Dover, Del. (Jan. 12, 2019) --- North Carolina A&T shot better than 60 percent overall and from three-point range to highlight a 93-70 MEAC men’s basketball victory over Delaware State today. The Aggies won their third straight game to improve to 7-9 overall and 2-0 in the MEAC, The Hornets dropped their fifth in a row to fall to 3-13 and 0-3.
NCA&T connected on 36 of its 57 shots from the field (63.2%), including 14-of-23 from beyond the arc.
Aggie swingman Terry Harris (gr.) was the primary Hornet-killer in the contest, topping all players with 25 points on nine-of-14 shooting, including seven three-pointers on 11 attempts. Harris had 20 points, highlighted by six three-pointers, in the first half.
Guard Qua Copeland (jr.) added 22 points for the Aggies. Copeland knocked down eight of his 10 shots from the field, including six-of-eight from three-point range.
Milik Gantz contributed 12 points (6-9 FGs), while Kameron Langley had a game-high 10 assists for North Carolina A&T.
Pinky Wiley (so.) was high scorer for Delaware State with 18 points (7-13 FGs; 3-8 3pt. FG) and had a team-high six assists.
Ameer Bennett (so.) added a career-high 17 points on five-for-seven shooting from the field for the Hornets.
Delaware State led 25-22 after two free throws by Kevin Larkin (nine points) before the Aggies began to take control.
Harris knocked down his fourth three-pointer of the game to cap off a 15-2 run and giving NCA&T a 37-27 lead with 3:33 left in the half.
The Aggies held their biggest first half lead, 48-31, after a basket and free throw by Aaren Edmead with 50 seconds to go before intermission.
Delaware State trailed 48-33 at the half.
The Hornets scored the first two points of the second half, but the Aggies answered with a 14-2 run to take control of the game. Sylla Ibrahim capped off the run with two free throws to give NCA&T a 62-38 lead with 14:26 left to play.
The Aggies opened up their biggest lead of the game, 69-43, following a three-pointer by Copeland at the 12:09 mark of the second half.
Delaware State could get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
The Hornets shot 41.8% for the game, connecting on 23 of their 55 attempts from the field. DSU was eigth-for-23 on three-point shots (34.8%) and 16-of- 28 from the free throw line (57.1%).
DSU won the rebound battle 32-30, while the Aggies had fewer turnovers (11) than the Hornets (15).
The Hornets wrap up a three-game home stand when North Carolina Central visits Memorial Hall on Monday (Jan. 14). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., following the DSU / NC Central women’s contest.