PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Hakeem Baxter scored 26 points as Maryland-Eastern Shore snapped a 13-game losing streak and held on to beat North Carolina A&T 65-60 on Saturday afternoon.
Baxter shot 6 of 11 from the field and hit 12 of 13 free throws. KyRee Jones added 14 points.
The Hawks (3-15, 1-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) have grabbed all three of their wins at home this season.
Maryland-Eastern Shore shot 54.2 percent (13 of 24) at the half -- compared to 27.3 percent for North Carolina -- and took a 37-21 lead at intermission.
The Aggies went on a 19-6 run to climb back within two with 3:45 to go. A dunk and two free throws by Baxter kept Maryland-Eastern Shore ahead.
Richaud Pack led North Carolina A&T with 21 points. The Aggies (7-15, 3-4) have struggled in away games this season -- 13 of their 15 losses have come on the road.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, but the Wildcats' upward trajectory suggests 2016-17 could finally be the season it happens.
Dillon Brooks, who led Oregon with 16.7 points per game last season, will opt out of the NBA draft process and return to the Ducks, a source told ESPN.
|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|