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MEAC Men’s Basketball Busy Heading into the Holiday

NORFOLK, Va., – With this the last week before the Christmas holiday, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) basketball is in for a busy week as the non-conference play begins to wind down.

North Carolina A&T State tipped off the week by participating in the Don Haskins Invitational, where the Aggies squared off against Kent State on Tuesday. Maryland Eastern Shore was the latest MEAC school to face East Carolina on that same day, while North Carolina Central taking on Louisiana Tech.

Bethune-Cookman will face Central Florida on Wednesday, while Delaware State will be on the road against Jacksonville State. Howard (Regent) and South Carolina State (USC Upstate) will both be at home on Wednesday.

Maryland Eastern Shore will take on Charlotte and Florida A&M will continue its West Coast swing with a trip to Washington State out of the Pac-12 on Thursday.

Norfolk State will face Bowling Green and either Drexel or Quinnipiac in the Boardwalk Battle in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday. Coppin State and North Carolina A&T State will both take on ACC foes on Saturday, with the Eagles facing Miami and the Aggies taking on Wake Forest.

Saturday will also see Bethune-Cookman play host to Marist, South Carolina State take on College of Charleston and Florida A&M wrap up its West Coast trip against Seattle.

Maryland Eastern Shore will visit Old Dominion and Howard will host Harvard on Sunday, while Delaware State will be in New York to face St. Francis Brooklyn.

For the second straight week, John Crosby of Delaware State was named MEAC Player of the Week. Crosby scored 30 points and pulled down eight boards against Delaware. He leads the conference with three 30-point games this season.

Coppin State’s Koby Thomas was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week after logging double-doubles against Davidson and UMBC. North Carolina A&T State’s Fred Cleveland, Jr. was named MEAC Rookie of the Week after scoring a career-high 14 points against UTEP.

North Carolina Central posted the second-largest margin of victory in school history with an 81-point victory, the largest since an 85-point win for the Eagles against St. Augustine’s on Feb. 18, 1944 after a 119-34 final tally.  The Eagles also swiped 26 steals to surpass the program record of 23 that was set against CC (0-7) last season, and made 50 field goals, which is the most in the Division I era. Jibri Blount finished with 31 points and 12 boards against Christendom.

Coppin State’s Koby Thomas had his second double-double of this season with 12 points and 12 boards against Davidson.

Howard’s Charles Williams scored 17 points against Appalachian State to pass Morgan State Hall of Famer Marvin Webster for fifth place on the MEAC all-time scoring list.

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