Thursday, December 8, 2016

NCCU Eagles Soar past LIU Brooklyn

DURHAM, North Carolina -- North Carolina Central University seniors Patrick Cole (Newark, N.J.) and Del'vin Dickerson (Houston, Texas) combined for career-high games as the Eagles picked up a decisive victory over LIU Brooklyn, 79-56 on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at McDougald-McLendon Arena.

Cole served out a career-high 13 assists, which is good for the fifth-most in a single game, and bested his previous mark of 11 that he set against Jackson State during his triple-double. Dickerson picked up a career-high 23 points, and shot 11-for-17 from the field, becoming the third Eagle to score over 20 points in a game.

Cole also had 18 points for his fourth double-double of the season with five rebounds.

NCCU (6-3) was tied twice with LIU (6-3), but the Eagles never conceded the lead and held an advantage for 38 minutes of the 40. The Eagles took a 15-point lead to the break at 39-24, and later expanded the lead to as many as 25 in the late stages at 75-50.

NCCU made over 50 percent of its shots for the fourth time this season, shooting 56.1 percent, and the Eagles held LIU to just 33.3 percent shooting while allowing just one made three-pointer.

Dajuan Graf (Charlotte, N.C.) was the third Eagle to score in double figures with 14 points and three assists, and Pablo Rivas continued his efficient shooting with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting with seven rebounds. Will Ransom (Fort Worth, Texas) protected the paint once again with a game-high three blocks.

LIU was led by Iverson Fleming (North Brunswick, N.J.) who put up a team-high 16 points, and Jerome Frink (Jersey City, N.J.) was close to a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Eagles return to the road to start a three-game trip on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Coastal Carolina University.



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