GREENSBORO (February 19, 2018) – The North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team did something the program has not done in 30 years. They finished undefeated at Corbett Sports Center. They put the final touches on a perfect home season with a 78-69 win over Maryland Eastern Shore Monday night in the Aggies home finale.
N.C. A&T’s last undefeated season at home occurred during the 1987-88 season when they finished 11-0 at Corbett. During the 2017-18 season, the Aggies finished 12-0 at home as they won their 13th straight at Corbett.
What makes the 2017-18 Aggies different is how far they have come compared to the 1987-88 team. The 87-88 team were coming off an undefeated season at home during the 1986-87 season. Meanwhile, the 17-18 team recovered from a previous season where they were 3-10 at home.
“I think it is a huge accomplishment for these young men to finish undefeated at home,” said N.C. A&T coach Jay Joyner who has seen his team play in a party environment at home this season dubbed #ClubCorbett. “Not many teams are able to do that over an entire season. Basketball is a long season, so you figure at some point someone is going to have your number in your gym. So, it’s one of those situations where you’re proud but you keep plugging away.”
Not only did the Aggies (17-11, 10-3 MEAC) complete an undefeated season at home but they also moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with Savannah State and Bethune-Cookman. They are also guaranteed a winning season for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
It is the first time the Aggies have clinched a winning season in the regular season since the 1991-92 season. The Aggies finished that season 18-9. The 1991-92 season also marks the last time the Aggies won the MEAC regular-season title. The Aggies have double-figure wins in the conference for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
In his final game at Corbett, fifth-year forward Denzel Keyes had 21 points and nine rebounds on 9-for-14 shooting. Keyes has scored 20 or more points in three times in his last seven games and two of his last three.
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