Kameron Langley scored 14 points with nine assists for the Wildcats (18-12, 11-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who shot 42.9 percent from the field and led 49-43 at halftime.
Brandon Tabb's layup capped a 10-0 run for a 53-51 Wildcats lead while the Aggies went scoreless for more than 5 1/2 minutes, but NC A&T led 70-59 after scoring seven straight. The Wildcats closed to 82-80 on Jeffrey Altidort's layup with 25 seconds left, but McGowen replied with a layup and Langley added two free throws.
Tabb scored 25 points, making 12 of 13 free throws, Isaiah Bailey added 16 points and Shawntrez Davis had 15 points and 13 boards for the Wildcats (17-13, 11-4), who saw their five-game win streak end.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
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.
|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|