Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The NCCU Eagles defense clamped down on Missouri, holding Tigers to 25 percent shooting for the game.
COLUMBIA, Missouri — North Carolina Central University came to Columbia "to win a basketball game," said head coach LeVelle Moton.
And it did.
In fact, the Eagles never trailed in the 62-52 win, which brought Missouri's brief winning streak to a screeching halt. The Tigers (3-3) were aiming for their third consecutive win, a feat accomplished just once in Kim Anderson's tenure as head coach. Instead came an uninspired effort from a team with a sour history against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference competition. Missouri fans might remember the team's shocking loss to 15th-seeded Norfolk State in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
"There's really no celebrating," Moton said.
NCCU (4-2) players and coaches were emotional after the school's chancellor, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, died from cancer just two days ago.
"She was the best chancellor on the planet and the best person on the planet," Moton said. "She was probably our biggest cheerleader."