DURHAM, N.C. -- Ray Willis and Stanton Kidd scored 10 points each to lead North Carolina Central to a 51-47 victory over Savannah State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles (20-8, 13-1) shot 47.4 percent from the field (18 of 38) and won the battle on the boards 33-23.
Preston Blackman led Savannah State (17-12, 10-4) with 13 points. The Tigers shot 39.1 percent (18 of 46) in their second consecutive loss.
Savannah State trailed by one at 14-13 on Blackman's 3-pointer with 5:43 left in the first half, but North Carolina Central led 24-19 at halftime.
The Tigers tied it at 40-all on Khiry White's jumper with 4:46 remaining, but Emanuel Chapman made two layups and Willis hit a free throw to push the Eagles to a 47-42 advantage with 28 seconds left. Willis made two foul shots to secure the victory.
Guard Kobe Paras, who was part of the freshman class, does not meet academic conditions and won't be attending UCLA.
Shaquille O'Neal said he wants his son, Shareef, to play for coaches who can help him reach the NBA and develop more discipline.
College basketball coaches across the country will hit the recruiting trail hard in July to target the Class of 2017's top prospects. Which players are the nation's top programs targeting?
|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|