For the fifth time in the last seven games, North Carolina Central held its opponent to less than 50 points, while four NCCU men’s basketball starters scored double figures as the Eagles cruised to a 62-49 road victory over Savannah State on Monday night inside Tiger Arena.
Senior point guard Nimrod Hilliard led the way for NCCU (23-6, 15-0 MEAC) with 15 points and six assists. Anthony McDonald added to his MEAC-best three-point field goal totals with four more on Monday for 12 points. Dante Holmes collected 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Jordan Parks added 10 points and eight boards.
With three post players in foul trouble, Enoch Hood sparked the Eagles off the bench with six points, three rebounds and two blocked shots, while Jeremiah Ingram contributed five points and five boards.
Although NCCU committed an uncharacteristic 14 turnovers that resulted in 20 points for the Tigers, the Eagles tickled the twine to the tune of 52.5 percent shooting from the field, including a 5-for-10 success rate from long distance.
On the other side of the floor, NCCU’s defense continued to be special, holding Savannah State to just 34.0 percent shooting from the field, including 23.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Savannah State (9-20, 5-10 MEAC) was topped by Alante Fenner with 11 points and four steals.
The victory extends NCCU’s conference win streak to 34 games, which is the longest in the country. Since the start of the 2012-13 season, the Eagles are 49-3 against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.