Aggies lose fourth game in a row after home loss to Radford
RADFORD STATISTICAL LEADERS: F Rashun (15 pts, 5 rebs, 6 for 13 FG); G Josiah Jeffers (12 pts, 4 assists, 3 stls); F Chryee Walker (9 pts, 13 rebs (4 offensive), 4 for 6 FG).
WHY A&T DIDN’T GET THE W: Longwood consequences. Things haven’t gone well for the Aggies since beating then Big South leader Longwood at the Corbett Sports Center on Feb. 12. Longwood entered the game undefeated in the conference before the Aggies’ big win. However, four days later, the Aggies gave up 93 points on 11 shooting on 16 3-pointers in a 93-82 loss at Hampton. They then suffered the controversial 64-63 loss to head coach Campbell A&T Will Jones said the loss cost his team more than he expected, as evidenced by back-to-back less than stellar home performances against High Point University on Wednesday and Radford on Saturday.
WHY RADFORD GOT THE W: Bounce. Neither team shot the ball well, but the Highlanders had a 47-34 rebounding advantage and an 18-11 offensive rebounding advantage. There were times when the Highlanders had three or four chances on offensive possession because of their work on the glass. This led to the Highlanders beating the Aggies 18-10 in second chance points.
CRUCIAL: Aggies Junior Forward Jeremy Robinson came off the bench, received a pass from Demetric Horton and scored a key top three to bring the Aggies within three, 43-40, with 11:43 remaining in the game. A&T’s next points didn’t come until 6:58 to play. Radford’s lead had grown to 53-42 by then. The Aggies never came within seven the rest of the way.
GREENSBORO EAST — When historians complete the story of the glorious past of North Carolina’s A&T men’s basketball program, fifth-year guard Kameron Langley will probably have a page about him.
Hence, the end of an era happened Saturday night at the Corbett Sports Center in the Aggies’ 63-52 loss to the Radford Highlanders. On Saturday, the Aggies honored five players playing their final game at #ClubCorbett, including Langley.
Langley will leave A&T not only as the men’s basketball program all-time leader in assists and steals, but he is also the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) all-time assists leader. ). His 893 career assists make him the NCAA leader among active players.
Going into the Big South Conference championship basketball tournament, Langley ranks 15th on the NCAA’s all-time list. Langley also has 273 career interceptions, which ranks him 93rd all-time.
“He’s had an amazing career here,” the A&T coach said Will Jones. “He helped bring this program out of the ashes to be competitive at a championship level, so it was a special moment for him as a great player here.”
The Aggies were 3-29 the season before Langley arrived. After his arrival, A&T finished above .500 for four straight seasons, including a 20-win season and a 19-win season. The Aggies have finished in the top two in the conference since he arrived, and a season ago he helped the Aggies win the MEAC South Division.
Therefore, Jones would have liked to see Langley win his last match at Corbett. But the Aggies were never able to secure the lead on Saturday.
The Aggies will have a chance for redemption against Radford as they face the Highlanders in the first round of the Big South Tournament at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte.
The Aggies are the eighth seed and Radford is the ninth seed. If A&T wins, they’ll get top seed Longwood on Friday at noon.
On Saturday, Langley took the Aggies to within four as he headed for the basket, scored, and was fouled on the play. Langley converted the play from 3-point range to cut Radford’s lead to 41-37. with 13:14 remaining in the game.
Two free throws from Rashun Williams gave the Highlanders a six lead before a Jeremy Robinson 3 points cut the lead in half. The Highlanders then put up a 10-0 run to take a 53-40 lead with seven minutes remaining.
Radford led in double digits over the next 3 1/2 minutes before A&T made one final run. Langley drove and served at Webster Filmorewho played his last game at Corbett, for an easy lay-up ahead of Radford at 57-48 with 3:23 to go.
Thirty seconds later Marcus Watson found Filmore below for another easy two. It looked like Filmore would have another easy bucket to cut the Highlanders’ lead to five, but the shot ended with two minutes remaining.
The Aggies never got closer the rest of the way.
“It was another tough loss for the guys on Senior Night,” Jones said. “It’s the second game in a row where I felt our energy wasn’t there. We’re not playing inspired basketball right now. We’re not playing like we were playing when we were playing a good ball.”
We definitely have one game left. It’s a new season. Everyone has a chance to win in March. A lot of it starts in the locker room when guys start to believe it and go out and do their best. »
Langley and the Aggies hope to have better luck in a conference tournament this season. They won a MEAC Tournament quarter-final two years ago before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world. Last season, a false positive test on a staff member kept the Aggies out of the MEAC Tournament.
QUOTE: “Hopefully tomorrow I can get in there and come up with another plan to try to motivate them, bring them together and make them believe that we can win a game on Wednesday. If you win a game on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday can take care of himself because now you go out feeling good about yourself.”