Ingram, Moton honored by MEAC
Posted March 10
Durham, N.C. — After racking up 25 wins and a 15-1 record in the conference, the accolades came flowing for North Carolina Central University as senior Jeremy Ingram (Charlotte, N.C.) was named MEAC Player of the Year, fifth year head coach LeVelle Moton earned Coach of the Year honors, while senior Emanuel Chapman (Raleigh, N.C.) was named third team All-MEAC, the league announced on Monday.
Ingram finished the regular season averaging 20.2 points a game, which was second in the league, currently No. 22 in the nation. He becomes the second Eagle all-time to earn player of the year honors and to score more than 600 points in a season since the 1980-81 campaign. Moton was the only other student-athlete to don the maroon and gray to accomplish such a feat, earning CIAA Player of the Year in 1996 and scoring 611 points in the 1994-95 campaign. Ingram scored 30 more points on four occasions, including a career-high 38 points in the maroon and gray’s first-ever road win at Tiger Arena on Feb. 17. He also earned MEAC Player of the Week honors four times on the year.
Moton’s squad won the MEAC’s regular season title, finishing 25-5 overall, 15-1 in league play to earn the school’s first regular season championship at the NCAA Division I level. The 25 regular season victories are the second-most wins since John McLendon’s 1950-51 Eagles went 26-5 in the regular season. Over the past two seasons, Moton and his troops are 30-2 in the conference and have compiled 23 consecutive wins at home, and enter the MEAC Tournament riding a 17-game winning streak.
Chapman topped the MEAC in assists averaging 6.8 helpers per game, which is currently fifth in the nation. He also set the single-season record at NCCU with 203, passing Donald Sinclair in the 1979-80 campaign who racked up 200 for the maroon and gray. Chapman also topped the conference in steals averaging 2.2 thefts per game, while also averaging 6.6 points per contest. The selfless point guard scored in double figures six times in the regular season, including a career-high 18 points in the huge 82-72 overtime upset over NC State on Nov. 20, 2013. He recorded his first career double-double on Feb. 8 at home against Bethune-Cookman by scoring 14 points and dishing out 11 assists in the victory over the Wildcats.
For the full MEAC release and All-Conference team information, check out www.MEACSports.com, the official website of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
NCCU will take on the winner of the eighth-seeded Bison of Howard University and the ninth-seeded Aggies of North Carolina A&T on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. from the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.