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Men's Basketball Preseason Ranked No. 1 in Nation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After last year's first ever NAIA National Tournament Final-Four appearance, the Northwood University men's basketball team has been picked to win the 2011-2012 national championship. In the NAIA Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Seahawks took the top spot and are preseason ranked No. 1 in the nation. This is the first time in the history of the program that the Seahawks begin the season at the top of the list.

 

Other opponents ranked in the Top 25 include No. 4 Bellevue University (Neb.), No. 8 Embry-Riddle, and No. 19 Warner University.

In addition to being picked No. 1 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Seahawks were also picked to finish first in the Sun Conference regular season. Coach Rollie Massimino's Seahawks received eight out of the nine possible first place votes. Massimino, who was the 2011 NAIA National Coach of the Year, returns six letterwinners who helped the Seahawks to a perfect 16-0 record. The returning veterans include the 2011 Sun Conference Player of the Year and First-Team All-American, Jonathan Dunn (24 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and All-Conference selection and third-team All-American, Patrick Horstmann (11.9 ppg, 10 rpg, 1.6 apg). The Seahawks will also be welcoming newcomers Masse Doumbe and Jake Lockhart, who are expected to make significant contributions to the team's success this season. 


MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Date    Opponent    Location    Time        
11/4    at Maryland (ex)         College Park, MD    7:00pm         
11/7    at Fordham (ex)         Bronx, NY    7:00pm         
11/11    vs Trinity College         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
11/14    at Northwood (MI)         Midland, MI    7:00pm         
11/17    vs Nova Southeastern         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
11/19    vs Bellevue University @ Warner         Lake Wales, FL    7:00pm         
11/26    vs St.Thomas *         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
11/30    vs Webber International *         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
12/3    at Palm Beach Atlantic         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
12/16    vs Sterling - Battle At The Beach t         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
12/17    vs Consolation Game - Battle At The Beach t         W. Palm Beach, FL    5:00pm         
12/17    vs Championship - Battle At The Beach t         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
12/29    vs Spring Arbor - Chuck Daly Classic t         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
12/30    vs Windsor - Chuck Daly Classic t         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
1/2    vs Truett McConnell @ Warner University         Lake Wales, FL    5:00pm         
1/3    vs UMass-Dartmouth @ Warner University         Lake Wales, FL    5:00pm         
1/5    vs St. Xavier         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
1/7    vs Haskell Indian Nation         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
1/11    at Ave Maria *         Naples, FL    7:00pm         
1/14    at Johnson & Wales *         N. Miami, FL    7:00pm         
1/19    at Embry-Riddle *         Daytona Beach, FL    7:00pm         
1/21    vs Johnson & Wales *         W. Palm Beach, FL    4:00pm         
1/23    vs Palm Beach Atlantic         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
1/25    at Warner *         Lake Wales, FL    7:00pm         
1/28    at Southeastern *         Lakeland, FL    7:00pm         
1/30    vs Florida Memorial *         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
2/2    at St. Thomas *         Miami Gardens, FL    7:00pm         
2/4    vs Ave Maria *         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
2/6    at Webber International *         Babson Park, FL    7:00pm         
2/9    vs Embry-Riddle *         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
2/11    vs Warner *         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
2/13    at Florida Memorial *         Miami, FL    7:00pm         
2/18    vs Southeastern *         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
2/21    vs TSCC         W. Palm Beach, FL    7:00pm         
2/24    vs Sun Conference Championship         TBA    7:00pm         
2/25    vs Sun Conference Championship t         TBA    7:00pm         
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BOLD - denotes home contest
* - denotes conference contest
t - denotes tournament contest





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BREAKING NEWS JUST IN....

