NC Central clinches at least a share of MEAC regular season title

Staff ReportsMarch 1, 2014 

— North Carolina Central made senior day even more special as the Eagles used another dominating performance to dismantle the South Carolina State Bulldogs 86-44 in front of 2,414 maroon-clad fans at McDougald-McLendon Gym.

Despite an early setback where N.C. Central found itself down 9-3 on Jalen White’s layup with 16:41 to go, the veteran Eagles used the next five minutes to go on a 14-3 run and take the lead at 17-12.

Senior Jeremy Ingram of Charlotte had it going early and often in the first frame, scoring 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting, 4 of 6 from beyond-the-arc. Ingram also collected a season-high five steals through the first 20 minutes.

The Eagles forced 10 turnovers and a five-point lead ballooned to a 40-24 halftime advantage.

The second half was more of the same as N.C. Central used a 10-1 run through the first five-and-a-half minutes in the second half to make it 50-25.

It took until the 12:51 mark of the second stanza for S.C. State to get its first field goal in the second half, as White connected on a layup to make it 59-27.

N.C. Central’s dominance continued the rest of the way, which gave coach LeVelle Moton the opportunity to send all of his seniors out with a curtain call in front of the Eagle faithful for a standing ovation.

Ingram scored 25 points and junior Jordan Parks recorded his second double-double of the year with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Eagles committed a season-low five turnovers, marking a new record in the NCAA Division I era for the program.

S.C. State (9-18, 5-9) struggled mightily from the field in the contest, shooting 28.3 percent going 15 for 53, including 2 for 16 from beyond the arc.

With the win, N.C. Central (23-5, 13-1) has recorded 15 straight victories, 22 in a row inside McDougald-McLendon Gym dating back to the 2012-13 campaign, and needs one more victory to secure the school’s first MEAC regular season title.

The Eagles take on Savannah State 7 p.m. Monday in Durham.

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