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Florida A&M basketball sweeps home series against North Carolina Central

Posted at 11:32 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 23:32:23-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - ( — Florida A&M earned its second consecutive victory and 11th home victory in a row with a 60-47 triumph over North Carolina Central on Tuesday night.

The Rattlers followed a solid defensive performance in Monday night's win, over the Eagles, with another stellar outing on Tuesday. FAMU held NCCU's high scoring offense to just 47 points on 54 shots. The Eagles shot 33.3 percent from the field.

When FAMU wasn't hounding NCCU on defense, they were hitting timely shots and turning Eagle turnovers into points. The Rattlers scored 16 points off turnovers, compared to nine for Central.

Preseason All-MEAC selection, MJ Randolph, led the Rattler effort tonight scoring 14 points while snagging six rebounds and dishing out three assists.

In the first half, NCCU built a 27-20 lead with 2:07 left to play in the first half. The Rattlers, however, ended the half on a 6-0 run to trail 27-26 at the break.

The Eagles led at halftime despite shooting only 28.6 percent from the floor.

In the second half, the Rattlers cranked up the pressure

Up 46-42 with 7:38 left to play, FAMU seized total control of the game with a 10-0 run highlighted by a pair of three-pointers from Johnny Brown to put the Rattlers up 56-42 with 4:33 left.

The Rattlers kept the Eagles at bay for the remainder of the night to claim the 13-point victory.

For the contest, FAMU hit 48.9 percent of its shots (23-of-47), including 4-of-17 from long distance. The Rattlers also converted 71.4 percent of its free-throw attempts (10-of-14), FAMU's highest conversion percentage since Dec. 9 against Oregon.

The 47 points that Florida A&M surrendered against NCCU was the least amount of points the Rattlers have given up since defeating Delaware State 60-47 on Jan. 21, 2019

Florida A&M gears up for its final home series against North Carolina A&T on Feb. 20 and 21. Tip-off for both contests is set for 2 p.m.