NCCU leaves rival N.C. A&T begging for mercy
N.C. Central’s bitter rival went back to Greensboro chewing on the sour taste of an 84-44 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference loss in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium on Wednesday.
It was the largest margin of victory in the 143 games of the Aggie-Eagle series.
N.C. A&T coach Cy Alexander wasn’t hemming and hawing after the game. The Eagles just flat-out spanked his Aggies, he said.
“They shot the ball exceptionally well. We shot 15 percent in the first half,” Alexander said. “They outplayed us in every facet. They out-competed us. They out-boarded us. They handled the ball better than we did. They shot better from the field.”
The Aggies made just 10 shots all night. They put up 44 shots. Jeremy Underwood was A&T’s leading scorer with eight points.
NCCU had four scorers in double figures, led by Jeremy Ingram’s 20 points.
The Eagles got 17 points and seven rebounds from Jordan Parks, 13 points and nine rebounds from Karamo Jawara and 10 points and 4 rebounds from Jay Copeland.
NCCU point guard Emanuel Chapman (9 points, 9 assists) flirted with a triple-double. He played in a pair of old-styled Air Jordans and darted around the court with the flair of the shoes’ namesake, particularly with his assists.
Chapman, the best set-up man in NCCU history with well over 500 assists, did rise one time for a mean shot block on an Aggie. He said he normally just sports his Air Jordans around campus but decided to wear them against A&T.
NCCU’s Jordan Parks was playing with the flu. He had a little coughing spell right before he stepped on the court for the second half. A trainer squirted some antibacterial spray on Parks’ hands to put a little defense on those germs.
Parks spent most of the night hanging on the rim, dunking lobs from Chapman.
“Jordan Parks, I thought he was incredible,” Moton said. “Jordan hasn’t practiced all week. He had the flu. He just got cleared before the game.”
Moton said Parks threw-up in the weight room and looked like he was about the pass out. Since Parks hadn’t been practicing, he didn’t have a clue about the scouting report on A&T (6-13, 2-2 MEAC).
“I just told him don’t ever come to practice (anymore),” Moton said. “Just stay in the room and show up for games if you’re going to have 17 and 7 in 19 minutes.”
Once the Eagles (12-5, 3-1 MEAC) got over the nerves that come with playing an archrival, they stopped taking bad shots and settled into a rather complete game, Moton said.
“We didn’t catch them on their best night. That happens. The ball just doesn’t bounce. We’re not 40 points better than A&T,” Moton said. “But it’s a MEAC win, and that’s what we’re concerning ourselves with.”
|NC CENTRAL 84, NC A&T 44|
Percentages: FG .227, FT .769.
3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Underwood 2-5, Doby 1-3, Middleton 1-4, Taylor 0-1, Briscoe 0-1, Pack 0-2, Beckford 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 2.
Blocked Shots: 9 (Akinkugbe 5, Doby 2, Taylor, Beckford).
Turnovers: 20 (Pack 3, Underwood 3, Akinkugbe 3, Beckford 3, Taylor 2, Middleton 2, Briscoe, Keyes, Siverand).
Steals: 3 (Underwood, Beckford, Siverand).
Technical Fouls: Simmons.
Percentages: FG .462, FT .704.
3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Ingram 2-5, Chapman 1-1, Jawara 1-3, Groves 1-5, Holmes 0-1, Moody 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 8.
Blocked Shots: 8 (Jawara 3, Copeland 2, Ingram 2, Holmes).
Turnovers: 11 (Chapman 5, Copeland 2, Ingram 2, Groves, Moody).
Steals: 8 (Houston 3, Chapman 2, Parks, Ingram, Eaton).
Technical Fouls: None.
Officials_Jackie Sanders, Garrick Shannon, Haywood Bostic.