ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Jeremy Ingram scored 22 points as North Carolina Central topped South Carolina State 67-53 on Saturday.
North Carolina Central (19-5, 10-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) stayed atop the MEAC by shooting 40 percent and forcing South Carolina State into 21 turnovers. Jordan Parks added 16 points and eight rebounds.
Theron Stephens led South Carolina State (8-16, 4-7) with 10 points. Daryll Palmer added 9 points and had 10 rebounds.
SC State led by five twice in the first half, but a 14-2 run by NC Central -- including a trey by Ingram -- allowed the Eagles to hold a 30-22 lead at intermission.
NC Central's advantage grew to as many as 22 in the second half as they cruised to victory. Central dominated in the paint (22-10) and points off turnovers (15-4).
Reggie Witherspoon, who spent more than 13 seasons coaching at Buffalo, is returning to the city to coach Canisius College.
North Carolina Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Roy Williams is recovering from knee-replacement surgery.
Sparkling facilities are one thing, but Tim Miles needs to regain the momentum of Nebraska's 2014 run to the NCAAs if it is to play with the big boys.
|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|