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Aggies Face Undefeated Georgetown

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 12/08/2017
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Junior Japhet Kadji has scored 30 points over his last two games. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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Georgetown (7-0) vs. North Carolina A&T (5-3)
Date:
 December 9, 2017        
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Facility: Capital One Arena        
Series: Georgetown leads, 1-0   
Radio: ESPN Triad Radio, 1320AM/1230 AM/93.7 FM/104.9 FM

PROBABLE STARTERS: F Japhet Kadji (6-7, 205, R-So., 8.6, ppg, 6.4 rpg); G Aaren Edmead (5-10, 165, Jr., 12.5 ppg, 4.0 apg); G Kameron Langley (6-2, 205, Fr., 6.6 ppg, 3.9 apg); G Raymon Pratt (6-3, 197, So., 7.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg); F Femi Olujobi (6-8, 233, Jr., 25.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg).

AGGIES OVERVIEW:  North Carolina A&T returns to action after taking their end of semester exams. The Aggies hope the time off will get them back on the winning track. Following a four-game winning streak in November, the Aggies have now lost their last two. In their last outing, the Aggies lost a 3-point buzzer beater at Presbyterian College. Despite the two-game skid, the Aggies are still the only Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team above .500 in the non-conference portion of the season. Their game against Georgetown will be their final game of their four-game road swing that has included games at East Carolina, at Central Connecticut, and at PC. N.C. A&T is still led by junior forward Femi Olujobi who is third in the nation in scoring at 25.1 per game. But a new weapon emerged at Presbyterian on Saturday when sophomore Raymon Pratt scored a career high 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting. The Aggies are also hoping to get graduate transfer guard Devonte Boykins back from an injury that has forced him to miss the last two games. Boykins is shooting 38.7 percent from 3-point range (12-for-31), while teammate Japhet Kadji is shooting 40 percent from the beyond the arc (10-for-25).

GEORGETOWN OVERVIEW: Georgetown is becoming familiar with the MEAC. N.C. A&T will be the Hoyas third straight MEAC opponent. The Hoyas defeated Coppin State on 76-70 on Dec. 3 before taking down fellow Washington, D.C., school Howard, 81-67 on Dec. 7. The Hoyas also defeated MEAC member Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 18, 83-57. While the Aggies are playing in their fourth straight game, the Hoyas have played six of their seven games at Capital One Arena. The one exception was a game played a couple of hours away in Richmond, Va. The Hoyas are led by NBA legend and Georgetown alum Patrick Ewing. In his first season with the Hoyas, Ewing’s team is led Jessie Govan, a 6-foot-10, 270-pound power forward who averages 20.4 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 62.1 percent from the floor. Govan helped the Hoyas outrebound Howard 41-25 as he finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds (6 offensive). The Hoyas have five players shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range and are shooting 40.6 percent as a team.

Stepping Up: Junior Japhet Kadji is starting to find his comfort zone on the court for the Aggies. In each of his past two games, Kadji has scored 15 points. In those two games, he is a combined 10-for-19 from the floor. He is also 4-for-10 from 3-point range, and he is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game over his last two.

News & Notes:

  • The Hoyas and the Aggies both have bulldogs serve as their respctive mascots even though neither team is nicknamed Bulldog. The Aggies derive their name from being an agricultural school, while Hoyas Saxa is a Greek and Latin term meaning "What Rocks."
  • N.C. A&T will be playing their first Big East opponent since losing at Seton Hall 77-66 at the Barclay Center on Dec. 16, 2012. The Aggies are 1-2 against the Big East as it is currently constructed. They lost to Creighton but defeated DePaul 96-93 on Nov. 24, 2007.
  • The Aggies feature nine newcomers including three junior college transfers, three Division i transfers and two true freshmen and one graduate transfer. This season the Aggies have started at some point a true freshman, two of the junior college transfers and all three Division I transfers at some point has made a start. Graduate transfer Devonte Boykins has started six games this season.
  • The Aggies had their best November in school history with five wins including two road wins. The Aggies ended a 36-game losing streak on the road to non-conference opponents earlier this season when they went to Jacksonville and defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins in overtime.
  • For the first time all season, Femi Olujobi was not named MEAC Player of the Week, stopping his streak of consecutive POTW’s at three. Olujobi is still third in the nation in scoring and leads the conference in defensive rebounds (6.88), FT attempts (73), FT made (57) and points. He is second in the league double-doubles (4), FG pct. (.590), minutes per game (34:15) and rebounds (9.4). A&T leads the MEAC in turnover-to-assist ratio, assists (16.5), fewest turnovers (114), scoring margin (+7.0) and scoring offense (85.0).

 

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