TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Desmond Williams and Elijah Mayes combined to score 47 points and Florida A&M held off Howard, 84-76 to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both schools Wednesday night.
A winter storm forced the closure of the Tallahassee campus and icy conditions and light snow hampered travel in the area, but the scheduled doubleheader with men's and women's games went off as scheduled.
Howard took a 39-34 advantage after a half, but the Rattlers got hot in the second half and outscored the Bison 50-37.
Williams finished with 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Florida A&M (2-15, 1-0) won for just the second time this season. Mayes went 6 for 6 from the free-throw line and finished with 22 points. Marcus Barham and Nick Severado each contributed 10 points.
The rebuilding Wildcats are set to raise the 2018 national championship banner next week -- and also lower expectations for the season to come after multiple NBA departures.
Michigan coach John Beilein can't yell or throw a chest pass yet after his offseason heart surgery, but the coach says he is ready for the upcoming season -- and fully expects to be recovered by that time.
Former Memphis All-American and NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway tipped off his first camp as new coach of the Tigers, and he's "really anxious" to get to work.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|