TOLEDO, Ohio -- Julius Brown scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists to lead four Toledo players in double figures as the Rockets topped Florida A&M 79-69 Monday night.
After Reggie Lewis hit a jumper to pull Florida A&M (1-3) within two, 54-52, with 10:15 remaining, the Rockets reeled off a 10-2 run, extending their lead to 64-54 just under two minutes later. The biggest lead by either team prior to that point was a 21-16 advantage for Florida A&M with around 7 minutes to play in the first half. Justin Drummond scored five points in the Toledo (3-0) spurt.
Ryan Pearson scored 18 points, Drummond added 16 and Nathan Booth had 10 for the Rockets.
Jamie Adams paced the Rattlers with 18 points, hitting 5 of 7 3-point shots.
Brown scored nine points in the final 5:37 of the first half to give Toledo a 42-40 edge at the break.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
|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|