PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Reggie Gardner Jr. scored 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Raasean Davis added 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting to help North Carolina Central slip past Maryland-Eastern Shore 63-60 on Monday night.
Freshman Jordan Perkins had nine points, six rebounds and nine assists for NCCU (11-9, 5-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). The Eagles have won 12 in a row against Eastern Shore (5-17, 1-5).
Gardner hit a 3 and Larry McKnight Jr. made two free throws to give N.C. Central a 59-55 lead with two minutes to play. Logan McIntosh connected with Miryne Thomas for an alley-oop dunk that pulled the Hawks within two points but Pablo Rivas answered with a layup that made it 61-57 with 49 seconds remaining. Perkins and Gardner each made 1 of 2 free throws from there to seal it.
McIntosh led Eastern Shore with a career-high 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Thomas added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Cameron Bacote scored 11 points.
The Hawks, who made just 20-of-68 field-goal attempts, have lost five in a row.
NCCU shot 60 percent (12 of 12) in the second half and finished with 20 assists on 22 field goals.
Texas junior guard Andrew Jones is a limited participant in practice as he continues to regain strength following his diagnosis of leukemia, coach Shaka Smart said Monday.
Four-star point guard Jalen Gaffney made a verbal commitment to UConn on Monday, giving the Huskies their second ESPN 100 guard in the past two weeks.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
|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|