FORMER ALL STARS MEMBER (FROM AGE 10 TO 14) JAKE LOCKHART HAS BEEN RECRUITED BY NCAA DIVISION 1 MEAC CONFERENCE 2009 - 2010 BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS, MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.           MORE NEWS AND VIDEO FOOTAGE TO FOLLOW SHORTLY

2010-11 Basketball Roster
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TEAM
#        Full Name    Pos.    Ht.    Cl.    Hometown / Highschool
1          Larry Bastfield     PG    5-11    Jr.     Baltimore, Md. / Towson Catholic
2          Gene Johnson     F    6-7    Gr.     Hagerstown, MD / Saint Maria Gorreti HS
3          Tola Lawal     G    6-3    Jr.     Brooklyn, New York / Canarsie HS
5          Justin Black     G/F    6-2    Fr.     St. Louis, MO / DeMatha HS
10          Justin Jackson     PG    5-10    Rf.     Baltimore, Md. / Digital Harbor
12          Aric Brooks     G/F    6-6    Jr.     Baltimore, Md. / St. Frances Academy
13          Domonique Scott     G    5-10    Sr.     Silver Spring, Md. / Blake
21          Adam Braswell     G    6-2    So.     Burlington, D.J. / Notre Dame Prep
23          Jake Lockhart     G/F    6-4    Fr.     Boca Raton, Fla. / St. Andrews HS
32          DeWayne Jackson     F    6-8    So.     Bowie,MD / Bowie HS
33          Kevin Thompson     F    6-9    Jr.     Baltimore, MD / Walbrook HS
34          Ameer Ali     F    6-4    Jr.     Philadelphia, PA / Progressive Christian Academy/Simon Grantz HS
42          Rodney Stokes     F    6-10    Sr.     Glen Burnie, MD / Old Mill HS
44          Derrick Banks     G    5-11    Fr.     Bowie, Md. / DeMatha
50          Ian Chiles     C    7-2    Rf.     Cliffside Park, N.J. / Paterson Catholic HS
Coaching Staff
Name    Title
Todd Bozeman     Rhode Island, '86
Kevin McClain     Univ. of America, '03
Keith Goodie     Morgan State, '08
                                                                       

Morgan State University Bears Basketball Team
2010-11 Basketball Roster

Jake Lockhart                                    
Event: Guard/Forward
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
High School: St. Andrews HS

A Closer Look: Played point and shooting guard in high school ... in 2007 his team finished as Regional Champions ... won the District Championship and finished 21-8 in 2008 ... helped lead team to a 41-14 record from 2008 to 2009 under Coach John O'Connel ... averaged 17 ppg, 5 rpg and 3 apg as a senior ... ranked as the No. 1 player in England before moving to the United States ... All-County as a senior in West Palm Beach, Fla. ... his father was an Olympic sprinter ... Antigua is his hometown ...  volunteered by teaching underpriviledged children basic basketball skills ... he worked  at a sport store from age 12 to 14 ... his career ambition is to be in a financial position to help as many people as he can ... enjoys weightlifting, playing spanish guitar, traveling and reading ... inspired by his mother.

2010-11 Men's Basketball Schedule
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Neutral Site Games are in italics
* denotes a Default contest
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Current Record
Overall     Pct.     Conf     Pct.     Streak     Home     Away     Neutral
3 - 4     .429     1 - 0     1.000     W1     1 - 1     1 - 2     1 - 1
Date        Opponent    Location    Time/Result    Details
11/12/2010          Loyola Marymount University     Los Angeles, California     W 81-79     Details
11/18/2010          Providence College     Providence, RI    L 55-77     Details
11/20/2010          La Salle University     Philadelphia, PA    L 79-74     Details
Cancun Challenge
11/23-24/2010          Western Illinois University         W 72-53     Details
11/24/2010          University of North Florida         L 52-59     Details
11/29/2010          Loyola University     Hill Field House    L 67-73     Details
12/4/2010     *    Coppin State University     Hill Field House    W 70-64     Details
12/18/2010          University of Maryland Baltimore County     Hill Field House    7:00 p.m.     Details
12/20/2010          Syracuse University     Syracuse, NY    7:00 p.m.     Details
12/27/2010          University of Louisville     Louisville, KY    7:00 p.m.     Details
12/30/2010          Robert Morris University     Hill Field House    7:00 p.m.     Details
1/4/2011          Baylor University     Waco, TX    7:00 p.m. (CT)     Details
1/8/2011     *    Howard University     Hill Field House    4:00 p.m.     Details
1/10/2011     *    Hampton University     Hill Field House    7:30 p.m.     Details
1/15/2011     *    South Carolina State University     Hill Field House    5:00 p.m.     Details
1/22/2011     *    Delaware State University     Dover, DE    7:00 p.m.     Details
1/24/2011     *    University of Maryland Eastern Shore     Princess Anne, MD    7:30 p.m.     Details
1/29/2011     *    Norfolk State University         1:00 p.m.     Details
1/31/2011     *    North Carolina A&T State University     Hill Field House    7:30 p.m.     Details
2/5/2011     *    Florida A&M University     Tallahassee, FL    6:00 p.m.     Details
2/7/2011     *    Bethune-Cookman University     Daytona Beach, FL    7:30 p.m.     Details
2/14/2011     *    South Carolina State University     Orangeburg, SC    7:30 p.m.     Details
BRACKETBUSTER
2/18-19/2011          TBA         TBA     Details
2/21/2011     *    University of Maryland Eastern Shore         9:00 p.m.     Details
2/23/2011     *    Delaware State University     Hill Field House    7:00 p.m.     Details
2/26/2011     *    Norfolk State University     Norfolk, VA    6:00 p.m.     Details
2/28/2011     *    North Carolina A&T State University     Greensboro, NC    7:00 p.m.     Details
3/3/2011     *    Coppin State University     Baltimore, MD    7:30 p.m.     Details



