DURHAM, N.C. -- Emanuel Chapman dished out 13 assists Saturday to help North Carolina Central remain unbeaten in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play with an 84-75 victory over Coppin State.
Ray Willis scored 20 points and Jeremy Ingram 19 for the Eagles of North Carolina Central (12-7, 5-0), who won their sixth straight. Jay Copeland added 17 points and Stanton Kidd had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Chapman, the conference's assists leader with 5.8 per game, posted the fifth-best total in program history while falling one short of his career best.
After Coppin State cut a 14-point deficit to 58-54 with 9:28 remaining, two layups by Copeland started an 11-3 North Carolina Central run that made it 69-57 with 5:21 left. Ingram also hit two baskets during the run.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
|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|