Ingram puts up 27 as visiting N.C. Central stops Utah Valley
Jeremy Ingram scored 27 points and Stanton Kidd added 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead N.C. Central to a 73-67 victory against Utah Valley on Saturday night.
Ray Willis had 13 points and Emanuel Chapman 12 for the Eagles (6-6), who defeated Utah Valley for the second time this year. N.C. Central won 70-52 on Nov. 27 in Durham.
Alfonzo Hubbard and Nick Thompson scored 19 points each for the Wolverines (6-8). Hubbard had nine rebounds.
“Give North Carolina Central credit. They came out with great energy. They beat us both times this season with their aggressive play and their urgency.” UVU coach Dick Hunsaker said. “This is the first tough ballgame that hasn’t gone our way because in the past we’ve executed down the stretch. Tonight that didn’t occur.
N.C. Central went ahead early in the first half and did not relinquish the lead the rest of the way despite several runs from Utah Valley.
Down nine at halftime, 43-34, Thompson scored the first seven points out of the break to get the Wolverines within two. NCCU answered with a 13-4 spurt to take its largest lead of the game, 56-45, with 13:17 to go.
Utah Valley clawed back within five with under six minutes left before eventually getting within two twice in the final two minutes. Each time a missed free throw helped stall the comeback attempt.
“We did take care of the basketball better but it wasn’t enough to overcome some questionable possessions late when the game was on the line. We weren’t able to convert on some key opportunities,” said Hunsaker.
Ben Aird and Antoine Hosley each added 10 points for UVU. Thompson and Aird finishing with eight rebounds each. Thompson scored 14 of his 19 in the second half. Holton Hunsaker finished with six assists for UVU.
Chapman’s points for NCCU came on four first-half 3-pointers. Chapman also dished out nine assists.
NCCU 73, UTAH VALLEY ST. 67
Percentages: FG .419, FT .722. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Chapman 4-6, Ingram 2-5, Kidd 1-1, Willis 1-4, Houston 0-1, Ferguson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 3 (Willis, Kidd, Ingram). Turnovers: 8 (Willis 2, Jawara 2, Kidd 2, Ferguson, Williams). Steals: 5 (Kidd 3, Ingram, Chapman). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .423, FT .692. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Hubbard 2-6, Brown 1-1, Thompson 1-2, Hunsaker 1-6, Ja. Johnson 0-1, Hosley 0-2). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: 5 (Brown, Thompson, Hubbard, Aird, Jones). Turnovers: 8 (Hunsaker 3, Thompson 2, Enos, Ja. Johnson, Aird). Steals: 4 (Hosley 2, Brown, Thompson). Technical Fouls: None.
/table> A—548. Officials—Lonnie Dixon, Doran Gotschall, Newton Chelette.
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