Chapman sets assist mark as NCCU rolls
N.C. Central blew the doors off Johnson & Wales on Monday.
The 98-47 score was no surprise.
Johnson & Wales — many students go there to study culinary arts — is located in Charlotte.
In past seasons, NCCU has beaten the Wildcats three times by an average of 65.7 points.
It was the same old, same old for Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman, still distributing the basketball to open guys for baskets. He stepped onto the floor needing five assists to become the school’s all-time leader in that category. Chapman finished the game with six assists.
Shortly before the game ended, arena announcer Bill Murphy led the fans in saluting Chapman, who went to mid-court and returned the love.
Chapman (6-1, 160) has 410 assists, surpassing 409 by Michael Wright, who played at NCCU in the early to mid-1980s.
“It’s good that I got it, but everybody else helped me,” Chapman said.
Last season, Chapman, a senior from Raleigh, led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with 5.8 assists per game.
NCCU coach LeVelle Moton said Chapman is in select company with respect to the fine guards who have suited up for the Eagles over the years.
As for the Eagles, who had on new uniforms against Johnson & Wales, Moton said he’d seen better.
“I didn’t like our performance,” Moton said. “I just think we’ve got to get better. We’ve got so many new guys and so many injuries, we have to be better fundamentally, and I didn’t like our fundamentals.”
NCCU had 17 turnovers against a Johnson & Wales team that couldn’t bring the pressure that NCCU will deal with in the MEAC.
Four injured Eagles were in street clothes. Moton said he needs those guys back in a hurry to provide size and bench depth.
“It’s a different type generation, man,” Moton said about his injured players. “They’ve got stress fractures and eyelash strains and hangnails and sprained ankles. Every day, reading (an injury) report is like reading a book, pretty much, from the trainer. So I just walk into practice and go with who we have. They’ve been dropping like flies.”
Newcomer Jordan Parks appears to be a showstopper. Johnson & Wales certainly didn’t offer the sort of resistance he’s going to feel from N.C. State and Wichita State in the coming days. But his first-half dunk got the fans out of their chairs.
Parks did that type of thing four times, including a reverse dunk that would have demanded a replay if McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium had a video screen on its big scoreboard.
“We wanted to show the crowd that this year is going to be the year,” Parks said.
The shows that Parks is able to perform above the rim will be good memory erasers when NCCU has some bad sequences on the floor, Chapman said.
“A windmill dunk makes you forget all of that. That’s huge in momentum,” Chapman said.
Stanton Kidd provided that sort of splash for NCCU last season. He’s transferred to Colorado State.
Parks, a junior from the College of Central Florida, is the same height as Kidd but about 25 pounds lighter at 190 pounds. Parks, extremely active on the floor, could leave NCCU fans with few regrets about Kidd’s absence, particularly if he can fill the basket as consistently as the departed third leading scorer in the MEAC.
Parks had been struggling with the transition from junior-college ball to the Division I style, Moton said.
“I thought Jordan came in and really gave us a spark, and that kind of ignited us a bit,” Moton said.
Parks led all scorers with 22 points, and his 15 rebounds was the best work on the glass by anybody on the floor. He did his damage in the paint, but Chapman said Parks can finish behind the 3-point arc, too.
NCCU forward Jay Copeland recorded his first double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds).
The Wildcats (2-3) got 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists from Nick Crawford.
NC CENTRAL 98, JOHNSON & WALES 47
JOHNSON & WALES (1-1) Cohen 4-10 0-0 9, Crawford 7-15 0-2 14, Forbes 3-15 1-3 8, McCants 2-9 2-2 7, Edwards 0-1 0-0 0, Scriven 0-6 2-4 2, Ellis 0-3 5-6 5, Cooper 0-3 0-0 0, Burson 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Nuboer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 17-65 10-17 47.
NC CENTRAL (1-1) Copeland 7-7 1-2 15, Anyaorah 5-10 4-4 16, Ingram 6-9 7-8 21, Chapman 3-5 0-0 7, Houston 5-11 1-4 12, Parks 10-14 2-2 22, Galaya 0-0 0-0 0, Groves 1-6 2-2 5, Crawford II 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-62 17-22 98.
Halftime_NC Central 54-21. 3-Point Goals_Johnson & Wales (NC) 3-21 (McCants 1-3, Cohen 1-3, Forbes 1-8, Ellis 0-1, Cooper 0-2, Scriven 0-4), NC Central 7-13 (Anyaorah 2-2, Ingram 2-3, Houston 1-2, Chapman 1-2, Groves 1-4). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Johnson & Wales (NC) 29 (Crawford 11), NC Central 48 (Parks 15). Assists_Johnson & Wales (NC) 8 (Cohen, Crawford 3), NC Central 21 (Chapman 6). Total Fouls_Johnson & Wales (NC) 16, NC Central 14. A_1,332.