to 150.1 passing yards per game.
•  Junior linebacker Cody Acker ranks 2oth nationally in solo tackles (56).

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Morgan faces Norfolk State in home opener Saturday

Posted on 27 September 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (0-4, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (0-3, 0-0 MEAC)
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET
Hughes Stadium (10,000)
Baltimore, Md.

The Bears (0-4) will open Mid-Eastern Conference play against Norfolk State on Saturday (Sept. 28) in Baltimore (Md.) for Morgan State’s home opener. The Bears have opened the 2013 season with four straight nonconference road tests. The Spartans are led by head coach Pete Adrian, who is in his ninth season at the helm for the Spartans. NSU (0-3) will enter the contest coming off of a tough home loss against Chareston Southern, 20-12. Morgan State will look to rebound from a 58-17 road loss against FBS-member Western Kentucky. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

• The Bears and Spartans will meet for the 26th time since 1965. Norfolk State leads the series 15-10 and has won the last six meetings against MSU since 2007.
• Last against the Spartans (Nov. 10, 2012) … Morgan State had five turnovers that led to Norfolk State’s 27-0 first half lead as the Spartans cruised to a 30-0 victory at Dick Price Stadium. Robert Council had a rough outing for the Bears as he completed just 4 of 12 passes 38 yards, and was picked off three times, including one that was returned 15 yards for a touchdown. Council was relieved by Seth Higgins who threw for 104 yards on 10 of 23 passing.
• The last time the Bears played the Spartans at Hughes Stadium was on Nov. 12, 2011 … Morgan State battled No. 22 Norfolk State throughout the first half, before one utterly forgettable stretch to open the second half. The Bears allowed 17 straight points in a span of 4 minutes, 26 seconds, turning a close game into a 47-14 rout.

• Norfolk State head coach Pete Adrian enters his ninth year guiding the Spartans and currently holds a 47-46 record (83-83 career record) and is the third-winningest coach in Spartan history. He guided the Spartans to the first MEAC football title and Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth in school history in 2011.
• Norfolk State finished the 2012 season with a 4-7 overall record and went 2-6 in the MEAC.
• NSU returns 39 lettermen, including 17 starters from last year’s team.
• NSU QB Omari Timmons was 10 of 17 for 95 yards and a touchdown against Charleston Southern. He was also sacked three times.
•  Ben Robinson and Christian Reyes combined for 194 yards rushing on 34 carries to lead Charleston Southern to a 20-12 nonconference victory over Norfolk State. Robinson’s 2-yard scoring run early in the second quarter gave Charleston Southern (4-0) the lead. The Spartans  came back to score on a 1-yard pass from Omari Timmons to Ryan Wade. The point after was blocked. The Charleston Southern defense added the clinching touchdown when Dyland Black caused Norfolk State’s Tyler Clark to fumble in the end zone. Black recovered the fumble for the score.
• NSU senior LB Lynden Trail is one of the leaders for the Spartans defense. Trail will enter this weekend’s contest fresh off posting 10 tackles , including one sack and two pass breakups against Charston Southern … he has 22 tackles (14 solo) with 1.5 sacks thru three games.
• NSU graduate student RB Rolandan Finch ranks as the No. 2 leading rusher in the MEAC with 234 yards on 50 carries (4.7 avg). The 5-10, 215 pound Boston College transfer finished the Charleston Southern contest with a game-high 108 rushing yards. Finch is still in search of his first touchdown in a Spartan jersey.
• The Bears’ offensive unit will face a Spartan defense that ranks among the top in the league. NSU ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in total defense (355.7/g), and No. 2 versus the pass (141.7/g).

• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears return its top receiver from last season in Andrew King … King, a Columbia (Md.) product, had 25 catches for 334 yards (13.4) and scored a pair of touchdowns as a true sophomore.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five touchdowns in 2012.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
•  NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
•  LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
•  Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return avearge (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first four games, the Bears have scored 7-of-9 (78%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 7 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has five players with at least 15 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 41 stops (4th in MEAC), including a season-high 12 tackles at Liberty (Sept. 14).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 26 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

LAUNDRY SERVICE … Morgan State mistakes in the form of penalties have been troublesome for the Bears. MSU ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in penalties (32; 63.8 avg), but was flagged a season-low five times for 35 yards at Western Kentucky last Saturday.

HIGGINS STANDS TALL IN QB CAROUSEL … With Robert CouncilMoses Skillon and Ricky Fisk jockeying for additional playing time, Seth Higgins put together a solid outing last week at Western Kentucky. The junior completed 13 of his 21 passes for 126 yards and tossed two touchdowns. He also had 13 carries for 56 yards. Although he did throw a pair of interceptions, it was his best statistical performance since throwing for 153 yards in last season’s overtime win against Sacred Heart last year.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded five interceptions through four games. CB Joe Rankin has a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Javier, CBDeShaun Summers, and LB Bill Hill each have an interception to their credit. Morgan State’s defense currently ranks T-18 in the FCS in interceptions and No. 19 in pass defense (151.8 avg).

HIGGINS STANDS TALL IN QB CAROUSEL … With Robert CouncilMoses Skillon and Ricky Fisk jockeying for additional playing time, Seth Higgins put together a solid outing last week at Western Kentucky. The junior completed 13 of his 21 passes for 126 yards and tossed two touchdowns. He also had 13 carries for 56 yards. Although he did throw a pair of interceptions, it was his best statistical performance since throwing for 153 yards in last season’s overtime win against Sacred Heart last year.

INGRAM EARNS CFPA HONORS … Senior tight end Nate Ingram was honored by the College Football Performance Awards for his play last Saturday against BCS-member Western Kentucky. Ingram was named honorable mention tight end of the week after recording four catches for 60 yards. The Sicklerville (N.J.) was also on the receiving end of a 35-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Seth Higgins for the Morgan State’s first score of the game. It marked the second longest scoring play of the season for the Bears. Ingram, who has started at tight end in the first four games, is averaging 12.7 yards per reception and has six catches on the season.

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