FAMU Women 55, NC A&T 51
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan.13) – The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers (8-9, 1-1 MEAC) used a strong offensive performance in the second half to defeat the Lady Aggies of North Carolina A&T (11-3, 1-1 MEAC), 55-51, here today at the Al Lawson Center on the campus of Florida A&M University.
The tale of the second half was free throws and tenacity as the Lady Rattlers clawed their way back into the game after being down by as many as eight points in the second half. The Lady Rattlers converted 15-of-17 from the free throw line, an 88.2 percent clip, while the Aggies went only 9-of-19 in the same period.
Head coach LeDawn Gibson was pleased with her team’s bounce back after dropping a heartbreaker to NCCU on Saturday. “We had a practice yesterday that was more like a talk. We needed to work out some things mentally and we converted that into a win. We saw the results of that today as the ladies never gave up,” Gibson said.
Jasmine Grice led the Lady Rattlers in scoring with 24 points on 7-for-20 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the three-point line. Taneka Rubin would be the only other Lady Rattler in double figures, as she scored 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Tierra Prothro and Ann Marie Harris each grabbed five rebounds to lead the way for FAMU.
Debbie Smith paced the Lady Aggies with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. Ariel Bursey chipped in eight points, shooting 3-of-6 from the field and 1-of-2 from the three-point line. Eboni Ross pulled down a game high seven rebounds. The Aggies were not very protective of the ball, making 26 turnovers in the game, including two crucial ones down the stretch.
The back and forth game saw 11 ties and eight lead changes. The Lady Aggies went on a drought for the final 1:15 of the game, relinquishing the lead during that time.
FAMU Men 76, NC A&T 66
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 13) - The Florida A&M Men’s Basketball team won their fifth straight at home, remaining undefeated on their home court, with a 76-66 win over North Carolina A&T, here Monday at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (6-11, 2-2 MEAC) had three Rattlers finish the contest with 16 points each in Jamie Adams, Reggie Lewis, and Jomari Bradshaw. Trey Kellum pumped in 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Coach Clemon Johnson felt it was a total team effort and focus that has resulted in the wins. “First of all, I’m very happy that we won the game. Secondly, I’m happy we didn’t have to go down to the wire with it, although I coached as if we did. I’m happy for the young men I have playing under me and I’m just grateful that they’re listening and we’re winning. They understand that their hard work is paying off and we’ll do even better next time,” Johnson said.
N.C. A&T ( 4-12, 1-1 MEAC) was paced by Lamont Middleton with 20 points, Richaud Pack added 15, whereas Bruce Beckford finished the contest with a double-double with 12 points and 14rebounds.
In a back and forth first half, where the biggest lead enjoyed by either team was five points, Kellum gave the Rattlers the 19-14 lead with a putback with 6:42 to go in the first.
The Aggies would take the lead at 23-21 lead on a Middleton three pointer with 3:31 to go in the half as A&T would go into the break with a slim 29-27 lead.
FAMU finished the first half shooting 29.4 percent (10-of-34), while A&T shot 34.6 percent (9-of-26).
Bradshaw, felt the Rattlers just needed to remain methodical in order to withstand the Aggies. “It’s a matter of getting the job done, attacking the rim. We were able to step up. We want to work to keep our streak going,” he said. Lewis, was focused on steadying the ship when Adams got in early foul trouble. “I’m just staying confident in myself. When Jamie was out I knew I needed to keep managing the game until he came back. When he came back, he was managing the game and we were able to get open shots,” Lewis said.
In the second half, a pair of Middleton free throws would tie the contest at 50-50 with 11:29 left in the game.
FAMU would then use a 16-6 run to take a 66-56 lead, capped off by a pair of Adams free throws with 7:34. The Rattlers finished the contest shooting 41.3 percent (26-of-63), while the Aggies shot 31.5 percent (17-of-54).
FAMU will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 18 as they will travel to Orangeburg, S.C., to take on South Carolina State in another Mid-Eastern Athletic Contest in a 7:30 p.m.