NCCU vs. Winthrop - men's basketball
First time seeing the men this season. One thing caught my attention - ugly NCCU uniforms!!! Former Eagles standout guard CJ Wilkerson is a staff assistant on coach LeVelle Moton's staff. Both teams are 6-2. NCCU lost a tough one to IUPU last week, a team it should have easily beaten. But that's why they play the game. Moton looking as dapper as ever in a dark grayish suit.
Winthrop's mascot is also an Eagle. Right now the W-Eagles are shooting lights out from beyond the arc. Lead 11-3 off 3 3-pointers and a bucket.
NCCU's Jordan Parks hits a trey to tie the game at 15 with 10:33 left in first half. Both teams look like they are still suffering from leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
Southern Durham band is entertaining the crowd tonight. Students are on Christmas break. Sound very good. Still celebrating their high school state 3AA championship.
Game has gotten interesting. NCCU took its first lead at 24-23. Game is tied at 27 all. Parks just gave Eagles back the lead with 2:40 left in first half.
Halftime: NCCU leads 39-32. Parks has 13 points. Teammate Jeremy Ingram has 12.
Game has gotten slow again. Crowd quiet. It's already small. Eagles holding on to 48-45 lead with 13:37 left in game. Make that 6 points after Ingrams 3-ptr, but Winthrop comes right back with its own trey.
Josh Davenport cuts NCCU's lead to 1. He has 15 pts. 11:09 left.
Winthrop takesa 53-51 lead. Its first since midway first half. W-Eagles are not as big as NCCU but they are quick. NCCU has gone cold from the field.
If I had a dollar for every person that has told me they knew NCCU was going to beat NC State a few weeks ago, I could retire.
Larry Brown's free throw gives Winthrop a 3-pt lead. Karamo Jawara is keeping the Eagles close. Trail by 1 with 8:21 left.
Groves' 3 puts Eagles ahead by 2. But Eagles can't stop Winthrop's Davenort. He's getting the ball every time down court. Ingrams gives NCCU a 5-pt lead on a fast-break layup. Time out Winthrop with 6:04 left.
The women play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Western Carolina. The Catamounts are 6-3. Should be a good one.
Keon Johnson nails a 3 to pull Winthrop to within 2. Ingram makes it 4 again. He has 23 pts.
Joab Jerome pulls Winthrop to within 2 with 2:20 left. Looks like another good one at McDougald. Eagles are undefeated at home so far. Parks hits 2 FTs and Eagles still the ball with 1:02 left. Parks hits layup for 6 pts lead. Eagles have the ball with 41.4 seconds left. Now we're going to play the free throw game. Ingram at the line for 1-and-1. Makes first. Misses 2nd. 69-62 and then NCCU fouls. How do you foul when you're ahead?
Ingram at the line again. Misses front end of one-and-one but there is a lane violation by NCCU so it wouldn't have counted. Eagles foul again with 16.6 seconds and a 5-pt lead. Keon Johnson trims it to 3. Winthrop in full-court pressure. Groves at the line. Hits first Hits second.
NCCU wins 72-66.