Agggies vs. Eagles
North Carolina Central women swept North Carolina A&T for the first time since its CIAA days under former coach Joli Robinson. The Eagles led almost the entire game in the 65-52 win. NCCU finishes the regular season 12-17 overall, 9-7 MEAC. The team is in sixth place in the division. Bethune-Cookman won the division after it defeated NCCU Monday night. The Aggies were vying for second place. That won’t happen. If Norfolk State defeats Morgan State, the Spartans will earn the No. 2 seed.
Both teams shot dismal: NCCU at 38.1% and A&T at 24.3%. NCCU outrebounded the bigger Aggies 46-41.
NCCU’s Anissa Rivera scored a game-high 18 points, while teammate Kieche White added 17. Deja Winters scored 15 for the Aggies. The MEAC Tournament begins Tuesday in Norfolk, Virginia.
Men make it a sweep
North Carolina Central won its second straight MEAC regular season title with a hard-fought win over archrival North Carolina A&T, 86-80. The Eagles earned an automatic bid the NIT, but, of course, there’s more to come. They enter next week’s MEAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed. A colleague, Lut Williams, said they have won the tourney championship as the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 seeds. NCCU is the three-time defending champion. Players were emotional on the court as the game was also the last one for the senior Jibri Blount, who should be named MEAC Player of the Year.
CJ Keyser scored a game-high 20 points, while Blount and Nicolas Fennell tied for 19. Tyler Maye scored 19 for the Aggies, who were looking for their first outright title in 28 seasons.