November 17, 2019 MEAC Men’s Basketball Recap

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Toledo 112, Howard 68
Northern Kentucky 82, Coppin State 70
#4 Louisville 87, North Carolina Central 58 

Toledo 112, Howard 68
TOLEDO, OHIO – The Howard University Bison dropped game three of the Men Against Breast Cancer Invitational 112-68 on Sunday afternoon at John F. Savage Arena to the University of Toledo Rockets.

“Toledo is a very good team, they are a team that will be playing in the NCAA tournament come March, all credit to them they did a wonderful job,” said first-year head coach Kenny Blakeney. “I think we (Howard) took a step forward this game. We played hard for 40 minutes and that was something I really wanted us to do today. In terms of taking a step forward, growing and finding out who we can be in the future I think we did that today.”

Senior guard Charles “CJ” Williams (Richmond, Va.) recorded his second 20-point plus performance with a team-high 21 points on the afternoon. Freshman guard Ian Lee (Toronto, Canada) notched a career-high point, while sophomore guard Raymond Bethea, Jr. (Atlantic City, N.J.) pulled down a team-best seven boards.

 “It was great to get some major contributions from our younger guys. Lee played one of his better games and LiWayne Richardson (Boca Raton, Fla.) played well with energy and enthusiasm. Those are two guys that are going to be a big part of the team in the future that we are developing into college basketball student-athletes,” said Blakeney. “And we are always led by our senior Williams, who played a solid game and did a great job on offense and defense. He has been the guy for us that helps to connect the dots between what we are trying to do and where we are trying to go.”

Howard commenced the contest with vigor knocking down four three-pointers within the first four minutes of play. On a long ball from Lee, HU tied the contest 9-9 at the 16:10 minute mark with Williams following up shortly after with a two-pointer for an 11-9 Howard lead.

Recap | Box Score

Northern Kentucky 82, Coppin State 70

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Coppin State’s men’s basketball team dropped its second consecutive game of the Collegiate Hoops Roadshow, 82-70 at Northern Kentucky on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Arena. 

The Basics
Final Score: Coppin State 70, Northern Kentucky 82
Records: Coppin State (1-4), Northern Kentucky (3-1)
Location: Highland Heights, Ky. (BB&T Arena)

How it Happened

  • Coppin’s Koby Thomas put the Eagles on top, 2-1 with a breakaway layup after a steal at the 18:04 mark but the Norse scored six-straight to go back up, 7-2 with 16:57 remaining.
  • The Eagles got to within 10-9 after buckets by Andrew Robinsonand Dejuan Clayton along with a three by Kamar McKnightwith 14:43 left.
  • Northern Kentucky scored 16 of the next 22 points to extend its lead to as many as 26-15 with 7:15 to go in the half, but CSU scored seven-straight and closed to as little as 29-26 with just under three minutes left after another three by McKnight.
  • The Norse went into halftime with a 34-28 lead while making 8-of-20 shots from behind-the-arc.
  • NKU quickly extended its lead to double figures in the second half with the closest Coppin getting was at 43-38 after back-to-back threes by Clayton and McKnight at the 16:35 and 15:55 marks, respectively.
  • The hosts’ largest lead came at 14 points.

Recap | Box Score

#4 Louisville 87, North Carolina Central 58 

LOUISVILLE – North Carolina Central University continued its three-game road swing at top-five ranked Louisville, and the Cardinals picked up an 87-58 victory inside the KFC YUM! Center on Sunday, Nov. 17.

NCCU (1-3) stayed close with Louisville (3-0) at the start of the contest but the Eagles found the goals unkind with just a pair of made threes.  While the Eagles were cold from the floor, the Cardinals knocked down over 65 percent of their shots in the first half on the way to a 43-19 lead at the half.

NCCU had better success from the field in the second half with four three-pointers and 13 made free throws, but the hosts stayed hot from the floor as Louisville shot 66.7 percent from the field as a team during the contest on the way to an 87-58 final tally.

Randy Miller Jr. (Odenton, Md.) posted a team-high 15 points for the maroon and gray, and Jibri Blount (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had an even game with eight points and eight rebounds.  Jordan Perkins (Greensboro, N.C.) dished out a team-best four assists with nine points, and Justin Whatley (Chesapeake, Va.) knocked down a season-best three triples for nine points as well.

Recap | Box Score

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