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Howard Bison (12-20)


Mon. 2/22 Wed. 2/24 Sat. 2/27 Mon. 2/29 Tue. 3/8
vs. SCSt 
L 63-71
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vs. FlaA&M 
W 63-53
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@ Hamp 
L 67-68
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@ Nor 
L 66-84
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@ NCCent 
L 66-68
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NC Central beats Howard at MEAC tournament 68-66

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Kyle Benton had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Patrick Cole's free throw broke a tie with 13.2 seconds left as North Carolina Central held on to defeat Howard 68-66 in an opening-round game at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday night.

The Eagles (13-18) will play No. 2 seed Norfolk State in a quarterfinal Wednesday.

Marcel Boyd's put-back dunk tied the game at 66-all with 16 seconds left. After Cole made 1 of 2 free throws, James Daniel drove through traffic and dished to Keon Hill, who missed a jumper from the wing. Benton got the rebound, was fouled and made 1 of 2 free throws before the Bison missed a three-quarters-court heave.

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Leaders
Points: J. Daniel27.1
Rebounds: T. Stone5.7
Assists: J. Daniel2.8
FG%: J. Daniel38.8%
FT%: J. Daniel84.6%
3P%: J. Daniel33.2%
Steals: J. Daniel2.1
Blocks: M. Boyd1.5
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas33-5
2 Michigan State29-6
3 North Carolina33-7
4 Virginia29-8
5 Oregon31-7
6 Villanova35-5
7 Oklahoma29-8
8 West Virginia26-9
9 Xavier28-6
10 Miami (FL)27-8
10 Kentucky27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova35-5
2 North Carolina33-7
3 Kansas33-5
4 Oklahoma29-8
5 Virginia29-8
6 Oregon31-7
7 Michigan State29-6
8 Miami (FL)27-8
9 Indiana27-8
10 Syracuse23-14
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Mid-Eastern Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Hampton 13-3 21-11
South Carolina State 12-4 19-15
Norfolk State 12-4 17-17
Bethune-Cookman 10-6 14-18
Savannah State 9-7 16-16
North Carolina Central 7-9 13-19
Maryland Eastern Shore 7-9 10-22
North Carolina A&T 7-9 10-22
Howard 6-10 12-20
Morgan State 6-10 9-22
Coppin State 6-10 9-22
Delaware State 5-11 7-25
Florida A&M 4-12 8-21
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 72.2 (198)
Rebounds: 12.6 (52)
Assists: 8.6 (351)
FG%: 40.6% (316)
FT%: 73.0% (56)
3P%: 29.6% (340)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 76.0 (277)
Rebounds: 25.5 (155)
Assists: 13.2 (185)
FG%: 42.6% (121)
FT%: 68.1% (78)
3P%: 33.5% (114)
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