JAGS TO HOST UPSTART NCCU ON SATURDAY
December 7, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IUPUI PRESS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS - Coming off Wednesday's road win at Bradley, the IUPUI basketball team will open a quick two-game homestand on Saturday (Dec. 7) when the Jaguars welcome North Carolina Central to The Jungle for a 2:00 p.m. tip. Saturday's game can be heard on the free iHeartRadio app or viewed online as part of the IUPUI LIVE! subscription service as Will Flemming (pxp) will be on the call from courtside.
IUPUI students are admitted for free with a valid JagTag and adult reserved seats are just $10 for all IUPUI home games.
IUPUI (2-7) got a much-needed 72-66 victory at Bradley on Wednesday, thanks to a combined 39 points from junior guards Ian Chiles and Khufu Najee. The 6-foot-4 Najee set the tone early, scoring the game's first seven points as the Jaguars led virtually the entire way in claiming their first road victory of the season. The Jaguars led by 10 in the final minute after a Chiles three-point play in transition and had to fend off the pesky Braves late. Chiles was electrifying in the second half, scoring 16 of his game-high 20 points in the final 20 minutes. Najee tallied 19 points and a career-high six assists whlie hitting 6-of-9 field goal attempts.
The Jaguars put forth one of their most stifling defensive efforts of the year, holding Bradley to just 31.3 percent shooting and a putrid 3-of-22 (13.6 percent) effort from three-point range. The Braves hung around thanks to a 48-34 rebounding advantage and a 22-5 margin in second chance points. The Jaguars held All-MVC guard Walt Lemon, Jr., to 13 points on 4-of-18 shooting and forced four turnovers from the BU point guard.
IUPUI got a solid contribution from senior forward Donovan Gibbs, who churned out 13 points and eight rebounds in his first game coming off the bench since his sophomore year. Freshman Justus Stanback, who earned his second start of the year, finished with six points and two rebounds and punctuated the win with a two-handed slam in the game's final minute. Sophomore point guard Marcellus Barksdale finished with seven points, nine boards, two assists and three steals in 34 minutes.
The Jaguars shot a season-high 53.8 percent from three-point range, with Gibbs drilling a career-high three triples.
NCCU (6-1) has early season wins on the road at NC State and Old Dominion and checks in with a top 40 RPI ranking. Three of the Eagles' six wins have come in overtime, including the Tuesday night win at ODU. Senior guard Jeremy Ingram leads NCCU in scoring at 24.1 points per game, including a 36-point effort in overtime against Appalachian State on Nov. 22. The Charlotte-native has attempted 87 free throws in the season's first seven games, including a pair of games with at least 20 attempts from the line.
Fellow senior guard Alfonzo Houston checks in at 12.1 points per game and 6-foot-8 junior Karamo Jawara is averaging 9.5 points and 6.3 boards a night. Jay Copeland and Jordan Parks lead NCCU in rebounding at 7.0 rpg each.
As a team, NCCU is shooting 47.7 percent from the floor while limiting foes to just 36.3 percent shooting.
Saturday's game will be the first-ever meeting between IUPUI and NCCU while the Jaguars are expected to return a game to Durham, N.C., next season.