GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Denzel Keyes scored 15 of his 20 points in the final 13 minutes to help North Carolina A&T rally from a 17-point deficit and knock off North Carolina Central 70-64 on Saturday.
The Aggies (13-9, 6-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) trailed 48-31 when Keyes made back-to-back baskets to ignite a 39-16 game-ending run. Two more buckets from Keyes pulled N.C. A&T within 56-53 with 6:09 left to play. Kameron Langley's 3-pointer cut the deficit to one and Devonte Boykins' 3 gave the Aggies their first lead of the second half, 59-58, with 4:09 remaining. Langley had a bucket and four free throws from there to help N.C. A&T hold on for the win.
Raasean Davis had 15 points to pace the defending-champion Eagles (11-10, 5-2), who have won three of the last four MEAC regular-season titles. Reginald Gardner Jr. scored 13, while Pablo Rivas chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds. The two teams entered the game tied for second place behind Bethune-Cookman.
Langley had 13 points and Boykins scored 11 for the Aggies.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
Guard Miles Wilson has been dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes' men's basketball program for failing to meet team expectations.
|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|