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College basketball: A&T at MEAC Tournament

News & Record, Greensboro, N.C. — Jeff Mills News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.

March 14-- Mar. 14--N.C. A&T vs. N.C. Central or Delaware State

Semifinals: No. 2 N.C. A&T (19-12) vs. No. 3 N.C. Central (15-15)-No. 11 Delaware State (6-24) winner.

When: 8 p.m. Friday at Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.

Last game: Ron Jackson, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, scored five of his game-high 21 points in overtime as the Aggies held off seventh-seeded Coppin State's upset bid in the quarterfinals, winning 82-79 Wednesday night. Jackson's basket with 17 seconds left in OT broke a 78-78 tie, and Aggies guard sank two free throws with 8 seconds left to seal it.

Notable: The Aggies have played their best basketball at the end of the season, winning nine of their last 10 games. ... Point guard Kam Langley, a sophomore from Southwest Guilford, had 10 points and 12 assists in the quarterfinals (after matching his career-high with 17 points in the regular-season finale against Central). Langley is averaging just 6.8 points per game this season, but he's the key to the offense with an average of 6.39 assists per game to rank 13th in the nation. ... Combo guard Qua Copeland broke out of a shooting slump late in the season, and he has scored 14, 12 and points in the last three games. He averages 9.2 points to lead the balanced Aggies offense. ... Terry Harris also broke out of a miserable slump with 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the quarterfinals. ... A&T lost in the semifinals last year. If they win Friday, they'll match last season's 20 victories.

Women: Defending champ and top-seeded A&T (20-10) plays No. 4 Norfolk State (16-14) in a semifinal game at noon Friday in Norfolk's Scope Arena. ... A&T finished undefeated in the MEAC and won their first outright regular-season title in nine years. ... Jasmen Walton came off the bench and scored 19 points and made five steals in A&T's 79-49 quarterfinal victory over Central on Wednesday. ... Aggies guard C'Coreia Foy has averaged 14.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in league play, while Cinia McCray averages 14.1 points. ... La'Deja James has 18 points in Norfolk's quarterfinal win over Howard, and she averages 12.8 points to lead the Spartans.

Contact Jeff Mills at (336) 373-7024, and follow @JeffMillsNR on Twitter.

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