Southern University (1-2) vs. NC Central (1-2)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 15, 6:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Arena Auditorium (15,000) -- Laramie, Wyoming .
Television: None. Home Record: Southern 0-0, NCCU 1-0. Away Record: Southern
0-2, NCCU 0-2. Neutral Record: Southern 1-0, NCCU 0-0. Conference Record:
Southern 0-0, NCCU 0-0. Series Record: Southern leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: After opening the season with consecutive setbacks, the Southern
University Jaguars now try to balance the ledger as they challenge in the
Eagles of North Carolina Central as part of the Global Sports Hoops Showcase
The Jaguars began the 2012-13 campaign with back-to-back defeats against a
couple of high-powered programs in Iowa State and Nebraska, both on the road.
Yesterday Southern was again away from home, this time on a neutral floor
technically, as it slipped by South Dakota in an 83-79 final.
Meanwhile, the Eagles were also taken down in their season opener over the
weekend, bowing to Wichita State on the road. However, on Monday the team
provided a boost to their stats for several weeks to come as they crushed
visiting Johnson & Wales in a 109-46 final. NCCU was then dealt a blow of
reality yesterday when it suffered a 73-60 setback against Wyoming in this
Southern leads the all-time series between the teams by a count of 2-0,
although those two contests took place back in 1941.
After leading by as many as 14 points in the second half, the Jags were lucky
to come away with the four-point win against South Dakota yesterday. The team
survived the letdown by hitting on 14-of-17 shots at the free-throw line after
intermission. Derick Beltran led five in double figures as he tallied 17
points, thanks to 4-of-8 shooting behind the three-point line, followed by
Javan Mitchell and Jameel Grace with 16 points apiece, the former pulling in
eight rebounds before fouling out as well. Off the bench, the team also
received a lift from Malcolm Miller and Yondarius Johnson who both tallied 11
points, the former filling his stat line with seven rebounds, four assists and
four steals. Beltran, responsible for 10 of the team's 19 three-pointers
through the first three games, leads in scoring with 20.0 ppg, followed by
Mitchell and Grace with 10.7 and 10.0 ppg, respectively.
NC Central erupted with 57.9 percent shooting from the floor in the first
half, allowing it to remain within two points of the Cowboys at the break, but
in the second half the Eagles knocked down a mere 7-of-26 (.269) from the
field, en route to the double-digit loss. Ray Willis tallied a team-high 20
points, shooting 3-of-4 behind the three-point line, while also clearing a
team-best eight rebounds and making three steals. Jeremy Ingram came off the
bench to record 11 points and six boards, but between him and Willis they also
accounted for eight of the unit's 13 turnovers as well. After three games,
Willis heads a list of three double-digit scorers for NCCU, delivering 15.3
ppg as he shoots 53.1 percent from the field and 5-of-11 on the perimeter.
Ingram (14.3 ppg) and Stanton Kidd (13.0 ppg) also combine with Willis to
generate close to 15 rpg which would be half of the unit's production.
This game has the potential to get a bit wild from an offensive standpoint so
almost anything goes if the teams decide to dial up the tempo. But because
Southern has been less than stellar at the defensive end, this might be a game
for the Eagles to win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC Central 78, Southern University 71
11/15 10:33:31 ET
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