November 11, 2019 MEAC Basketball Recap

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Omaha 90, Bethune-Cookman 61
North Carolina Central 73, USC Upstate 64
South Dakota 85, Florida A&M 82

Omaha 90, Bethune-Cookman 61

OMAHA, Neb. – Joe French scored 19 points in Bethune-Cookman’s 90-61 setback to Nebraska-Omaha Monday night at Baxter Arena.

The freshman from Orlando was 7-12 from the field, including 3-6 from behind the arc as he led the Wildcats (1-2) in scoring for the second time this season.

Cletrell Pope was the other Wildcat in double figures with 12 points. He also had a team-high eight rebounds.

JT Gibson’s 26 points led five players in double figures as the host Mavericks (2-1) shot 67.9 percent from the first half en route to a 47-27 halftime. BCU went scoreless for a 7:44 stretch that allowed UNO to go on a 17-0 run.

BCU got as close as 51-37 on a Jordan Preaster jumper with 15:49 remaining but could pull no closer.
Isaiah Bailey scored eight points for the Wildcats, while Preaster and Wali Parks (seven rebounds) each scored six.

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North Carolina Central 73, USC Upstate 6

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University seniors Jibri Blount (Pittsburgh, Md.) and Randy Miller Jr. (Odenton, Md.) both had career nights to help the Eagles past USC Upstate, 73-64, inside McDougald-McLendon Arena on Monday, Nov. 11.

With the win, NCCU (1-1) secured their 10th-consecutive home-opening win.

The game started at a frigid pace, as it took nine minutes for either team to breach the 10-point barrier, and that was the first of back-to-back three-pointers from Ty Graves (Greensboro, N.C.) for the Eagles.  Once the Eagles found the net, they broke off a nine-point run on their way to a 13-point lead over Upstate (1-2), 22-9, with seven minutes remaining in the half.  Graves had an electric game for the Eagles as he accounted for 14 points with four treys.

The Spartans kept the pressure on the Eagles, but the home-side was able to go to the locker room with a 32-25 advantage, pushed by a first-half double-double from Blount of 10 points and 11 rebounds.  Miller also finished the half with 10 points for the maroon and gray.

NCCU took an early claim of the second half, and stretched the lead out to as many as 14 with the help of career games from Blount and Miller.  Blount registered his first double-double as an Eagle with career highs of 16 points and 19 rebounds, as he finished one rebound-shy from becoming just the eighth Eagle to record a 20-rebound performance since 1988.  Miller reached a career-high of 29 points as he connected five times from the perimeter, and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line.

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South Dakota 85, Florida A&M 82

HONOLULU, Hawaii | Rod Melton, Jr. scored 15 of his career-high 27 points in the first half as the Florida A&M University men’s basketball nearly defeated South Dakota, 85-82, during the final day of the 55th Annual Outriggers Resorts Rainbow Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on Monday night.

The Rattlers (0-4) led by as many as 10 points early in the first half, but South Dakota (3-0) battled back as the two teams went into the break tied at 44. The Coyotes survived a furious rally in the final minute to earn the win.

Melton, who’s previous career high was 16 points against Fort Valley State in 2018, went 10-of-20 from the floor, including 2-of-6 from behind the 3-point line and 5-of-8 from the foul line to finish with a game-high 27 points. MJ Randolph posted a career-high 16 points, on 4-of-5 shooting, and added five rebounds, three steals and one assist. Bryce Moragne tallied 12 points, a team-high nine rebounds and one steal, while Evins Desir registered a career-high 10 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, with five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Tyler Hagedorn paced South Dakota with 23 points, four rebounds and one steal, while Triston Simpson registered 22 points, three assists and one board. Stanley Umude added 18 points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals, while Cody Kelley recorded 10 points, five boards and three assists.

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