RADFORD, Va. – The North Carolina A&T men’s basketball wasn’t able to withstand Radford’s offense which caused it to suffer a 72-52 setback, Saturday evening at the Dedmon Center.
“We got outworked tonight,” head coach Cy Alexander said. “I give credit to Radford they played exceptionally well but I’m very disappointed in our effort. It was like night and day between Thursday and Saturday, it was two different teams. We as the coaching staff have to keep coaching and grinding as the schedule gets even harder. Hopefully this month will make us better and ready for January.”
The Aggies who have found it hard to win on the road fell to 3-6 overall as the Highlanders improved to 6-2 overall. Senior guard Richaud Pack recorded his ninth double-figures scoring game with a team-leading 13 points. Sophomore Bruce Beckford who has missed the Aggies’ last two games finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
RU’s scoring attack was led by junior guard R.J. Price who finished with a game-high 22 points and six rebounds on 6-for-7 shooting from 3-point range. Junior forward Javonte Green added 15 on 5-for-9 shooting from the field.
Radford set the tone early in the game and got out to a 15-2 lead just four minutes into the game. The Aggies found it difficult to guard the Highlanders behind the arc as they hit seven 3-pointers in the first half, five coming from Price. The Highlanders coasted to a comfortable 40-24 advantage at the half.
Jerome Simmons' two free throws got the Aggies to within 13 at 45-32 with 15:24 to play. But the Highlanders scored the next nine points to all but put the game away over the final 12 1/2 minutes of the contest. The Highlanders took advantage of A&T’s 16 turnovers which led to 24 points in their favor.
The Highlanders were 24-for-53 (45.3 percent) from the field and 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) from the 3-point range during the game.
The Aggies head back on the road for their next game on Saturday, Dec. 14 when its visits East Carolina. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.