The Eagles (19-8, 12-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) trailed 30-27 at halftime but built a 45-38 lead over the next 10 minutes. North Carolina A&T held North Carolina Central scoreless for nearly 9 minutes after that, pulling within 45-44 on Lamont Middleton's layup with 3:01 left.
Emanuel Chapman snapped the scoreless streak with a layup with 1:18 left for a 47-44 advantage, and the Aggies never pulled closer than two points again.
North Carolina A&T scored just 17 points in the second half on 20.8-percent shooting (5 of 24), including 1 of 8 from 3-point range. Jeremy Underwood had 11 points off the bench, and starters Bruce Beckford and Adrian Powell had 10 apiece as the Aggies dropped their third straight game.
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.
|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|