Morgan State's top trio tries to snap skid

January 30, 2014|By Pete Barrett | The Baltimore Sun

Morgan State will attempt to break up a two-game losing streak when the Bears face Delaware State for the first time this season Saturday.

Led by seniors Justin Black, Ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard, Morgan State (6-12) will look to improve upon a 4-2 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Black ranks third in the Conference in points per game (18.7) and second in steals (40). Ian Chiles ranks third in blocked shots (50) and fourth in field goal percentage (.555). And Hubbard is averaging 11.1 points and leads Morgan State with 6.6 rebounds per game.

Bozeman expects that Delaware State (4-15, 0-6) will try to control the tempo by changing defenses regularly. But it will be hard to defend the Bears’ balanced attack.

“It gives us flexibility,” Bozeman said. “They can’t just focus on the perimeter in Justin [Black] or in the post on Ian [Chiles] or on [Anthony] Hubbard who, as a utility guy, can score a lot of different ways.”

Delaware State also has three players who average double-figures: guard Casey Walker, 12.5 ppg; forward Tyshawn Bell, 11.3 ppg; and center Kendall Gray, 11.1 ppg. 

The MEAC matchup kicks off a three-game homestand for the Bears, who dropped the final two of four consecutive road games.

Following the game against Delaware State, Morgan State will welcome Hampton on Monday and Norfolk on Jan. 8. The Bears defeated both teams earlier this season, and Black led the pack with 24 points in each game. 

“It is good to not have to travel, and to be able to sleep in your own bed, that is an advantage,” Bozeman said. “But I’m not a guy who focuses on playing at home or on the road.

“It’s just important that we play well. It’s our second time playing Hampton and Norfolk, so it’s probably more significant that we’re playing them for the second time than we’re playing them at home.”pbarrett@baltsun.com

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