Aggies end skid with win over Charleston Southern
A&T STATISTICS OFFICERS: g Kameron Langley (13 pts, 5 for 7 FG, 5 stls); F Justin Whatley (9 pts, 5 rebs, 3 for 4 FG); g Demetric Horton (8 pts, 6 rebs, 6 assists); g David Beaty (7 reps).
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN STATISTICAL LEADERS: G Claudell Harris, Jr. (13 points); G Tahlik Chavez (13 points); F Taje’ Kelly (10 pts, 5 rebs); F Kalib Clinton (8 rems)
WHY A&T GOT THE “W”: Ballet dance for three dancers. The Aggies defended all three. During the Aggies’ five-game losing streak, they allowed 51 3-pointers and opponents shot 45.1% from 3-point range. On Wednesday, the Charleston Southern made just 3 of 21 threes after entering the game ranked 22nd nationally in 3-point field goal attempts.
WHY CHARLESTON SO. DID NOT INCLUDE THE “W”: The Buccaneers were unintentional with their care of the basketball, turning it over 23 times in the game. A&T took advantage by outscoring the Bucs 19-8 in points on turnovers. That’s the most turnovers the Aggies have forced this season.
CRUCIAL: It was a two-point game, 51-49, with 2:50 remaining after Taje’ Kelly knocked down two free throws for the Bucs. At the very next possession, Demetric Horton found freshman forward jaylen jackson on a no-look pass for a dunk, igniting the crowd at #ClubCorbett and sparking a 9-0 run late in the game.
GREENSBORO EAST – Threatening defense and timely offensive shots led the North Carolina A&T Aggies to a 62-51 victory over the Charleston Southern Buccaneers inside the Corbett Sports Center on Wednesday night.
The win was a welcome sight for the Aggies (10-15, 5-6 Big South), who had previously lost five straight while the loss drops Charleston So to 5-19 overall and 1-10 in conference.
The Aggies’ biggest second-half lead was 11. However, a Claudelle Harris Jr. 3-pointer gave the Bucs a 45-44 lead with 6½ minutes left. graduate ahead Justin Whatley helped the Aggies regain the lead by smashing their way into the post to score on a tough turnover in the paint.
Two minutes later, he came out and scored a 3-pointer on a pass from the graduate guard David Beaty to give A&T a 51-46 lead with 3:59 to play. Charleston So scored the next three points before the junior guard Demetric Horton made an incredible no-look pass to the freshman forward jaylen jackson for a dunk that gave the Aggies a 53-49 lead with 2½ minutes remaining.
Kameron Langley then makes a defensive play. He had his fifth steal of the match, which ultimately led to a David Beaty draping. After Langley and Beatty had a free throw each, Horton completed the Aggies 9-0 run with a 3-pointer to give the Aggies a 60-49 lead with 28 seconds left. The Aggies put the exclamation point on the win when Jackson flew through the air to slam home an alley-oop lob from Horton.
“It’s good to win,” said the A&T coach Will Jones. “I’m really excited about jaylen jackson and what he brought in the second half as a freshman with some positives there. But I just thought the guys were fighting.”
On Wednesday, A&T got off to another slow start, scoring nine points in the first 10 ½ minutes to take the Bucs to a 17-9 lead early. However, the Aggies would get off to a quick start, orchestrating an 11-2 run capped by 3 straight points from the second-year guard. Milton Matthews to claim a 20-19 advantage.
Charleston So would briefly regain the lead after a Tahlik Chavez bucket, but four runs in the final two minutes from Langley gave the Aggies a 26-23 lead at intermission. The Aggies’ running general had 10 points in the first half with three interceptions.
“I think the guys fought for forty minutes, and I think Kam showed exceptional leadership today,” Jones said. “He scored the basketball but also gave it away.”
QUOTE: “Sometimes it can be hard to get off that bus of adversity, but I thought we did it tonight and got a W, so I’m proud of the guys.”
A&T Head Coach Will Jones on who participated in A&T’s big win
- In February, the Aggies are now 7-0 at home under Coach Jones.
- 51 is a season low in points allowed for A&T.
- Jones goes 2-0 against Charleston So and his former boss, Barclay Radebaugh. The Aggies go 3-0 against the Bucs all-time.
- This game marks the 46th time Langley has scored in double figures in his career.
- It was also Langley’s 10th career game with more than five interceptions. The extra steals give him 261 for his career. He ranks 123rd all-time in NCAA history.
- His six assists mark a new career high for Horton. This is his fourth game with five hundred and more.
- A&T has won 46 games inside the Corbett Sports Center over the past five years.
- During their five-game losing streak, the Aggies only had more assists once. On Wednesday, they had eight more assists (14-6) than Charleston So.
- The Aggies forced 23 turnovers at Buc on Wednesday to mark the first time they’ve forced more than 20 turnovers since Greensboro College had 21 turnovers earlier this season on Nov. 18.