EAST GREENSBORO (January 8, 2019) – Before re-entering the rigors of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, the North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team took some time on Tuesday to make sure they are executing well as MEAC play heats up.
Everything looked in good shape for the Aggies as they knocked down 14 3-pointers and recorded 14 steals to blow out the Mid-Atlantic Christian Mustangs, a United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II team, 104-56 at Corbett Sports Center. Friday marked the fourth time under four-year head coach Jay Joyner the Aggies have reached the century mark.
It was also the most lopsided win in the Joyner era beating the Aggies 39-point win over MACU last season. The Aggies have hit 10 or more 3-pointers four times this season.
Five Aggies reached double figures led by Terry Harris’ 21 points and seven rebounds on 5-for-10 shooting from 3-point range. Senior Milik Gantz was 6-for-6 from the field and finished with 15 points. Sophomore D’Andre Johnson came off the bench to score 14 on 6-for-8 shooting as he also connected on two 3-pointers.
Fifth-year guard Amari Hamilton hit four 3-pointers and graduate center Ibrahim Sylla had 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
“Our ability to knock down shots tonight was huge,” said Joyner. “Hopefully it gives the guys the confidence to go on the road this weekend and play the same way. The main thing we want to do this time of the year is to make sure we’re playing the right way. As long as we’re playing the right way, we can be successful.”
N.C. A&T (6-9) heads north to face the Delaware State Hornets Saturday evening at 4 before finishing the road trip at Maryland Eastern Shore 7:30 p.m., Monday.
On Tuesday, the Aggies played the right way by sharing the basketball. Twenty-seven of their 41 baskets came via an assist led by junior Qua Copeland and sophomore Kam Langley. Each player finished with eight assists. Five of the Aggies first six field goals were assisted as they jumped out to a 13-0 lead.
The Mustangs (1-12) did get the lead under 10 in the first half on a Le’Vert Sonnier jump shot that made it a 15-6 game at the 13:42 mark. But a 10-0 Aggies made the game anticlimactic. The run included a Copeland three, a Harris three and a Harris dunk off a beautiful feed from Copeland. When freshman Tyrone Lyons hit two free throws, the Aggies had a 25-6 lead with 11:19 remaining in the first half. N.C. A&T grew their lead to as many as 31 in the first half.
Malik Galloway led the Mustangs with 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.