DURHAM, N.C. -- Mike DiNunno scored 21 points and Eastern Kentucky stayed unbeaten with a 63-57 victory over North Carolina Central Tuesday night in nonconference play.
The Colonels (8-0) led 31-22 at halftime, closing the half on a 10-1 run. Behind Jeremy Ingram (18 points) and Ray Willis (16), North Carolina Central (5-5) got within three points in the second half but no closer.
It's Eastern Kentucky's best start since the 1946-47 season, which began 11-0.
DiNunno scored the game's first points on a layup and the last three on free throws in the final 0:30.
Glenn Cosey added 11 points for Eastern Kentucky, which was outrebounded 38-19. The Colonels had decisive edges in two categories. They were 8 for 21 on 3-pointers, DiNunno making 4 of 6 treys. North Carolina Central was 1 for 7 from the arc, Ingram 1 for 6. Eastern Kentucky committed just 10 turnovers to the Eagles' 22.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.
|Southeast Missouri State||2-14||8||5-24|
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|