Aggies improve to 5-1 in the MEAC.
By Brian Holloway,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – North Carolina A&T bounced back in a significant way, beating Florida A&M (FAMU) in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s basketball, 70-63, Sunday afternoon at the Al Lawson Center.
The win snaps the Rattlers 12-game home winning streak and puts the Aggies closer to its goal of clinching the MEAC’s southern division.
“This was a program win,” said A&T coach Will Jones. “I’m proud of every player, coach, trainer, manager, and the guys that didn’t make the trip to Tallahassee. Everybody played a part.”
The Aggies (9-10, 5-1 MEAC) got out to a fast start, jumping ahead, 9-2, in under three minutes courtesy of five points from senior guard and MEAC preseason player of the year Kameron Langley. He finished with 10 points but made the most significant impact on the defensive end with his nine steals in just 22 minutes of play.
He now has 219 career swipes, seven shy of breaking the school record (Phillip Allen, 225). He also added five rebounds and four assists.
FAMU (5-9, 4-3 MEAC) came into the game boasting the best defense in the conference, but the Aggies dismantled the Rattlers on the defensive end. N.C. A&T forced FAMU into 22 turnovers as a team and scored 23 points off of those mishaps.
The Aggies also outrebounded the Rattlers, 45-34, in the game. A&T was in control from start to finish and enjoyed their largest lead at 21, 48-27, with 15:57 remaining in the second half.
The Aggies had four players in double-figures led by senior guard Tyler Maye with his team-high 14 points. Junior guard Tyrone Lyons notched 12 points, and senior high-flyer Kwe Parker added 10. Junior big man Webster Filmore hauled in a team-high eight rebounds, four offensive and four defensive, and added six points.
Senior center Evins Desir led the way for the Rattlers with 18 points.
The Aggies now turn their attention toward a midweek, nationally-televised matchup with archrival N.C. Central on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. The game will air live on ESPNU.