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N.C. Central Eagles stay atop MEAC

Jordan Parks scored 16 points as N.C. Central pulled away from Bethune-Cookman for a 65-51 win to stay undefeated atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on Saturday.

N.C. Central (19-6, 11-0) built a 12-point lead at halftime, but it evaporated in the second half and Bethune-Cookman grabbed the lead on a pair of free throws by Brandon Stewart to make it 42-41 with 11 minutes left.

Nimrod Hilliard scored on a layup to make it 46-42 and the Eagles pulled away down the stretch.

Among the top field goal shooters in the country (62 percent), Parks knocked down 6 of 7 shots from the field and was 4 of 5 from the free-throw line.

Stewart finished with 17 points to lead the Wildcats (8-17, 4-6).

AMERICAN

Temple 66, East Carolina 53: Will Cummings scored 17 points for host Temple (19-7, 10-3), which holds third place in the American Athletic Conference.

Terry Whisnant (Cherryville) scored 13 for the Pirates (11-14, 4-8).

BIG SOUTH

Winthrop 71, Gardner Webb 68: Keon Moore scored 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Tevin Prescott made a go-ahead layup with five seconds left as host Winthrop (14-11, 9-5) held on after blowing a 16 point halftime lead.

Jerome Hill had 21 points and 15 boards for the Bulldogs (16-11, 8-6).

Coastal Carolina 96, Liberty 56: Josh Cameron scored 17 points in a rout for the host Chanticleers (18-8, 9-5), who exploded after intermission.

High Point 63, Campbell 51: John Brown scored 21 points and Brian Richardson fueled the go-ahead run to lift visiting High Point.

Brown shot 9 of 13 from the floor and Richardson finished with 12 points as High Point (19-7, 10-4) shot 40.4 percent from the floor on 52 attempts and a perfect 16 of 16 from the line. The win kept the Panthers in a tie atop the conference.

Curtis Phillips and Troy Harper led Campbell (9-18, 3-11) with 12 points.

Southern Charleston 65, Longwood 64: Arlon Harper scored 21 points and Charleston Southern (16-9, 10-4) kept a share of first place in Farmville, Va.

Quincy Taylor scored 30 points to lead the Lancers (7-20, 3-11), knocking down 6 of 12 from beyond the arc.

CIAA

Shaw 52, Saint Augustine’s 41: Larry Richardson (Garner) scored 20 for the visiting Bears (11-13, 6-8) with four 3-pointers. The Falcons are 11-13, 5-9.

Winston-Salem State 83, Fayetteville State 71: Donta Harper (formerly of Gardner-Webb) led the host Rams (15-8, 8-6) with 20 points, hitting 7-of-11 from the floor.

SOUTH ATLANTIC

Lincoln Memorial 69, Lenoir-Rhyne 37: The host Railsplitters, the fifth-ranked team in Division II, won behind 17 points from Curtis McMillion, who shot 8-of-9 from the floor.

Catawba 60, Anderson 57: The visiting Trojans (11-13, 7-11) erased a 14-point deficit but missed their final four attempts from the field and three from the line.

Vismantas Marijosius (Salisbury North Hills Christian) and Jerrin Morrison (East Mecklenburg) scored 15 for the Indians (12-12, 9-9).

Carson-Newman 71, Wingate 67: The host Bulldogs (14-10, 11-7) ended a four-game win streak. Xavier Griffin (Victory Christian) had a career-high 22 points to lead Wingate.

SOUTHERN

Mercer 55, UNC Greensboro 50: Darious Moten scored 13 for Mercer (15-12, 10-4) in Macon, Ga.

R.J. White scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Spartans (8-19, 4-10).

East Tennessee State 66, Furman 59: Lester Wilson scored 20 points and A.J. Merriweather added a career-high 18 for the host Buccaneers (15-10, 8-7).

Devin Sibley had a career-high 29 points for the Paladins (7-18, 4-10), who lost their fifth straight.

Wofford 75, Western Carolina 55: Karl Cochran made 7 of 13 3-point shots and scored 26 points for the visiting Terriers (21-6, 12-2).

Torrion Brummitt led the Catamounts, who shot just 30.5 percent, with 15 points.

SUN BELT

Louisiana-Monroe 69, Appalachian State 58: Tylor Ongwae scored 14 points and dished out seven assists in the sixth straight win for the host Warhawks (18-8, 12-3).

Jacob Lawson scored 16 points, and Tommy Spagnolo had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Appalachian State (9-14, 6-8).

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