DOVER, Del. -- Alston Jones scored 13 points with four free throws in the last 61 seconds and North Carolina Central beat Delaware State 65-62 on Wednesday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener.
Kavon Waller made a 3 and pair of free throws with for a 56-55 Delaware State lead with 4:35 left. Jones responded with a pair of free throws to give the Eagles the lead, and after Jonathan Walker's miss, Jones followed his own missed jump shot and tipped it in for a 59-56 lead. Raasean Davis made 1 of 2 for a four-point margin.
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|