After a fun first half with a blowout in the second, the Toledo Rockets (8-4) picked up their fourth home win of the year after taking care of business against the North Carolina A&T Aggies (5-9).
The Rockets got off to a hot start, shooting 5-for-5 from the floor as Jonathan Williams hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the game. Shooting very well, they'd continue to roll to 23 points before NCAT even reached double-digits.
But Aggies guard Sam Hunt stayed persistent and efficient to match the long-range shots, a quick 11 points (3-for-4 in 3-pointers) would help trim the Rockets' lead from 14 to five.
It started to be back-and-forth game with the Aggies closing the gap, Toledo draining more shots to extend the lead, then NCAT battling back again, but the Rockets' ball movement gave them the 45-34 lead at the half with 13 assists, shooting 56.7 percent from the field. UT also closed the half by going on a 6-0 run while NCAT was starting to struggle making only one of their final eight shots.
To be frank, that's about as good as it ever got for NCAT. Bruce Beckford and Hunt would both have 11 points in the first half, but then had nine and zero in the second. As a team, they shot close to 40 percent to start, but dipped to under 30 in the second. After putting up 45 in the first half, the Rockets outscored NCAT 50-28 in the second which is, from what I've been told, a good way to win a basketball game.
Everybody who dressed for Toledo got to play; nobody saw the floor for 30 minutes.
Nathan Boothe had a typical game as a big man with a good stroke. He was flirting with his second triple-double of the season, finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Boothe was 2-for-2 behind the arc while making all four of his free throws, and was the only Rocket who found himself in foul trouble (3) in 25 minutes on the floor.
Leading the UT scoring attack was Jonathan Williams, which is no surprise at all since he was already leading the conference with 19.6 points per game. He had 25 tonight.
Other Rockets that put up double-digit point totals were freshman Jaelen Sanford (16, 4-for-6 in 3-pointers) and Zach Garber (13, 5-for-6). Garber would finish second on the team with seven rebounds, as did Stuckey Mosley.
The Rockets will play their fourth straight home game on December 30 when they play Northern Kentucky, who currently have a 3-6 record.