   
Morgan State Men's Basketball Continues Pursuit of Excellence

MSU Media Relations

11/6/2010 11:35:14 AM
Morgan State – one of the top Mid-Major programs over the past four seasons – will vie again as the favorite for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title in 2010-11 and its third straight NCAA Tournament berth.

The school’s head coach, Todd Bozeman, states, “Our goal is always to take positive steps and continue to improve. We want to build on that and not base anything we look at on anyone else’s expectations or predictions. We just want to go out and improve and be consistent every night out.”

Coach Bozeman enters his fifth season with reason for optimism, despite the loss of several key players from last season’s second MEAC Championship title. Two All-Conference selections, Kevin Thompson andDeWayne Jackson return, as do two seniors with significant experience and four other lettermen. Thompson and Jackson, the reigning MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively, headline a talented roster that loses Reggie Holmes -- the Bears all-time leading scorer. Added firepower will be provided by 7-foot-2 center Ian Chiles and junior college transfer Aric Brooks. Thus, the Bears third straight MEAC title and fourth Division I postseason berth in the history of the program is within reach.

Star Power
Morgan State returns two of the top players in the conference in junior forward Kevin Thompson and sophomore swingman DeWayne Jackson. Both are expected to provide leadership for this upcoming season.

Thompson, the MEAC’s Defensive Player of the Year recipient, was the league’s most dominant post player throughout the 2009-10 season. Only a sophomore, Thompson led the MEAC with 11.9 rebounds per game (4th best in the nation), and completed the season with 22 double-doubles (points & rebounds), third best in the NCAA Division I.

To add to his trophy case in 2010, the seven-time MEAC Player of the Week honoree was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District First Team.  He completed the season by averaging 12.7 points and shot 52 percent from the field (186-357).  Last season he held the nation's best rebounding performance with a career-high 25 boards against non-conference foe Towson.  Thompson was also selected the MVP of the MEAC Tournament as he helped lead the Bears to their second consecutive conference championship.

On Kevin Thompson …
“He has been the anchor in our post going on his third year. He will be MEAC Preseason Player of the Year, and rightfully so, coming off being the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of the MEAC Tournament. Kevin is a tenacious rebounder and is a tremendous presence in the paint. He has a high basketball IQ, understands the game, and a good teammate on the court. He is an unselfish player and will be counted on a lot more for scoring this year. He didn’t have to last year, but to still average a double-double and be one of the leading rebounders in the country is significant. He is the best post-player in the conference and one of the best in the country.”

The Baltimore, Md., native will look to become just the first player under Coach Bozeman to repeat as a recipient of one of the league’s top awards. “Big Baby” ranks 5th in Morgan State history with 748 career rebounds and 93 blocked shots and should challenge Boubacar Coly’s record of 120 blocks.

