Rattlers continue streak with big win over N.C. Central

Senior guard Justin Ravenel hitting one of his many 3-pointers against NCCU Feb. 4.
Photo Submitted by Ahmon Lott.

The Rattler men’s basketball team seems to be hitting their stride at the right time. After defeating North Carolina Central 73-57 on Monday, the team has now won five straight games, improving their conference record to 7-2.

“I couldn't be more proud of our team,” said head coach Robert McCullum. “Their effort and fight was tremendous, and as always it begins and ends with our play on defense.”

The Rattlers defensive attack was in full swing Monday night, smothering NCCU and holding them to an  abysmal 31 percent from the field while only giving up one three pointer the entire game.

FAMU’s offense followed suit, led by the dynamic backcourt duo of senior Justin Ravenel and sophomore Kameron Reaves. The game was broadcasted on ESPNU, and it seemed like FAMU’s guards were thriving in the spotlight.

“We were just really excited just hearing ESPN was going to come in itself,” said Ravenel. “ESPN is, you know, ESPN, so we knew people were going to come. The team was definitely getting prepared mentally for the game, I think that was the most important thing.”

“They were just in a different zone tonight, they were making shots and played with a lot of confidence. They just made plays to win,” McCullum added.

Ravenel continued his hot streak, scoring 21 in the first half and igniting the Rattlers to an early lead. The 3-point marksman Shot 4 of 5 from deep in the first half and would finish the game leading all scorers with 25 points.

Reaves also chipped in, exploding for a career high of 23 points while shooting 8 of 14 from the field. Reaves pushed the tempo of the game while creating his own shot by penetrating the lane and utilizing his mid range jumper.

Senior center Isaiah Martin patrolled the paint for the Rattlers, scoring eight points while grabbing eight rebounds and four blocks. The team will need his interior dominance to keep up the streak according to McCollum.

FAMU now sits at number two in the MEAC conference standings and have an opportunity with their upcoming games to gain control of their own destiny in hopes of capturing a regular season conference title.

The team will be back in the AL Lawson this weekend when they take on the Howard Bison on Saturday at 4 pm.