NCCU seeks a complete game
The bottom line is N.C. Central went on the road and beat Howard by a pretty nice margin on Saturday.
The final score was 79-65.
It could have been more.
NCCU coach LeVelle Moton would have an argument that it should have been more.
The Eagles in the second half against Howard had a 28-point lead.
Basketball is a game of runs, and the Bison had theirs, even with Howard guard James Daniel in a shooting slump.
Daniel is still the leading scorer in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with his 20.3 points per game. He scored 13 points against NCCU but was just 3 of 13 from the field.
The MEAC scoring title used to belong to NCCU’s Jeremy Ingram, now the No. 2 scorer in the league at 19.4 points per game. He put up 16 points in
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the nation’s capital against Howard.
NCCU has been in the habit of having multiple players score in double figures. Howard got a dose of that, with Reggie Groves (15 points), Jordan Parks (14 points) and Alfonzo Houston (11 points) putting up good scoring numbers for the Eagles.
But the other thing NCCU has been doing well lately is making teams shoot low percentages. The Eagles did that in the first half against Howard when the Bison made roughly 35 percent of their shots from the field.
Howard came out in the second half and shot 46.2 percent from the field.
Moton has said that the problem with NCCU has been its inconsistency. The Eagles’ failure to keep pressing the accelerator after punching the gas for a fast start against Howard illustrated that.
The Eagles are back on the court tonight at Maryland Eastern Shore (7:30 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
Howard (5-17, 3-4 MEAC) scored 23 points in the final 10 minutes with Daniel struggling with his shot.
That said, NCCU (15-5, 6-1 MEAC) never trailed against Howard, and the Eagles, not an especially big team, scored 34 points in the paint and got 39 points off the bench.