Colleges

NCCU clamps down on Campbell in second half

Posted November 18, 2013

— In game No. 2 of the 2013 Global Sports Hoops Shootout, North Carolina Central University turned the defense up a notch in the second half, holding the host Camels of Campbell University to just two field goals as the Eagles earned the 62-43 victory on Monday night inside Gore Arena in Buies Creek, N.C.

The host Camels came out blazing from the field as Campbell drilled their first seven three-pointers through the first seven minutes to bolt out to a 21-11 lead, but the Eagles kept their composure and didn’t panic.

With the score at 22-11 with 11:32 to go, senior point guard Emanuel Chapman (Raleigh, N.C.) found Jeremy Ingram for a wide-open three that got the maroon and gray rolling.

Over the next seven minutes, NCCU went on a 17-6 rally to tie the game at 28, that included a Reggie Groves (Raleigh, N.C.) three-pointer from 25-feet.

CU outscored the Eagles down-the-stretch 6-2 to take a four-point cushion into the locker room at 34-30.

Ingram struggled offensively going 4-for-12 from the field to end up with 12 points to lead the Eagles.

NCCU took control of the game in the second half in all phases of the contest that began with 17-3 run to take a 47-37 advantage of the Camels in which Ingram scored 15 points to set the tone for the rest of the evening.

That’s when the Eagle defense put the clamps on CU, forcing eight turnovers, winning the rebound battle 21-10, and holding the Camels to 2-for-19 (10.5 percent) shooting from-the-field as the maroon and gray saw the lead grow to as high as 20 on the way to a 62-43 win.

Ingram ended the night with 29 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field that included 3-for-7 from three-point range, while Chapman grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, seven assists, four points, and five steals.

Junior forward Jay Copeland (Suffolk, Va.) nearly recorded his second double-double of the season with nine points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Senior Alfonzo Houston (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) finished with nine points and four rebounds in the win.

As a team, the Eagles turned it up a notch offensively in the second half shooting 10-for-20 (50.0 percent), finished the night going 16-for-22 (72.7 percent) from the charity stripe, and won the rebounding battle 38-27, along with dominating in the paint 32-12.

Campbell (2-2) had two players in double figures led by Andrew Ryan’s double-double 11 point 10 rebound effort, along with Darius Leonard who finished with 10 points in the loss.

NCCU (2-1) looks to make it three-in-a-row on Wednesday night in game No. 3 of the 2013 Global Sports Hoops Shootout as the Eagles make the short trip to PNC Arena for their fifth matchup since 2007 with the Wolfpack of N.C. State University.

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