DURHAM, N.C. -- Jeremy Ingram scored 20 of his career-high 32 points in the first half and North Carolina Central beat Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference-foe Bethune-Cookman 81-75 Monday night.
Ingram was 17-of-20 shooting free throws and added three 3-pointers. Ray Willis scored 19 points, including the team's final 11, as the Eagles (17-7, 10-0) won their 11th straight game -- their longest streak since winning 16 straight in 1995-96.
Adrien Coleman tied a season-high with 31 points for Bethune-Cookman (9-16, 4-6) and added 10 rebounds -- eight offensive -- for his fourth double-double of the season.
North Carolina Central scored the game's first eight points and led 30-13 with 8:49 left, with Ingram accounting for 16 of those points.
The Eagles then went nearly 7 minutes without a field goal and trailed 42-41 early in the second half. North Carolina Central responded with a 7-0 run, though, and led the rest of the way.
NCAA title game hero Kris Jenkins said he will withdraw his name from the NBA draft and return to Villanova for his senior season.
Andy Katz breaks down the likelihood of Villanova, Syracuse, North Carolina or Oklahoma making a run to the Final Four next season.
Florida State has announced that Xavier Rathan-Mayes will return to the court for his junior season. The 6-foot-4 guard declared for the NBA draft last month but did not hire an agent.
|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|