Ingram, NCCU topple Winthrop
N.C. Central took advantage of a slow start by Winthrop on the way to a 64-57 victory Wednesday night at the Winthrop Coliseum.
The second half didn’t go well for Winthrop (6-6) after Andre Smith made it a two-point game with a 3-pointer on its first possession of the second half at the 19:25 mark.
NCCU (7-7) responded with a 7-0 run capped off by a Jeremy Ingram three-pointer for a 36-27 lead with 16:45 remaining.
NCCU was led by Ingram’s 22 points as he was 8-for-8 at the foul line to pace his team that finished 18-for-20 at the charity stripe on the night. Stanton Kidd added 14 points and eight rebounds while Willis had 10 points.
NCCU shot 50 percent from the floor while holding Winthrop to 44 percent.
Winthrop’s Larry Brown ended the run with a jumper in the lane, but NCCU scored eight straight points to build its largest lead of the game, 44-29 with 14:55 to play.
Winthrop’s Derrick Henry hit a jumper with 3:55 remaining to cut the lead to 53-48, but NCCU extended it to seven points after Ray Willis dropped two free throws.
Brown was whistled for an illegal screen, and NCCU went down and scored on a jumper with 1:07 to play.
“I give a lot of credit to (NCCU),” Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey said. “I told our team I think an NCAA Tournament type team beat us today. I may be wrong, as I haven’t seen the rest of their conference, but I think they have a chance of representing their conference in the NCAA Tournament this year.
“A good team beat us tonight and I got to tip my hat to them.”
Henry led Winthrop with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting. while Brown added a career-high 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Gideon Gamble chipped in with nine points and three assists.
NCCU 64, Winthrop 57
Percentages: FG .500, FT .900. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Ingram 4-6, Ferguson 1-2, Galaya 1-2, Kidd 1-2, Willis 1-3, Houston 0-1, Jawara 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 3 (Ingram 2, Kidd). Turnovers: 12 (Jawara 3, Kidd 3, Ingram 2, Chapman, Ferguson, Williams, Willis). Steals: 4 (Kidd 2, Ingram, Chapman).
Percentages: FG .444, FT .652. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Henry 1-3, Smith 1-4, Johnson 0-1, Gamble 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 1 (Gamble). Turnovers: 11 (Jerome 4, Gamble 2, Brown, Smith, Johnson, Diop). Steals: 8 (Henry 2, Bourne 2, Johnson 2, Brown, Smith).
A—1,010. Officials—Anthony Franklin, Chris Ford, Dan Stryffeler.