S.C. State (8-17, 4-6 MEAC) vs. North Carolina A&T (15-9, 8-1 MEAC)
Date: February 10, 2018
Time: 4 p.m.
Facility: SHM Memorial Center
Series: A&T leads, 48-46
Radio: ESPN Triad Radio, 1320AM/1230 AM/93.7 FM/104.9 FM
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Davaris McGowens (6-7, 230, Sr., 8.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg); G Aaren Edmead (5-10, 165, Jr., 9.1 ppg, 2.9 apg); G Kameron Langley (6-2, 205, Fr., 6.2 ppg, 4.8 apg); G Devonte Boykins (6-2, 180, Gr., 9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg); F Femi Olujobi (6-8, 233, Jr., 17.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T is back on the road since losing at Howard 90-88 in overtime at Burr Gymnasium. The Aggies have certainly taken care of home as they improved to 10-0 at Corbett Sports Center with their win over Delaware State on Monday. The Aggies will now have to play five of their final seven regular-season games away from home. N.C. A&T is 4-8 overall and 2-1 in the MEAC on the road. N.C. A&T’s improvement on the road is apparent. The Aggies only had four road wins in four years prior to the 2017-18 season. Junior forward Femi Olujobi has been the Aggies top player away from Corbett. Olujobi is averaging 18.7 points and 7.9 rebounds away from home. He is also shooting 49.7 percent from the floor and 39.4 percent (13-for-33) from 3-point range on the road. N.C. A&T is looking for their first win at S.C. State’s SHM Memorial Center since Feb. 25, 2012. The Aggies have lost four straight to the Bulldogs.
S.C. STATE OVERVIEW: S.C. State comes into today’s game looking to end a two-game losing streak. The Bulldogs are also trying to become better defensively. Bulldog opponents are shooting 49.4 percent, and the Bulldogs are ranked 12th in the conference in field goal percentage defense. The Bulldogs are also 12th in the MEAC in scoring defense, surrendering 83.5 points per game. SCSU gave up 111 points to Savannah State last Saturday and 84 points to Coppin State on Monday. They did hold Morgan State to 59 points on Jan. 29. SCSU is led by Donte Wright who is averaging 12.8 points and shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. Wright leads the MEAC in 3-point field goal percentage. He is also second in the league in total 3-pointers made (76), third in 3-point field goals per game (3.0) and third in 3-point field goal attempts (201). Damani Applewhite is also averaging double figures (12.5) and he leads the team in rebounding at 7.0 per game.
Stepping Up: Freshman Kameron Langley has scored in double figures in his last three games. It is his longest such streak of the season. In his last 10 games, he has distributed 59 assists and turned the ball over only 24 times. He leads the MEAC in assists-to-turnover ratio.
News & Notes:
- N.C. A&T head coach Jay Joyner played four seasons (1993-96) at S.C. State under head coach Cy Alexander. Joyner averaged 3.6 points in helping the Bulldogs win the MEAC title in 1996. Joyner later came to N.C. A&T as the associate head coach under Alexander to start the 2012-13 season. He became the Aggies head coach with nine games remaining in the 2015-16 regular season. Joyner is 2-4 against his alma mater, SCSU, since coming to N.C. A&T. He is 0-1 as the Aggies head coach.
- N.C. A&T has lost four in a row to the Bulldogs. The Aggies last win over the Bulldogs was a 62-60 victory at Corbett Sports Center on March 3, 2014.
- Senior Davaris McGowens scored only two points on 0-for-5 shooting against Del State. It marked only the second time in the past 11 games, McGowens failed to score in double figures. McGowens is averaging 13.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and shooting 63.2 percent from the floor in last 11 games.
- They will win their 16th game of the season. The last time the Aggies reached 20 wins during the regular season was the 1987-88 season. The last time the A&T won 20 games in a season was the 2012-13 season. The Aggies are amid a 12-game turnaround.