DeWayne Jackson was named the 2010 MEAC Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Bear to earn that honor in school history. In addition, Jackson earned Second Team NABC All-District honors and was honored four times as the MEAC Player of the Week.

Jackson, a deadeye shooter, spent the summer working on improving his game. The 6-8 forward from Bowie, Md., completed the season by averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and tallied 30 steals, 28 blocks, and 26 assists in 37 games.  Jackson led the MEAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.458) and scored in double-digits 21 times this season. Jackson was selected the MEAC's Rookie of the Week four times. While he was an excellent offensive player, Jackson was also a tremendous defender for the Bears. He tallied 30 steals and had 28 blocks off of the bench and was usually matched-up against the opponent’s best player.

On DeWayne Jackson ...
“He is our first rookie of the year here since we’ve been at Morgan and that’s significant in itself. To be a 50 percent 3-point shooter, he will be called upon to score more this year and to pick up some of the slack after losing Reggie Holmes. I think he’s up for the task. He has grown a lot as a person and a player and his leadership definitely stands out. A lot of that comes from him being more comfortable, and more confident after having played a season of Division I basketball. He has a tenacity and a will to win, so we expect a lot from Jackson this year.”

Both Thompson and Jackson will be ones to watch as the Bears prepare to defend their MEAC crown.

Two Seniors
Joining Thompson and Jackson are seniors Rodney Stokes and Gene Johnson.

Stokes is one of the most underrated centers in the MEAC. The Glen Burnie, Md., native has seen action in 82 career games, including 41 starts. He is coming off a solid junior season in which he averaged 3.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. He’s a veteran who played significant minutes as a post defender year ago and has shot 50 percent or better from the field during his career.

Johnson returns for his fifth year at Morgan State (fourth in athletic eligibility) as a commendable post player. The 6-7, 220-pounder has improved steadily throughout his career. He averaged 1.0 point, 1.0 rebound and saw action in 27 games last season.

Five Letterwinners Return Overall
Overall, five letterwinners return to Morgan State in 2010-11, all of which have earned starts during the course of their respective careers. Junior forward Ameer Ali returns for the Bears.

After working diligently on his shot in the off-season, Ali figures to improve upon his sophomore numbers as he returns as a veteran of Coach Bozeman’s program. Ali is a hard-nosed and versatile athlete who has the ability to cause matchup problems in the post and can also play on the perimeter. He does not shy away from contact around the basket and he has proven to be one of the team’s better rebounders. He started 21 of 35 games last year and averaged 4.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Bozeman On Ameer Ali ...
“He is kind of like our blue-collar worker, a leader, a guy who brings toughness and rebounding to our program as his role of scoring increases each year. He’s an intangible guy and a very important piece to the puzzle.”

The Seven Newcomers
Morgan State recruited what may be the most interesting crop of talent in recent years. Tola Lawal, Larry Bastfield, Justin Jackson, Aric Brooks, Justin Black, Jake Lockhart and Ian Childs form the incoming class.

Redshirt-freshman Ian Chiles, a 7-2, 270-pound center from Cliffside Park, N.J will certainly give the Bears a presence inside.

A 6-6, 210-pound combo forward, Brooks joins the Bears as a transfer from Jacksonville State.

“Aric will play a significant role for us, he has a great demeanor and is a great teammate,” said Bozeman. “He reminds us of Marquise Kately, one of our former players, with his versatility in addition to having a great mid-range game.” Brooks was an All-Metro selection when he led St. Frances to a 24-10 record in 2007.

Freshman Justin Black a 6-2, 210-pound guard from DeMatha High in Washington, D.C. is a combo-guard and will be a very exciting young player. Jake Lockhart, a native of London, spent two years in Michigan at Country Day High, and two years in Boca Raton (Fla.). The coaching staff feels he will play like former Bear contributors Troy Smith and Rogers Barnes. In addition he can play multiple positions on the wing and will be a tough perimeter defender.

Tola Lawal, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., starred at Erie C.C. where he was a two-time JuCO All-American and led his team to a 27-2 record and a No. 1 national ranking. He shot 52 percent from the field and scored 1,104 points in two seasons.

