Tuesday, November 29, 2016

North Carolina Central Men's Basketball Shocks Mizzou 62-52

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."


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