Aggies Finally Get In The Win Column

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: January 19, 2006

GREENSBORO, NC– The NC A&T Aggies finally got in the win column after a hard fought game and 2 free throws by Jason Wills, the Aggies squeak by Bethune-Cookman 69-67 at the Corbett Sports Center in Greensboro and ending a 13 game losing streak to begin the season.

In a game seen on ESPN 2 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day and with legendary coaches Cal Irvin and Don Corbett were honored before the game by having the court named after the game the Aggies showed that “AGGIE-PRIDE” that in playing the kind of hard-nose tough basketball that is usually connected with the school’s rich winning tradition.

The Aggies had lost 10 straight but the games have all been close losses in conference play as they lost their last 4 conference games by a total of only 10 points.

It was a tough battle throughout the game but luckily the Aggies had Jason Wills there to lead the team to victory. Wills led the Aggies with 20 points, in his second consecutive 20-plus point outing. Michael Hayes added 16 points on 5-for-12 shooting from 3-point range.

With less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, Jason Wills drove to the basket and was fouled by the reigning MEAC player of the week Wildcats’ Michael Williams II.

Wills stepped to the line at hit one of two free throws to give N.C. A&T a 66-65 lead. Kory Crumbley answered for the Wildcats as he followed an Antonio Webb miss to give the Wildcats a 67-66 lead with 1:20 to play.

Greg Roberts would tie the game for the fourth time in the last four minutes by hitting one of two free throws to tie the game at 67. After a Wildcats miss, it was again Jason Wills made yet another drive to the basket that drew a foul. Wills stepped to the line and knocked down two free throws to give N.C. A&T a 69-67 lead.

After Webb dribbled the ball over halfcourt, the Wildcats had 4.4 seconds to score. Webb them came off the screen, found himself in a one-on-one matchup with Leslie Powell. He took Powell off the dribble and pulled up for a three that came up short to the pleasure of Aggie fans who stormed the court in jubulation for their first win of the season.

With the win, the Aggies run their record to 1-13(1-3 in the Meac).

The Aggies are back on the hard court Saturday, Jan 21st at they face Coppin State in MEAC action at the Corbett Sports Center at 4 p.m.