By Amir Frazir | February 01, 2020
GREENSBORO, N.C. —
“This is no different. It may be different for them”.
These words spoken by interim Head Coach Will Jones proved to be true as the Aggies won their fourth game in a row, and 21st MEAC game at home, by a score of 74-68 in front of a nearly sold out crowd in Corbett Sports Center Saturday night as they took down previously undefeated Norfolk State.
This matchup of #1 and #2 in the MEAC had high anticipation all week throughout the HBCU sports landscape, as the game could determine the #1 seed in a matchup between two teams who will not meet again for the remainder of the regular season. The day was also historic in Greensboro. The game was being played on the 60th anniversary of “the A&T Four Sit-In” and the first day of Black History Month with a rowdy crowd of 4,317 in attendance.
Junior Kwe Parker made arguably the biggest impact of the night dropping in 15 points on 5-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 from the arc with no turnovers on the night. The guard has provided a huge spark since replacing an injured Tyler Maye in the starting lineup, as he has poured in double-digits in two out of the last three games (15 versus Bethune-Cookman).
The Aggies only shot 41 percent from the field as a team, and 29 percent from the three point line in this huge victory, a testament to the devastating defense being played on the other end by Norfolk State. The blue-and-gold forced 21 Spartans turnovers, a team that marched into Corbett only averaging 14 on the year. The Aggies also forced Norfolk to a game total of 68 points on the night, lower than their 70.1 point total on the season.
The team won the battle down below behind the play of veteran bigs Devin Haygood and Ron Jackson (combined for 16 rebounds), pulling down 37 total team rebounds to the Spartans 35, as well as 36 total points in the paint to the Spartans 20.
The Aggies entered the game looking to make a statement facing a conference power and did just that as they came out swinging and never gave up the lead or tied at any point in the game while leading by as much as 13 points throughout.
“Push the ball, share the ball”, Jones’ motto given to his team as the group finished the game with the entire starting five notching double-digits in points.
NCAT’s next matchup will be their fourth game in a row at Corbett as they take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs on Greek Night, February 03, 2020. The “Battle for the Carolinas” between the two biggest HBCUs in each respective state will be a special one for the Coach Jones, a Bulldog alum and former MEAC regular season and tournament champion in 2003 under Cy Alexander.
The maroon-and-navy Bulldogs are currently 4-4 in MEAC play while sitting at 6th in the league coming into Monday’s game on a 3-game losing streak. The Aggies look to end the week at home with a bang, going into the match with the constant reminder of “One game at a time” ringing from Coach Jones after every outcome this season.
NCAT Aggies (11-12, 4-1 MEAC) vs SCSU (9-11, 4-4 MEAC)
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Amir Frazier is a mass media journalism student at North Carolina A&T State University graduating in 2021. A freelance writer and photographer. Amir is the creator of Aggie Football Central , which provides independent coverage of the North Carolina A&T Aggie football team via Instagram. It is not affiliated with the university.