Aggies Blow By Mustangs to Improve to 4-1
GREENSBORO (November 21, 2017) – North Carolina A&T played 15 players with 13 of those players scoring in a 115-76 rout of United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II foe Mid-Atlantic Christian University Tuesday night in men’s basketball action at Corbett Sports Center.
The Aggies (4-1) went over the 100-point plateau for the second time in five games this season. The last time the Aggies scored 100 or more points twice in a season came during the 1990-91 season when the Aggies exceeded 100 points against Delaware State and Bethune-Cookman. The school record for 100-point games in a season is shared by the 1969-70 and the 1970-71 teams who each posted eight 100-point games in their respective season.
N.C. A&T has scored 90 or more points in every game this season except one which was against ACC opponent Clemson on the road. For the fourth time in five games, the Aggies had more assists than turnovers as they finished with 26 assists and 10 turnovers.
Junior Femi Olujobi, the nation’s leading scorer into Tuesday night’s game, finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Junior Japhet Kadji had his best game in an Aggies uniform as he finished with 15 points and eight rebounds on 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 shooting from the free throw line. Sophomore Aaren Edmead, playing in his first game as an Aggie after transferring in from Wagner, also scored in double figures with 13 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the line. Donte Watson came off the bench to score 10.
“Going into the game we felt like everyone would have an opportunity to play,” said N.C. A&T coach Jay Joyner. “Some guys took advantage of the opportunity and some guys are still trying to figure it out. It was a great overall team win.”
The Mustangs (3-5) were never really a match for the quicker, more athletic and taller Aggies. Olujobi scored seven of the Aggies first nine points to give the Aggies a 9-2 lead. Kadji then calmly hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key before taking a Devonte Boykins pass and slamming down another two. Olujobi then found Boykins underneath for another easy Aggies basket as the lead grew to 16-2. The Aggies lead grew to be as much as 26 points in the first half before the settled with a 57-33 lead at halftime.
MACU did have a bright spot. They scored 43 points in the second half and shot 51.4 percent while doing. Tejeda Grayson led the Mustangs with 18 points. With a tough East Carolina team approaching on Sunday, Joyner wants to get any defensive issues repaired after Thanksgiving Holiday.
“The biggest challenge when you have a game like this is playing down to the level of your competition,” said Joyner. “Clearly, we were the better team. But I don’t think we gave maximum effort defensively for 40 minutes. That’s something we stress every day.”
N.C. A&T will take on the ECU Pirates, 4 p.m., Sunday at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C. The Aggies will head into Sunday’s game off to their best start in 30 years.
“Basketball is a long season and for the most part teams play two to three games a week. It will become an emotional rollercoaster if you can’t stay right in the middle of the road,” said Joyner. “When you win you can’t get too high and when you lose you can’t get too low. We’re just trying to stay focus on the now and not concern ourselves with how many wins we have this year as compared to last year.”