MEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW
When: Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m., vs. Maryland Eastern Shore
Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m., vs. Delaware State
Where: Corbett Sports Center
Must See: Can the Aggies be as hot at home as they have been on the road? North Carolina A&T returns home after winning its last three games away from Corbett Sports Center. The last time the Aggies won three straight road games was during the 2001-02 season when they bested Morgan State, Maryland Eastern Shore and Howard over a span of two weeks. The Aggies three-game victory tour is impressive, considering they lost their first 11 road games this season. Overall, the Aggies have won four straight and five out of their last six. Three of those wins came in overtime, including Monday's 93-92 overtime thriller at Coppin State. The Aggies have won their last four games by total of 10 points.
UMES Notes: Maryland Eastern Shore's strength lies with its three outstanding guards in Hillary Haley, Louis Bell and Percy Woods. Together they make up more than 46 percent of the Hawks' offense. The leading scorer for the Hawks, however, is 6-foot-9 center Ronald Spencer. Spencer is averaging 11.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 55 percent from the floor. But Spencer has only played in six games this season. Haley was a big problem for the Aggies last season. The 6-6 Haley (Landover, Md.) scored 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the floor in the Hawks' 83-82 win over the Aggies last season in Princess Anne, Md.
He's Heating Up: Junior Adrian Powell says any one of his teammates, if given the ball in the late seconds of a game, can come up and hit game-winning shots. But Powell's teammates have not had the ball in their hands in the late seconds, lately. He has. Powell's made the best of those opportunities. Powell (6-6, Conover, N.C.) led the Aggies to a 62-61 win over Morgan State on Jan. 21 when he hit a runner in the lane with 15 seconds remaining. Two nights later, he trailed on the fast break, thus finding himself open for a game-winning 3-pointer with 35.3 seconds remaining as the Aggies defeated Coppin State 93-92 in overtime. Over his last four games, Powell is averaging 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds, while shooting 47.1 percent from 3-point range and 56 percent from the floor. On the season, he is averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds.