Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cole Leads NCCU Eagles Over Jackson State with Triple-Double

DURHAM, North Carolina  -- North Carolina Central University redshirt senior guard Patrick Cole (Newark, N.J.) accomplished a feat that no Eagle has done in the Division-I era as he posted a triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 84-75 win over Jackson State University on Friday, Nov. 18 inside McDougald-McLendon Arena.
Cole was backed up by senior guard Dajuan Graf (Charlotte, N.C.) who collected his first career double-double at NCCU (2-2) with 15 points and 11 assists, making him and Cole the first Eagles to record double-digit assists in a single game since the 2014-15 season.

Not to be outdone, Rashaun Madison (Norfolk, Va.) splashed eight three-pointers in 10 attempts for a career-high and game-high 24 points, and tied the mark for the third-most treys made in a contest with Anthony McDonald (Dec. 2, 2014 vs. Johnson & Wales) and men's basketball head coach LeVelle Moton (Feb. 18, 1995, vs. Virginia Union).
NCCU led wire-to-wire over JSU (1-2) and led by as many as 13 in the first half.  The Eagles shot nearly 60 percent from the floor (28-47), over 50 percent from the arc (10-18) and about 67 percent from the free throw line (18-27).  The Eagles also assisted 23 times on 28 made field goals.
Will Ransom (Fort Worth, Texas) chipped in 11 points as a starter, and Pablo Rivas (Phoenix, Ariz.) contributed in a big way from the bench with 15 points over 29 minutes.
After playing four games in the course of six days the Eagles will take a breather before heading back on the road to Northern Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 26.



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