February 9th, 2008
NC A&T (5-12, 3-6 MEAC) at Florida A&M (11-7, 6-2 MEAC)
Florida A&M is rated 68 OVR, equal with us. Their offense is worse than ours but defense and rebounding are much better.
After 5 straight home games we're going to have some road stretches coming up, it'll be key to see if we can pull off some road wins to stay out of the MEAC cellar.
Team Unity up to 40 now, A&M's is up to 41. Their SG, Leslie Robinson, is a major scoring threat with great shooting ratings, including 91 from 3. He's averaging 22 ppg and our main goal is to slow him down.
12:00 1st - We trail 13-8 as our subs come in, which is fine by me as we were down 8-0 and then 11-3 early.
5:00 1st - Falling apart early here, its 34-18 as we call a timeout and get our starters back on the court. Robinson has 11 for Florida A&M already, 3 3's.
Really its the perfect ending to the half... trailing by 16, Florida A&M can hold til the last shot, Robinson takes a 3, Rush fouls him, and the 3 is good. 4 point play and we trail by 20.
There's 3 problems with this half:
1) Their star, Robinson has 17 points.
2) They have a 24-15 rebounding edge, including 10 second chance points.
3) Rush is 2-7 for me.
16:00 2nd - We've gotten the ball inside for some easy baskets, and have gotten a couple fast break layups, the lead is down to 14.
9:30 2nd - Another little run and the score is 58-48 Florida A&M. I dunno if we can win this but we're busting our asses to get back in it.
8:30 2nd - So much for that. 3 point play opportunity for A&M, they miss the FT though, get an offensive board, and get another 3 point play opportunity that they convert. Another basket and its now 67-50 A&M.
We made that run early in the 2nd half to try to get back in it but got shut down to end the game.
Florida A&M 85
NC A&T 67
Rush was 5-17 on the day, Ewing 4-12. We're not going to win many games with our best shooters doing that.