N.C. Central edges Morgan St., 53-52

MEAC and Top 25 college hoops
Jan. 28, 2014 @ 03:19 PM

N.C. Central 53, Morgan St. 52
DURHAM (AP) — Jeremy Ingram scored 20 points and Karamo Jawara made a game-winning free throw with a second remaining to give North Carolina Central a 53-52 victory over Morgan State Monday.
The win puts N.C. Central (14-5, 5-1 MEAC) alone atop the conference standings. Morgan St. (6-12, 4-2) entered the game tied with NCCU for the conference lead.
NCCU led 52-48 with 1:20 remaining. Ian Chiles made two free throws and Donte Pretlow made a basket with 38 seconds left to tie the score at 52. Jawara made the first of two free throws with .07 remaining and missed the second on purpose.
Morgan St. held a 41-31 lead midway of the second period. Jay Copeland had a three-point play that started a 16-2 run, that gave the Eagles a 47-43 lead with 4:26 remaining.
Jawara finished with 13 points for NCCU. Justin Black had 17 for Morgan St.


Coppin St. 70, N.C. A&T 54
GREENSBORO (AP) — Andre Armstrong, who made 3 of 5 3-point attempts, finished with 16 points as Coppin State made a season-high 13 shots from behind the arc to defeat North Carolina A&T 70-54 Monday night.
Coppin State (7-13, 4-3 MEAC) made 43.3 percent of its 3-point attempts, while limiting N.C. A&T to just 5 of 22.
Coppin St. took an early 24-4 lead and held a commanding 40-23 halftime advantage. The Aggies cut the lead to 43-31 early in the second period, but could not close the gap as Coppin St. led 61-36 midway in the period.
Michael Murray and Sterling Smith had 14 points each for the Eagles. Murray also pulled down 13 rebounds.
Richaud Pack led N.C. A&T (7-14, 3-3) with 21 points. Bruce Beckford and Lamont Middleton added 13 each.


No. 23 Oklahoma 88, No. 8 Oklahoma St. 76

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Ryan Spangler had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help No. 23 Oklahoma defeat No. 8 Oklahoma State 88-76 on Monday night.
Jordan Woodard scored 18 points and Tyler Neal added a season-high 15 points for the Sooners (17-4, 6-2 Big 12), who won their fourth straight game and claimed their third win over a ranked conference opponent this season.
Marcus Smart had 22 points, Phil Forte scored 20 and made all six of his 3-point tries and Markel Brown added 18 points for the Cowboys (16-4, 4-3).
OSU's Le'Bryan Nash, who scored a career-high 29 points against West Virginia on Saturday, fouled out with eight points in 17 minutes.
It was the first time both teams have entered a "Bedlam" rivalry game ranked since 2005. The rematch is Feb. 15 at Oklahoma State.


No. 9 Villanova 65, Georgetown 60
WASHINGTON (AP) — James Bell scored 16 points, and Villanova prevailed in a messy, foul-plagued game to hand Georgetown its fifth straight loss.
Daniel Ochefu added 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting for the Wildcats (18-2, 7-1 Big East), who forced 18 turnovers while committing 16. Villanova made 22 of 28 free throws and moved into a tie with first-place Creighton atop the Big East.
Markel Starks scored 20 points for the short-handed Hoyas (11-9, 3-6), whose roster underwent two more changes before the game. Georgetown has its longest losing streak since 2011 and has dropped three straight at home for the first time since 2009.
The game included 34 turnovers, 41 field goals and 39 fouls.