Morgan Wraps Regular Season Thursday at FAMU

March 01, 2012 | WNST Staff

Game 28
Thursday, March 1, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (8-19, 5-10 MEAC) at Florida A&M (8-21, 6-9 MEAC)
Tallahassee, Fla. – Al Lawson Center

Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 109-82/6th
Career Record: 144-144  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV

•   Morgan State will travel south to take on the Florida A&M Rattlers in a regular season finale on Thursday, March 1 set to tip at 7:30 p.m. MSU, winners of three of its last four games, will attempt to build upon a 73-72 win Monday at Delaware State. Florida A&M will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Bears.

With 1.1 seconds left in the game, Aric Brooks toed the line and hit both free throws to give the Bears a 73-72 win at Memorial Hall. Blake Bozeman scored a career-high 14 points (4-6 3FG) for MSU, who shot a blistering 65 percent (30-46) and went 6-for-12 from 3-point range. Brooks, Chiles and Justin Black each finished with 10 points.

MSU’s 91 points against the Eagles were the most points the Bears have scored this season, and also the most points scored by the Bears since defeating Florida A&M 94-68 on Feb. 7, 2010.

Freshman guard Blake Bozeman had a season-high 14 points  and hit 4 of 6 3-pointers during the Bears win at Delaware State.

MSU will look to improve upon a 4-10 road record.

At UMES, MSU struggled from the free throw line the entire game as they shot just 2 of 19 (47 percent) from the free throw line and was just 2 of 19 (10 percent) from 3-point territory.

• The Bears have used seven (8) different starting lineups in their first 27 games.

Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 15 of 27 games, and has posted six double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.

Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks so far this season.

The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.

Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.

The Morgan State men’s basketball program recognized four seniors who have helped accumulate several lofty achievements during their tenures. PG Larry Bastfield, G/F Aric Brooks, F Ameer Ali and F/C Kevin Thompson will be playing in their final season.

Nearly all of DeWayne Jackson’s numbers improved this season from last season, with one notable: Steals. Through his first 26 games, Jackson is averaging 1.7 steals per game (No. 4 in the MEAC), up from 1.4 during the 2010-11. He has recorded 118 thefts in his career and collected a career-high 5 steals in the Bears win against Liberty in a Sears Bracketbusters matchup.

•  Give the Bears a 6-10 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

•  Give Todd Bozeman his 110th victory as MSU’s head coach.

• Give the Bears its fourth road victory of the season and its third conference road win.

• Give the Bears its 17th win against Florida A&M.

• Thursday night’s game will be the 51st meeting between Morgan State and Florida A&M in men’s basketball. The Bears hold a 33-16 advantage in the series since the 1987-88 season.

•  MSU has won three of the last five meetings against the Rattlers.

•  MSU’s last time at Al Lawson Center – Forward Yannick Crowder scored 15 points and Chris Watson had 11 points to lead Florida A&M to a 63-59 victory. Florida A&M recorded its first win against the Bears since January 17, 2009, and improved to 8-1 on their home court at the Al Lawson Center. Ameer Ali, who entered the game averaging 6.3 points per game, was the Bears leading scorer tonight by finishing with 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting. The junior also collected four rebounds and two steals.

•  Florida A&M’s standout forward Yannick Crowder returns as one of the top rebounders in the MEAC … Crowder ranks among the league’s leaders ranked 10th by averaging 6.7 rebounds per contest.

•  The Rattlers are 5-7 at home games so far this season, their last home win was against North Carolina A&T on February 6, 2012 dropping 87-77.

•  Junior forward Amin Stevens leads the Rattlers in scoring by averaging 16 point per game. The 6-foot-6 forward also leads the team in shooting percentage (.476) and rebounding rebounding (10.5 rpg).

•  The Rattlers’ scoring offense ranks 6th in the MEAC by averaging 66.3 points per game, conversely they rank No. 11 in scoring defense, limiting teams to 74 points per game.

Morgan State currently ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in blocked shots by averaging 4.5 blocks per game.

MSU will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to compete in the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.