Senior guard Jeremy Ingram scored a game-high 25 points and had five steals to lead top-ranked NC Central to a ,86-44,victory over South Carolina State Saturday at McDougald-McClendon Gym.
The Bulldogs fall to 9-18 overall, 5-9 in the MEAC, while the Eagles improve to 23-5 overall, 13-1 in the league to extend their winning streak to 15 while earning at least a share of the MEAC regular season title with two games to play.
"We had a game plan, we watched film practice, etc., but if you are not able to carry out the overall preparation and apply it to the game there is not much else you can do," said SC State head coach Murray Garvin. "Give NC Central credit they are an excellent basketball team with great leadership."
"We must keep in mind, whether you lose by 1 point or 30 points its still just one loss," said Garvin.
Leading 40-24 at the break, North Carolina Central opened the second half with a 19-1 run before SC State hit its first field goal of the half to make it 59-27 with 12:51 to play.
Ingram was 6 of 10 from the field, including five 3-pointers, to move to 10th all-time in school history in scoring with 1,388 career points. Junior guard Jordan Parks added 21 points and senior guard Emmanuel Chapman dished out nine assists in the victory.
Sophomore guard Jordan Smith tossed in a team-high 13 points and forward Darryl Palmer grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs, which scored its fewest points of the season
Turnovers seemed costly for SC State down the stretch committing a game-high 18 while, shooting a dismal 28.3 percent from the field going 15-for-53, including 2-for-16 from beyond-the-arc.
Garvin stated, "We regroup and get ready for NC A&T on Monday. We can and will play better to finish the season strong in the final two games."
Next up for the Bulldogs, the Aggies of N.C. A&T on Monday (March 3), before closing out the regular season at Savannah State on Thursday (March 6). The 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament will be held March 10-15 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA. For more information you can log on to www.meacsports.com.