GREENSBORO – Richaud Pack’s Friday night performance had been building for some time. The Detroit native had to sit out a year after transferring from Florida International. He wetted everyone’s appetite with three strong performances in the Dominican Republic over the summer. He then led the Aggies in scoring over their first two preseason games.
It all culminated in Pack scoring 30 points and leading the Aggies to a season-opening 91-64 win over Greensboro College at Corbett Sports Center as he put together one of the best debut performances in school history.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve played a Division I game,” said Pack. “That’s why I was so anxious to get out there and play. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”
Pack also added four rebounds and four assists to his totals and was aided by Lamont Middleton’s 27. The Aggies shot 64 percent from the floor, 67 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the foul line.
“I love this team,” said Pack. “We share the ball and play like a team. We’ve got good chemistry and tonight was a good tune-up for the road.”
The Pride played scrappy early on. Strong 3-point shooting helped GC build a 14-5 lead over the first six minutes of the game. The Aggies countered the smaller Pride by going to a smaller, quicker lineup that at times included four guards and a power forward. They used that lineup to attack the basket which resulted in the Aggies making 22 of 26 first-half free throws as they took a 40-31 lead into the locker room at the half.
Once the second half started, Pack got hot, the Aggies pressure defense started rattling the Pride and A&T was able to get easy buckets in transition. A&T hit their first six shots of the second half to take a 59-40 lead. After a Lamont Middleton miss, the Aggies then went on a streak where they hit five straight baskets to take a 72-46 lead with 10 minutes to play.
The Aggies hit 19 of 23 shots (83 percent) in the second half and dished out 13 assists in the process.
“We did a much better job of sharing the basketball in the second half,” said A&T head coach Cy Alexander. “I thought we also turned up our defensive intensity in the second half. It’s always good to get that first W, and now we’re on the road for about seven more games.”
GC was led by Jester Tracy’s 18 points. Damian Dixon added 14. The Aggies will be at Utah Valley Monday night before traveling to Kingston, R.I., to face the Rhode Island Rams Friday night at 7 p.m. They don’t return home again until Dec. 5 when they face Wright State at 7 p.m.