The 5-10, 185-pound junior guard Larry Bastfield played at Towson Catholic in Baltimore (Md.) and transferred from Toledo University. He will provide stability and leadership for the Bears young backcourt.

In addition, Justin Jackson, a 5-10, 175-pound point guard joins the squad. Jackson was a local prep standout at Digital Harbor where he led the Rams to an 18-5 record and finished as an All-Metro selection. “He’s a tough kid that will add value to the team,” Bozeman said.

Bozeman talk about reloading from season-to-season …
“We really try hard to let our guy’s personalities come out on the court. Just like when we won the 2007-08 regular season and we lost the starting point guard (Jerell Green) and MEAC Player of the Year (Jamar Smith), and Defensive Player of the Year (Boubacar Coly). We just look for other guys to step up and shine, and lead the program, and in stepped Jermaine “Itchy” Bolden, Rogers Barnes and Marquise Kately. And last year it was Reggie’s (Holmes) turn, even though he had really started to make his mark a little bit earlier, but he really made his mark last year. Reggie and Troy (Smith) put their imprint on the program last year. I try not to get into that sort of thing, to look to replace people. I just want guys to continue to improve themselves and stay in their own lanes and we work the rest of it out as we go.”

On loss of Reggie Holmes …
“The loss of Reggie Holmes is obviously significant. He was a great young man and a model student-athlete. He grew into the type of guy that would do whatever was asked of him. You don’t replace a Reggie Holmes; other guys just have to step up and play a role. Reggie scored a lot for us and made big plays, but one of the things we’ve been able to do as a program is sustain the loss of significant contributors and come back and win more games the following year. That’s the significant sign of a program, and not a team.”

Returning Production Numbers
Morgan State returns 40 percent of its scoring, 65 percent of its rebounding and 40 percent of its minutes played totals from last year’s team. The team leaders in field goal percentage (Thompson - .521), three-point percentage (Jackson - .419), free throw percentage (Jackson - .681), rebounding (Thompson – 11.8), blocked shots (Thompson – 1.4), and minutes played (Thompson – 31.0) are back in 2010-11. Three players who started at least 20 games a year ago also return – Thompson (34), Jackson (26) and Ali (21).

Who’s Gone
Morgan State lost seven letterwinners from last year’s 27-10 MEAC championship team. Guards Reggie Holmes (21.5 ppg/4.3 rpg/1.5 spg), Troy Smith (9.3 ppg/3.8 rpg/1.2 spg/1.7 apg) and Sean Thomas (4.6 ppg/3.1 apg/23.5 mpg) are the three starters gone. Holmes was the 2010 MEAC Player of the Year, he was a NABC All-Region First Team selection and was also named to the CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson (Mid-Major) All-America Team. Holmes also finished his career as the leading scorer in MSU men’s basketball history with 2,051 career points. Sixth-man specialist Joe Davis (7.2 ppg/1.0 apg), along with John Long, Buford Foote , Danny Smith (2.8 ppg/2.8 apg) have also departed from the team.

The Schedule
Morgan State will face its usual demanding schedule in 2010-11 and will open the season in Los Angeles on Nov. 12 against Loyola Marymount. The Bears’ non-conference schedule includes Providence, La Salle, UMBC, Syracuse, Louisville and Robert Morris. The Bears will also participate in the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 23-24.

“I always try to plan a schedule that can help prepare the team for post-season play,” explained Bozeman. “Every year we try to travel somewhere far away, so this year we’ll be playing in Cancun.”

Morgan State’s home opener will be on Nov. 29 against Loyola University, followed by a Dec. 4 showdown at Hill Field House against cross-town rival Coppin State.

In addition to its non-conference schedule, Morgan State will face another rigorous MEAC slate in 2010-11, a season that will include the team’s third straight appearance in an ESPN Bracketbuster game scheduled for February 18th or 19th.

Morgan State has won three consecutive MEAC regular season championships in the past four years, compiling an impressive 61-16 conference record during that span, and has competed in three of the last four MEAC Tournaments, winning the last two.