NCCU men clinch MEAC Tournament 2nd seed
Stanton Kidd scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half as N.C. Central won its fifth straight game by holding off Hampton 68-64 Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Eagles (22-8, 15-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) opened the second half on a 19-4 run to lead 50-30 and still had an 18-point cushion with 9:09 remaining when the Pirates (14-16, 11-5) started chipping away.
Dwight Meikle’s jumper with 1:12 remaining trimmed the deficit to 60-58, then Jeremy Ingram answered with a 3-pointer for N.C. Central.
Hampton again got within two on Deron Powers’ layup, making it 64-62 with 22 seconds left. Willis and Kidd each hit two free throws to pull away.
Ingram added 14 points and Willis 13 for North Carolina Central, which has won 16 of its last 17 games.
Meikle and Du’Vaughn Maxwell led the Pirates with 16 points apiece.
NCCU earned the second seed in the upcoming MEAC Tournament at The Scope in Norfolk, Va., when first place Norfolk State completed a 16-0 conference season with a 55-48 win over N.C. A&T Thursday night.
In the women’s game that opened the doubleheader here Thursday, Hampton beat NCCU 51-30. Hampton, which long ago clinched the MEAC regular season title, improved to 25-5 and 16-0, while NCCU dropped to 2-27, 2-14.
|NC CENTRAL 68, HAMPTON 64|
Percentages: FG .393, FT .636.
3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Ingram 3-8, Ferguson 1-1, Willis 1-2, Chapman 1-3, Kidd 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 5.
Blocked Shots: 6 (Ingram 4, Jawara, Copeland).
Turnovers: 10 (Jawara 2, Kidd 2, Ingram 2, Galaya, Ferguson, Copeland, Willis).
Steals: 5 (Kidd 2, Ferguson, Willis, Ingram).
Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .397, FT .700.
3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Meikle 3-4, Brown 1-3, Dunning 0-1, Austin 0-1, Powers 0-1, Mercado 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 5.
Blocked Shots: 11 (Maxwell 4, Dunning 3, Brown 2, Okoroba, Meikle).
Turnovers: 12 (Powers 4, Mercado 3, Maxwell 2, Austin, Brown, Okoroba).
Steals: 6 (Brown 2, Mercado 2, Meikle, Maxwell).
Technical Fouls: Meikle.
Officials_Emanuel Upton, Jackie Sanders, Alan Spainhour.