Morgan State men's basketball off to 2-0 start in MEAC for first time in three years

Bears have been 2-0 in league in four previous years under coach Todd Bozeman and have advanced to conference tournament final each time

January 16, 2014|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

The Morgan State men's basketball team is off to a 2-0 start in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the first time since the 2010-11 season, courtesy of Saturday’s 73-56 rout of South Carolina State.

“[The wins] all are important, particularly in the conference,” Bears coach Todd Bozeman said Thursday morning. “It’s important to get off to a good start. We hadn’t won our first two conference games in probably a couple years. So this was good. It was good for us to get back on the winning track, and it’s important for us to stay focused and keep getting better. That’s pretty much our goal.”

Back-to-back wins to open the league have usually been a good omen for the Bears (4-10 overall). Since Bozeman took over the program prior to the 2006-07 campaign, Morgan State has parlayed a 2-0 start in the MEAC to an appearance in the conference tournament final four times, winning the championship in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Saturday’s thrashing of the Bulldogs may have been heightened by the fact that it ended a three-game losing skid for the Bears. But Bozeman preferred to look at the big picture.

“It’s just good to start off the conference with two wins,” he said. “Our focus has always been to get better. If you look at our track record, sometimes it doesn’t necessarily start out great, but we played in five championship games in seven years and we’ve been to three postseasons. So I don’t know if you can judge by how we do necessarily early in the conference as always an indicator. But I think if you ask any coach in the country about starting off the conference, it’s always great to get off to a good start.”

Morgan State is one of four teams remaining in the league with undefeated conference records. But Bozeman said it’s too early to get caught up in win-loss marks.

“You’re talking about two games,” he said. “Some teams have played four games. It’s just the way that works out in our schedule. Obviously, it feels good to be in that position. But it’s not the say-all, do-all. We have a long way to go. The conference season is just getting started.”

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