Hoop Preview: Morgan State

Nittany Lions looking for fifth win of the season in Saturday action at the Jordan Center. The Bears and first-year coach Todd Bozeman provide the competition.

Morgan State @ Penn State

Tipoff: 4 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State 4-2, Morgan State 0-5

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 35-59 in four seasons at Penn State and 140-152 in 11 seasons overall; Todd Bozeman (yes, THAT Todd Bozeman) is 0-5 in his first year at MSU and 63-40 in five seasons overall.

Series: Penn State leads the series 3-0.

TV: ESPN360 (webcast). Mike Reghi (play-by-play) and Frank Giardina (color).

Radio: ESPN 1430 (Altoona). Steve Jones (play-by-play) and Dick Jerardi (color) will call the game for the Penn State Sports Network.

Last Time Out: Penn State lost at No. 19 Georgia Tech (67-64) Tuesday. Morgan State lost to UMBC (86-72) Monday.

Next Up: Penn State plays host to Hartford Wednesday (7:30 p.m. tip).


Penn State

G Ben Luber, 6-0 Jr. (10.0)

G Mooch Jackson, 6-1 Sr. (4.0)

F Geary Claxton, 6-5 Jr. (6.0)

F Jamelle Cornley, 6-5 So. (15.8)

F Brandon Hassell, 6-11 Jr. (7.2)

Morgan State

G Jerrel Green, 5-10 Jr. (3.6)

G Joseph McLean, 6-2 Sr. (8.6)

G Jamar Smith, 6-3 Jr. (8.8)

F Ronald Timus, 6-6 Sr. (15.4)

F Boubaccar Coly, 6-9 Jr. (9.8).


Quickie Quiz: Where have you heard Bozeman's name before? …

• The Bears don't play much defense. They are giving up 87.4 points per game and allowing opponents to convert 52.4 percent of their shots from the field and 43.8 percent of their shots from the arc.

• Freshman guard Reggie Holmes averages 12.8 ppg off the bench for MSU.

• Morgan State drew a total of 1,951 fans for its last two games, both at home. And one of them was against Seton Hall.

• Something's got to give: The Bears score 70.4 ppg. The Lions give up 59.8 ppg.

• This is Toys for Tots day. Kids get in free with a new, unwrapped toy for the charity. Adults get in for five bucks with the same. …

• Quiz Answer: Bozeman is the former acclaimed Cal coach (think Jason Kidd) who received an eight-year NCAA banishment for recruiting violations.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 83, Morgan Staten 65.

Comment: This is PSU's one realistic shot of nailing the 90-point/free burger promotion at the BJC this season. The Lions should win easily but will come up a few ounces short of the … uh … Quarter Pounder.

FOS Prediction Record: 5-1


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