In the last six seasons, Morgan State had never finished lower than sixth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in scoring and averaged at least 66.5 points.
That trend has not continued this winter, as the Bears (1-8 overall and 0-2 in the league) have scored 57.1 points per game, which ranks 11th out of 13 conference teams.
But coach Todd Bozeman is taking a patient approach to an offense that graduated 70.1 percent of its total scoring and 69 percent of its total rebounds from a year ago.
"This is the first time since we've been here that we haven't had a 1,000-point scorer returning or a serious low-post threat," Bozeman said Wednesday. "So it's working out the roles and guys growing into them. We probably need to take better shots overall as a team, and we're working to do that."
Morgan State has converted just 32.6 percent (185-of-567) of its shots from the field, last in the MEAC, and has shot less than 35 percent in eight games. While asserting that the team's competition has been tougher than other league teams thus far, Bozeman acknowledged that the players must be more opportunistic with their shots.
"We have better shooters than what the statistics show," he said. "I think it's a matter of just taking better shots. Some of them would be higher-percentage shots. We've had some games where we missed a lot of shots in the paint and those are high-percentage shots. So it's a matter of taking better shots and obviously, you have to make them. We have some – particularly in some of the young guys – good shooters. It's just a matter of getting comfortable."