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.
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|