MEAC-leading NCCU trounces Howard on the road

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

N.C. Central University smothered Howard in a 79-65 victory in front of a near-packed house of 2,500 fans Saturday at Burr Gymnasium.

NCCU led 9-4 early after Karamo Jawara’s layup with 16:14 to go and from that point on the Eagles stretched the lead to double figures and never looked back, taking a 22-9 advantage through the first 11 minutes.

An Antonin Galaya 3-pointer from the right corner with 32 seconds left gave the maroon and gray their largest lead of the half at 17, 38-21, but the MEAC’s leading scorer, James Daniel, hit his only basket of the first half as time wound down, giving NCCU a 38-24 lead heading into the locker room.

The Eagles managed to add to the lead in the first half behind a hot Jeremy Ingram who scored eight quick points. The Eagles were hurt by early foul trouble to senior point guard Emanuel Chapman.

The Eagles kept the pressure up in the second half, stretching the lead to 19 at 45-26 with 17:08 left on senior Alfonzo Houston’s fast break dunk which sent a large contingent of NCCU fans into a frenzy.

Howard did cut a 25-point margin to 18 on a Keon Hill three-pointer, but the MEAC-leading Eagles used a 15-6 run to quash any hopes of a Bison comeback.

A Groves free throw gave NCCU a 28-point lead at 70-42 with 9:32 left and the Eagles cruised to their seventh straight win.

Howard (5-17, 3-4 MEAC) kept the fight going as the Bison scored 23 points in the final 10 minutes to cut the margin in half, but the damage had already been done. The stifling Eagle defense held the league’s top scorer to 13 points, going 3-for-13 (23.0 percent) from the field. In the last two games, Daniel is shooting 3-for-23 (13 percent).

NCCU (15-5, 6-1 MEAC) was led by four players in double figures as Ingram ended the day leading all scorers with 16 points, while Groves finished with 15 points on 4-for-7 shooting from behind-the-arc. After going 5-for-5 from-the-field that included a couple of highlight reel worthy plays around-the-rim, Jordan Parks (Queens, N.Y.) added 14 points, while Houston dropped-in 11 in the win.

The maroon and gray forced 17 Howard turnovers, outrebounded Howard 35-30, and outscored the Bison in the paint 34-to-20, and move its focus to Monday night’s matchup at Maryland-Eastern Shore. That game is set for a 7:30 p.m. tip from the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center in Princess Anne, Md.

N.C. CENTRAL 79, HOWARD 65

  FG FT Reb
NC CENTRAL Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Copeland 12 0-3 1-2 0-2 1 4 1
Jawara 25 3-7 1-2 2-4 0 2 7
Ingram 23 5-8 4-5 1-3 1 2 16
Chapman 26 2-2 0-0 0-4 4 3 5
Houston 23 4-8 3-4 0-2 2 2 11
Holmes 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Parks 18 5-5 4-8 2-7 0 2 14
Moody 10 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 3 2
Anyaorah 14 1-2 2-4 0-1 0 1 4
Galaya 13 1-6 0-0 0-2 2 0 3
Groves 22 4-8 3-6 0-2 2 1 15
Eaton 10 0-1 1-2 3-4 0 1 1
Totals 200 26-54 19-33 11-35 13 22 79

Percentages: FG .481, FT .576.

3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Groves 4-7, Ingram 2-2, Chapman 1-1, Galaya 1-5, Jawara 0-1, Moody 0-1, Holmes 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Parks 2, Ingram, Chapman).

Turnovers: 13 (Chapman 3, Jawara 2, Holmes, Houston, Moody, Groves, Anyaorah, Ingram).

Steals: 8 (Houston 2, Holmes, Copeland, Chapman, Eaton, Groves, Ingram).

Technical Fouls: None.

  FG FT Reb
HOWARD Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Okoroh 35 6-11 1-4 2-6 1 2 13
Boyd 34 2-2 0-1 3-10 2 2 4
Daniel 36 3-13 5-6 0-1 2 1 13
Collins 25 1-3 2-2 0-4 3 2 4
Stone 11 1-4 1-1 1-2 0 5 3
Okoro 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Andoh 16 0-2 4-4 0-1 0 1 4
Hill 13 3-6 2-2 0-0 4 2 10
Mangham 13 2-4 2-5 0-0 0 5 7
Miller 17 2-4 2-4 1-3 1 1 7
Totals 200 20-49 19-29 9-30 13 21 65

Percentages: FG .408, FT .655.

3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Hill 2-4, Daniel 2-8, Mangham 1-2, Miller 1-3).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 6 (Okoroh 2, Mangham 2, Stone, Miller).

Turnovers: 17 (Collins 5, Daniel 4, Miller 2, Okoroh 2, Hill 2, Boyd, Stone).

Steals: 3 (Hill, Miller, Collins).

Technical Fouls: None.

NC Central 38 41—79
Howard 24 41—65

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Officials_Bill Covington Sr., Gerald Morrow, Keith Bennett.