HUNTINGTON, WVa. (November 19, 2018) – North Carolina A&T got behind early and were never able to recover as Marshall downed the Aggies 95-71 in men’s basketball Monday night at the Cam Henderson Center.
N.C. A&T continued to get better at rebounding. After being outrebounded by a combined 47 rebounds in their first three games, the Aggies have outrebounded their last two opponents as they outrebounded the Thundering Herd by three Monday.
But turnovers were a detriment for the Aggies. Marshall turned 22 Aggie turnovers into 39 points as the Thundering Herd outscored the Aggies 39-8 in points off turnovers.
Graduates Terry Harris and Ibrahim Sylla led N.C. A&T with 13 points apiece. Sylla was 5-for-7 from the floor and added nine rebounds. Senior Milik Gantz got the start against the Thundering Herd and responded with 11 points.
Marshall opened the game 11-for-18 from the floor. Seven of those field goals were made from 3-point range as the Herd took a 29-12 lead. The Aggies fought to get the lead down to 12 on two Harris free throws with 3:35 remaining in the first half. But a 6-0 run that included a Jannson Williams dunk put Marshall back in command. A Williams 3-pointer gave the Herd a 47-27 halftime lead.
The Herd outscored the Aggies 21-4 in points off turnovers in the first half. Marshall led by as many as 31 in the second half. N.C. A&T got the lead under 20 once in the second half on a Sylla dunk, but Marshall shot well enough in the second half (45.9 percent) to keep the Aggies at a distance.
N.C. A&T looked much sharper offensively in the second half by shooting 53.6 percent from the floor. Sophomore point guard Kameron Langley had a season-high nine assists. Graduate guard Amari Hamilton came off the bench to score nine.
Mount St. Mary’s awaits the Aggies next. N.C. A&T will face The Mount 5 p.m., Wednesday at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md.