Florida A&M head coach Clemon Johnson said he was proud of the way his team played and felt this win built his team’s confidence.
“It was a win that we needed,” Johnson said. “This was a game where we got the opportunity to run through some plays and feel a little more relaxed about shooting the basketball.”
EWC scored first, but the Tigers’ momentum quickly escaped them. That opening bucket would be their only and largest lead of the game.
Senior Rattlers guard Reggie Lewis immediately answered the call with back-to-back 3-pointers.
FAMU set the tone early and led by as many as 28 points in the first half.
“We wanted to separate ourselves from the beginning,” Lewis said. “We didn’t want to give them any confidence going down the stretch.”
Lewis finished the first half with 15 points. He and senior forward Jomari Bradshaw were perfect in the first half from beyond the arc, combining for five 3-point field goals.
The Rattlers continued their dominance as they led by as many as 42 points in the second half.
They shot 50 percent from the 3-point line and 54 percent from the field. Lewis tied with EWC senior guard Antonio Valiente with a game-high 25 points.
Rattlers senior guard Jamie Adams recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 assists.
Adams said he felt the team’s momentum was the most important thing leading up to the conference tournament.
“We could possibly go into the tournament on six-game winning streak,” Adams said. “If we do that, I really like our chances of winning the whole thing.”
The Rattlers only have one more game at home before the MEAC Tournament in Norfolk, Va. Their next game is on the road in Baltimore against Morgan State on Monday at 8 p.m.