|No. 7 North Carolina Central Edges No. 10 Howard||< All News|
|Tuesday, March 8, 2016|
NORFOLK, Va. – With a pair of late free throws, No. 7 North Carolina Central defeated No. 10 Howard 68-66 in first-round men’s action Tuesday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Eagles will face No. 2 seed Norfolk State in Wednesday’s quarterfinal at 8 p.m.
Four Eagles scored in double figures, led by Kyle Benton’s 15 points and 11 rebounds. Jeremiah Ingram added 10 rebounds. NCCU shot 39.0 percent (23-for-59) from the floor and made six of its 15 3-pointers (40.0 percent).
James Daniel III, the MEAC Player of the Year, led three Bison in double figures with 22 points. Marcel Boyd added 16 points and 18 rebounds, and Howard shot 44.8 percent (26-for-58) from the floor.
Both teams had 42 rebounds.