North Carolina Central recorded their seventh straight win, handing South Carolina State a 71-64 loss at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on Thursday night. They went into halftime with a 33-23 lead and were able to hold off the Bulldogs for the final 20 minutes.
Brendan Medley-Bacon led the way for North Carolina Central, putting up 16 points to go along with seven boards. As a team, the Eagles shot 36% from the field, 25% from behind the arc, and 85% from the free throw line. The advanced stats told a similar story, as the team put up 0.97 points per possession on 48% true shooting.
Lesown Hallums recorded 13 points and six rebounds to lead the way for South Carolina State. The Bulldogs went 21-of-59 from the field in this one, including 4-of-18 from the three-point line. Their shooting was part of larger offensive struggles that contributed to the loss. South Carolina State only mustered 0.88 points per possession on 45% true shooting.
North Carolina Central showed once again that they are a dangerous team. Winning its last game of the season is all they could’ve asked for. They’ll head into the offseason on a good note. On the other side, South Carolina State fell to 5-25 with the loss. The team will have to wait until next year for redemption, as this was its final game of the season.
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