The Rattlers lost their third consecutive basketball game Saturday, falling to the North Carolina Central University Eagles 51-43.
Junior guard Jeremy Ingram led the Eagles (16-7, 9-0 MEAC) with 18 points and seven rebounds. Stanton Kidd, a junior forward, added 15 points and five rebounds for NCCU en route to its tenth consecutive win, dating back to Jan. 2.
The Rattlers (6-17, 3-6 MEAC) trailed 23-18 at halftime, but a deep 3-pointer from Jamari Bradshaw with 9:33 remaining in the game gave FAMU a 31-30 lead, which would be the Rattlers’ last of the night.
Bradshaw, a junior forward from Louisville, Ky., would finish the night with 11 points and six rebounds.
After an NCCU dunk to take a 38-36 with six minutes to go, the Eagles never looked back. They led by as much as 12 the rest of the way.
The Rattlers’ starting lineup scored a combined 27 points. Muhammad Abdul-Aleem, a junior guard from Atlanta, scored a team-high 13 points in 22 minutes off the bench.
The Rattlers will have a chance to rebound when they take on North Carolina A&T on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C.