Bowling Clinches MEAC Southern Division Title
GREENSBORO (March 5, 2017) – The North Carolina A&T bowling team clinched the MEAC Southern Division regular-season title by a total of eight pins Sunday. N.C. A&T and Norfolk State went into Sunday’s Baker matches tied atop the MEAC Southern Division with 11-4 records.
The Aggies started the day by beating Florida A&M, 930-823 and the Spartans opened by defeating Bethune- Cookman 941-790 to set up the showdown for the South. The Aggies pulled out an 881-873 win to take the match.
It didn’t look good for the Aggies as their third straight Southern Division title was in jeopardy midway through the match. Both teams knocked down 147 pints in the first game. The Aggies knocked down 26 more pins than the Spartans in Game 2, but Game 3 saw the Spartans outscore N.C. A&T 224-143. Things started looking dicey for the Aggies as Game 4 saw the Spartans post a 14-pin advantage over the Aggies. That sent the Aggies into the final game down 69 pins.
N.C. A&T (78-64) was terrific with the threat of the Southern title going to Norfolk. The Aggies had their best Baker game of the season, posting a total pin fall of 253 to outscore the Spartans by 77 pins. “It was our biggest comeback of the season,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “It was so impressive to see them come together and believe. It is just one more step toward us being ready for MEAC championships.”
In the past two seasons the Aggies have won a national championship through the Intercollegiate Team Championships sponsored by the USBC, and they have earned an NCAA bid where they finished third nationally. But the MEAC tournament title has eluded the Aggies every year since 2004.
The Aggies made sure the Southern division title was theirs on Sunday by beating Bethune-Cookman 990-900. For the weekend, they had a total pin fall of 5,438 over six games (181.3) to lead the meet. They finish the MEAC regular season slate 14-4. The Aggies next stop will be the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn., before competing for the MEAC title, March 24-26.