|North Carolina Central coach Levelle Moton consoles two of his players in the closing moments of a loss to Iowa State. (NCAA photo)|
North Carolina Central saw its dream season come to an end on Friday evening with a 93-75 loss to Iowa State. The Eagles stayed close in the first half, but couldn’t overcome the hot-shooting Cyclones.
Jeremy Ingram scored a game-high 28 points for NCCU in the loss, which ended NCCU’s 20-game winning streak as well as it’s season.
NCCU held a brief lead early on and the game was tied at 30 late in the first half before ISU went on a 15-9 run to close the half. Things only got worse for NCCU after that, as ISU shot a sizzling 64 percent for the period.
NCCU finishes the season with a 28-6 record. Highlights of the season include a win over North Carolina State, a 15-1 MEAC mark and the school’s first conference championship since 1950. They even won a few fans along the way.
The Eagles played solid, smart basketball all season, took care of business in the conference tournament and played solidly for the most part against an outstanding basketball team. Not many teams in the country can beat the Cyclones when they shoot over 60 percent from the field.
Though the season is over, it will be one that folks in Durham talk about for years to come.