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Douglas, big run push NC Central past Norfolk State, 50-47

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) North Carolina Central got no style points in winning its third consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship. Coach LeVelle Moton figured in advance that that might be the case: In a regular season meeting, Norfolk State beat the Eagles in overtime.

''Typical championship game,'' Moton said after his team's 50-47 victory against top-seeded Norfolk State on Saturday. ''We knew we were going to be in for a dogfight. ... This is what we do it for, man.''

Zacarry Douglas scored all 10 of his points during a 25-6 second-half run and the third-seeded Eagles (18-15) held on, earning their fourth MEAC title in six years and another trip to the NCAA Tournament despite missing nine of their last 10 shots and not scoring for the final 4:03.

''Defense wins games anyway,'' center Raasean Davis said. ''As long as we were locked in on the defensive end and limited them to one shot, that was one of our man focuses.''

Mastadi Pitt scored 14 points and C.J. Kelly 13 for Norfolk State (21-13). The Spartans had a last chance to tie, but after taking a timeout with 8.8 seconds left, they had to settle for a heavily contested desperation heave by Pitt at the buzzer.

''We wanted to win it and we've got another game, but it's rough right now,'' Pitt said. As regular season champions, Norfolk State will advance to the NIT.

The Spartans closed the first half on a 20-8 run and led 32-22 at the break. It was 34-22 after Alex Long's jumper to open second-half scoring, but Jordan Perkins' 3-pointer started the 25-6 spurt. Perkins had seven points in the run that gave the Eagles a 47-38 lead with 8:18 to play.

The Spartans were 4 for 22 from the field in the second half.

''We shot 18 percent from the field and that's not going to win too many games,'' Norfolk State coach Robert Jones said.

The Spartans trailed 50-42 after Jibri Blount's basket for the Eagles with 4:03 left, but got only a driving basket by Steven Whitley and three free throws by Jordan Butler the rest of the way as they missed seven of their last eight shots.

''Even though we weren't scoring, we stopped them from scoring, so that helped us a lot,'' Davis said.

MAKING HISTORY

The Eagles became the first MEAC team to win three straight tournament titles since North Carolina A&T won seven straight from 1982-88. They will be seeking their first victory in the NCAA Tournament.

''If we get this win, we know it's going to be a dogfight,'' Douglas said.

BIG PICTURE

N.C. Central: The Eagles turned over the ball 17 times, but it led to just 13 points for Norfolk State. The Eagles also won the rebounding battle 41-29 with Davis grabbing 14 and Douglas 12.

Norfolk State: Scoring leader Nic Thomas (14.9 points per game) was scoreless, missing all five of his shots from the field. Derrik Jamerson, the No. 2 scorer (10.6), also was scoreless and did not take a shot. A 51 percent 3-point shooter (86-166), Jamerson played only 11 minutes because of a foot injury aggravated in the semifinals on Friday night, Jones said.

UP NEXT

N.C. Central: will await its NCAA Tournament destination.

Norfolk State: will play in the NIT as league regular-season champions.

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Key Players
R. Davis
32 C
S. Whitley
34 G
25.0 Min. Per Game 25.0
9.6 Pts. Per Game 9.6
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
65.2 Field Goal % 40.8
Three Point % 25.0
69.5 Free Throw % 56.4
  Defensive rebound by North Carolina Central 1.0
  Mastadi Pitt missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Butler 13.0
  Randy Miller, Jr. missed jump shot 15.0
  Bad pass turnover on Steven Whitley, stolen by Jordan Perkins 44.0
  Defensive rebound by Steven Whitley 50.0
  Raasean Davis missed layup, blocked by Jordan Butler 52.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Steven Whitley 1:16
  Offensive rebound by Steven Whitley 1:18
  Steven Whitley missed layup 1:20
  Defensive rebound by Steven Whitley 1:27
Team Stats
Points 50 47
Field Goals 18-50 (36.0%) 16-47 (34.0%)
3-Pointers 3-21 (14.3%) 4-12 (33.3%)
Free Throws 11-16 (68.8%) 11-15 (73.3%)
Total Rebounds 41 29
Offensive 10 4
Defensive 27 20
Team 4 5
Assists 11 8
Steals 5 7
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 15 14
Fouls 16 14
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 12 REB
14 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo NC Central 18-15 222850
home team logo Norfolk St. 21-13 321547
Team Stats
away team logo NC Central 18-15 71.4 PPG 40.6 RPG 15.5 APG
home team logo Norfolk St. 21-13 73.7 PPG 40.3 RPG 12.7 APG
Key Players
1
Z. Douglas F 8.9 PPG 7.8 RPG 1.3 APG 43.2 FG%
0
M. Pitt G 9.8 PPG 2.3 RPG 2.7 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
Z. Douglas F 10 PTS 12 REB 0 AST
M. Pitt G 14 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
36.0 FG% 34.0
14.3 3PT FG% 33.3
68.8 FT% 73.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Douglas 10 12 0 3/7 1/3 3/5 4 27 1 0 0 2 10
J. Perkins 9 1 1 4/5 1/1 0/0 2 21 2 0 2 0 1
R. Davis 8 14 2 3/8 0/0 2/2 2 34 1 2 6 5 9
L. McKnight Jr. 7 2 1 2/3 0/1 3/3 4 14 0 0 3 0 2
R. Miller, Jr. 2 4 1 0/7 0/3 2/4 2 37 0 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Douglas 10 12 0 3/7 1/3 3/5 4 27 1 0 0 2 10
J. Perkins 9 1 1 4/5 1/1 0/0 2 21 2 0 2 0 1
R. Davis 8 14 2 3/8 0/0 2/2 2 34 1 2 6 5 9
L. McKnight Jr. 7 2 1 2/3 0/1 3/3 4 14 0 0 3 0 2
R. Miller, Jr. 2 4 1 0/7 0/3 2/4 2 37 0 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Blount 9 3 0 4/7 0/3 1/2 0 19 1 0 1 1 2
J. Walters 5 1 3 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 19 0 0 0 1 0
R. Gardner Jr. 0 0 3 0/6 0/5 0/0 2 22 0 0 1 0 0
N. Fennell 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 1 0 0
R. London - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Taylor Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Guerra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 50 37 11 18/50 3/21 11/16 16 200 5 2 15 10 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Pitt 14 1 2 6/11 2/4 0/0 1 34 1 0 1 0 1
A. Long 7 2 0 3/8 0/0 1/2 0 31 0 0 2 0 2
J. Butler 3 6 0 0/5 0/0 3/4 2 25 0 3 2 2 4
N. Thomas 0 2 0 0/5 0/2 0/0 4 26 0 0 1 0 2
D. Jamerson Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 11 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Pitt 14 1 2 6/11 2/4 0/0 1 34 1 0 1 0 1
A. Long 7 2 0 3/8 0/0 1/2 0 31 0 0 2 0 2
J. Butler 3 6 0 0/5 0/0 3/4 2 25 0 3 2 2 4
N. Thomas 0 2 0 0/5 0/2 0/0 4 26 0 0 1 0 2
D. Jamerson Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 11 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Kelly 13 4 2 4/5 1/2 4/4 2 27 1 0 4 0 4
S. Whitley 8 9 2 2/10 1/3 3/5 2 36 5 1 3 2 7
K. Chavis 2 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
A. Branch 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
O. Momah - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bishop - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bryant Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Fitzgerald - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 47 24 8 16/47 4/12 11/15 14 200 7 4 14 4 20