HAMPTON, Va. -- Stanton Kidd scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half as North Carolina Central won its fifth straight game by holding off Hampton 68-64 Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Eagles (22-8, 15-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) opened the second half on a 19-4 run to lead 50-30 and still had an 18-point cushion with 9:09 remaining when the Pirates (14-16, 11-5) started chipping away.
Hampton again got within two on Deron Powers' layup, making it 64-62 with 22 seconds left. Willis and Kidd each hit two free throws to pull away.
Ingram added 14 points and Willis 13 for North Carolina Central, which has won 16 of its last 17 games.
Meikle and Du'Vaughn Maxwell led the Pirates with 16 points apiece.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|