Ingram snaps out of slump as NCCU dumps Delaware State
Delaware State counterpunched and gave N.C. Central something it could feel.
NCCU absorbed the blow, though, and won 62-52 in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium on Saturday.
“We expected it, and we retaliated the way we were supposed to,” NCCU hybrid guard Jordan Parks said.
NCCU shot 56 percent from the field during the first 20 minutes, held Delaware State to 33.3 percent and went into the locker room with an 11-point halftime lead.
Delaware State coach Greg Jackson said some halftime adjustments allowed his team to close the gap that Hornets guard Casey Walker erased with a layup, giving the visitors a 39-38 lead with 10:11 left in the game.
NCCU coach LeVelle Moton said that letdown by the Eagles said something about his ball club.
“It’s maturity. We’re not a mature basketball team right now,” Moton said. “Mature teams do it for 40 minutes. They do it one possession at a time.”
NCCU guard Jeremy Ingram got aggressive and drew fouls that sent him to the line where he went 4 for 4 to give NCCU a lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.
Ingram was more aggressive than he has been in NCCU’s past several games. He’d been struggling with his shot, not attempting as many tries from the field and rarely getting to the line. But the senior from Charlotte led all scorers with 20 points, making 7 of 16 from the field.
Ingram said he’s a shooter, so his focus was to just keep putting up shots.
Defense was the thing for NCCU, Ingram said. When the final buzzer sounded, the Hornets had made 36.4 percent of their shots.
It’s about those hustle plays, NCCU point guard Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman said.
“We pride ourselves on the defensive end,” Chapman said. “When those balls are loose, we’ve got a competition within each other to see who can get the most loose balls. So if you can pick it up and go, then that’s good, but it doesn’t even look as good. You get everybody fired up, you get your teammates fired up if you can dive and get it.”
Chapman had a game-high seven assists. That helped the Eagles, too, Ingram said.
“Poobie, he’s just the chemist with the ball, so he just finds people and puts them in the right places,” Ingram said.
Jackson coached at NCCU when Moton played for the Eagles.
On Saturday, Moton’s guys had more oomph, Jackson said.
“His kids played harder than we did,” Jackson said. “And they did it for 40 minutes.”
That’s not the way Moton interpreted the stat sheet.
“Fifty percent from the free-throw line. That’s atrocious,” Moton said. “My daughter can come out here and throw up one and at least make one out of two.”
Delaware State came at NCCU with some junk defenses to throw off the Eagles. But NCCU associate head coach John Moseley had the Eagles prepared for that, Chapman said.
One of the methods NCCU uses to get into its offense is a ball weave. It’s an old-school concept, but Moton said it works, something he picked up from Jackson.
“I stole it from him,” Moton said.
|NC CENTRAL 62, DELAWARE ST. 52|
Percentages: FG .364, FT .727.
3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Doyle 1-1, Williams 1-2, Bell 1-4, Walker 1-5, A. Thomas 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 2.
Blocked Shots: 4 (Jo. Lawson, Gray, Bell, Walker).
Turnovers: 13 (Williams 3, Walker 2, A. Thomas 2, Burley 2, Gray, Owens, Haywood, Doyle).
Steals: 1 (Burley).
Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .500, FT .524.
3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Ingram 2-6, Holmes 1-1, Houston 0-1, Jawara 0-1, Groves 0-1, Chapman 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 1.
Blocked Shots: 4 (Parks 3, Jawara).
Turnovers: 6 (Chapman 2, Copeland, Houston, Anyaorah, Ingram).
Steals: 5 (Chapman 4, Ingram).
Technical Fouls: None.
Officials_Everett Summers, Phenizee Ranson, Clyde Hill.