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The Game: North Carolina A&T Aggies (10-13, 5-3) at Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (9-13, 6-2)
When: Saturday, February 4 at 4 p.m.
Where: Moore Gymnasium, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Must See: Made shots. North Carolina A&T went more than 13 minutes without a field goal on Monday as its five-game winning streak came to an end in a 56-41 loss to Delaware State at Corbett Sports Center. The Aggies 41-point output was their lowest since they scored 34 points against Washington State in 2007. The off night for the Aggies included a season-low 14-point second half and a season-low 27.5 shooting percentage. The Aggies will have to get back to knocking down shots in a place where they have almost two decades of misfortune. The Aggies face defending MEAC regular-season champion Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Aggies have not won in Daytona Beach since defeating B-CU 89-77 in 1995. It is a losing streak that stands at 14 games. Before their bad shooting night against DSU, the Aggies were hitting a lot of shots. Their five-game winning streak included a 43.4 shooting percentage the floor and 36.2 shooting percentage from 3-point range. A&T also averaged 80.2 points per game during the streak.
Bethune-Cookman: The Wildcats are currently tied for second with Savannah State in the MEAC standings. The Aggies lead the all-time series 37-29, but the Wildcats have been successful against the Aggies lately. B-CU is 8-2 against A&T in its last 10 meetings with the Aggies and head coach Jerry Eaves is 2-10 versus the Wildcats during his nine seasons with A&T. B-CU's latest win over A&T came on Jan. 7 when the Wildcats overcame a six-point deficit in the final minute of the game to beat the Aggies 59-56 at Corbett Sports Center. Kevin Dukes, the Wildcats leading scorer at 10.7 points per game, was a big part of that victory for the Wildcats. He scored 23 points, including 11 points in the final five minutes of the game.
He's Heating Up: If not for Adrian Powell on Monday, the Aggies would have really had problems scoring on Monday. Powell was the only Aggie in double figures with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Powell has scored in double figures in his last six games, including a 22-point, 10-rebound performance against Florida A&M on Jan. 9. In conference games only, Powell is the Aggies leading scorer at 13.5 points per game. Powell is also averaging 30.3 minutes per contest in conference play, and he is shooting 40 percent from the 3-point arc against conference foes.