North Carolina Central 86, North Carolina A&T State 80
Durham, N.C. – North Carolina Central University overcame a 13-point deficit in the first half and surged past North Carolina A&T on the way to its fourth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season championship within the last seven seasons, 86-80, inside McDougald-McLendon Arena on Thursday, March 5 in Durham, North Carolina.
The Eagles used a 7-0 run with 7:15 remaining to pull ahead for good at 70-65, with 5:33 remaining. Nicolas Fennell (Bowie, Md.) was the fire-starter for the Eagles as he scored 15 points in the first to help NCCU power past a 13-point deficit, and he put in a career-high 19 points. C.J. Keyser (Baltimore, Md.) scored a game-high 20 points with eight rebounds, and Jibri Blount (Pittsburgh, Pa.) pulled down his 13th double-double of the year with 19 points and 12 boards.
The Eagles will play on Wednesday, March 11 in the quarterfinal round of the MEAC Tournament at 6:00 p.m. at Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia against the winner between eight-seed Delaware State and nine-seed Maryland Eastern Shore.
Bethune-Cookman 72, Florida A&M 70 (OT)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. | The Florida A&M University men’s basketball team had an opportunity to win the game in regulation at the foul line, but Bethune-Cookman got a clutch free throws during the final minute to edge the Rattlers, 72-70, in overtime in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Thursday night at Moore Gymnasium.
Florida A&M ended the season at 12-15 overall and 10-6 in the MEAC, while Bethune-Cookman (16-14, 10-6) ended the regular season 10-1 at home.
MJ Randolph had a chance to win the game in regulation as he went to the foul line with two seconds left. He made the first shot and Bethune-Cookman called a timeout. His missed on the second shot as the two teams went into overtime tied at 63.
In overtime, Brendon Myles missed a 3-pointer with one second left and Houston Smith’s free throw lifted Bethune-Cookman to the conference win.
Rod Melton, Jr. led three FAMU players in double figures with 19 points, on 7-of-15 shooting, with three assists, two rebounds and one steal. Randolph finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards, along with two assists, while Evins Desir added 13 points and three boards.
Cletrell Pope paced Bethune-Cookman with a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds, along with four steals and two blocked shots. Wali Parks chipped in 10 points, five boards, two assists and one block, while Malik Maitland registered 10 points, five rebounds, a. game-high six assists and two steals.
Norfolk State 68, Morgan State 62
NORFOLK, Va. – A near perfect night at the free throw line propelled the Norfolk State men’s basketball team to a 68-62 win over Morgan State on Thursday night in both teams’ regular season finale at the Talmadge Hill Field House.
NSU set a school record by percentage with a 24-of-25 effort from the free throw line (96.0 percent), only missing on its last free throw attempt of the night. The Spartans had a season-high nine blocks and got 21 points from senior Jermaine Bishop in the victory.
They finished the regular season at 12-4 in the MEAC, tied with North Carolina A&T for second place in the league. NSU moved to 16-15 overall.
Bishop shot 6-of-12 overall and hit three of the team’s four 3-pointers on the night. He was one of just three players for NSU in double figures along with sophomore Joe Bryant Jr. (12 points) and freshman Yoro Sidibe (10 points). Bishop is now tied for the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 98.
Morgan State ended the regular season at 9-7 in the MEAC, 15-16 overall. Four players scored in double figures for the Bears, who got all but two points from their starting five but shot just 35 percent for the game.
MSU led just one time in the second half, although the Spartans could never pull ahead by more than 10 in the game.
Coppin State 63, Maryland Eastern Shore 60
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Brendan Medley-Bacon scored a career-high 20 points along with 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Coppin State men’s basketball team to a 63-60 victory at MEAC rival Maryland Eastern Shore on Thursday night at Hytche Arena. The Eagles enter next week’s MEAC Tournament as the sixth seed at 11-20 overall and 7-9 in the MEAC. The Hawks move to 5-26 on the year and 4-12 in league play.
Inside the Numbers
- Brendan Medley-Bacon made his final claim for Defensive Player of the Year accolades as he went for a career-high 20 points to go with 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. The 7-foot-1 center from Baltimore made 8-of-16 shots from the field and all four of his free throws. It was his fifth game this season with at least five blocks and eighth double-double.
- Medley-Bacon now has a league-high 66 blocks this season which are the third-most in CSU single-season history. His 276 rebounds on the year are the sixth-most (4th during the NCAA era behind only Larry Stewart) in school-history. In league play, Medley-Bacon leads the MEAC in 12.5 rebounds (9.6 defensive) and 2.9 blocks per game.
- Kamar McKnight scored 17 points off the bench on 6-of-12 shooting with a pair of threes to go with four steals.
- Aaron Robinson also went for nine points off the bench with three 3-pointers.
- Koby Thomas finished with seven points and nine rebounds while Ibn Williams and Andrew Robinson chipped in with five points apiece.
- Coppin made 52.4% of its shots in the second half and finished the night at 36.4% compared to just 31.9% for Maryland Eastern Shore. The Haws made 11 3-pointers and kept it close as CSU made only 59.3% (16-of-27) of its free throws and 13-of-21 in the second half.
- Four Hawks finished in double figures with Ahmad Frost leading the way with 14 points while making just 5-of-23 from the floor and 3-of-18 from deep.
Delaware State 100, Howard 88
Washington, DC (Mar. 5, 2020) – Delaware State ended the 2019-20 regular season on a high note, defeating Howard 100-88 in Burr Gymnasium Thursday evening. The Hornets won for the second time in three games, and second straight on the road, to finish the regular season with a 5-25 overall record and 4-12 mark in the MEAC.
John Crosby led three Delaware State 20-point scorers with 25 points. Ameer Bennett added a career-high 24 points (8-14 FG; 2-4 3pt FG; 6-8 FT), while Pinky Wiley also chipped in 24 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 on three-point shots.
The Hornets also reached the 100-point mark against a MEAC opponent for the first in exactly five years, since posting a 104-92 victory at Coppin State on Mar. 5, 2015.
In addition, DSU shot a season-high 50.8% from the field vs. Howard, hitting 32 of 62 shots from the field, highlighted by a season-best 12 three-pointers (12 for 25).
The Hornets led 50-29 at the break and was ahead by as many as 28 points in the second half.
With the win, Delaware State finishes the MEAC regular season race in a tie for eighth with Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Hornets and Hawks split their two regular season meetings, with each team winning on the road. MDES won the first meeting 68-66 on Feb. 3 at Delaware State. The Hornets avenged the defeat with an 84-63 victory at Maryland-Eastern Shore last Saturday.