Written by Marvyn Joseph - FAMU Sports Information Intern
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 12) The Florida A&M Men's Basketball team suffered their first home Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference loss today against North Carolina Central University, 85-62 here Saturday at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (4-12, 1-1 MEAC) had five Rattlers to score in double figures as Jamari Bradshaw, Trey Kellum, and Reggie Lewis all had 12 points, while both Jamie Adams and Muhammad Abdul-Aleem added 10 points. Abdul-Aleem led the team in rebounding with eight and Lewis dished out five assists.
NCCU (9-7, 2-0 MEAC) had three Eagles score in double figures as Jeremy Ingram led the way with 26 points. Stanton Kidd followed with 21 points and Ray Willis added 12. Jay Copeland led the team in rebounding with eight, while Ingram had three steals.
FAMU led once in the game by two with 19:45 to go in the first.
The Eagles pulled away and held a huge lead, 23-11, as Chapman scored a three pointer with 9:45 to go in the first. FAMU would later close the gap heading into halftime down by 11.
NCCU opened the second half with a bang as they extended their lead to 30 with 8:08 left in the game.
The Rattlers shot 50-percent (13-of-26) from the field in the first half and 31-percent (9-of-29) from the field in the second half. The Eagles shot 53.6-percent (15-of-28) from the field in the first half and 60.7-percent (17-of-28) from the field in the second.
Coach Clemon Johnson highlighted their defense and poor shooting as their down fall, but credits the Eagles' overall game. "They shot the ball very well. Yes our defense was poor, but everything they shot was going through the hole... I've never seen a team that took care of every miscue we had defensively -- they took advantage of it," said Johnson.
Junior point guard Jamie Adams spent most of his time on the bench due to foul trouble and Johnson said his presence not being on the court played a vital role to the loss. "He's the point guard, like a quarterback, he's the leader out on the floor... with him out it made a very big difference. We had shooting guards bringing up the ball when in fact they should be receiving the ball to shoot," said Johnson.
Adams said this loss is a sign of urgency to turn things around as quickly as possible, especially with MEAC conference games left on the schedule. "I feel like right now, as a team, we need to break our identity. We come out real sluggish every single game... the games we come out pumped on offense and defense, we've won. We're killing ourselves --- it's MEAC time and we need to pick it up," said Adams.
The Rattlers return to action on Mon., Jan.14 as they face the North Carolina A&T Aggies in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. The game will be broadcast live on Rattler Vision.