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Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (14-20)


Mon. 2/27 Thu. 3/2 Mon. 3/6 Thu. 3/9 Fri. 3/10
@ Howard 
L 69-79
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vs. Morgan 
W 67-66
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vs. NCA&T 
W 74-67
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@ Hamp 
W 68-66
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@ NCCent 
L 49-77
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NC Central beat UMES, advances to MEAC Tournament finals

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Patrick Cole had 21 points, including three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and six assists, Kyle Benton added 12 points with eight rebounds and top-seeded North Carolina Central beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 79-49 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.

Dajuan Graf had 14 points, Del'vin Dickerson scored 11 and Pablo Rivas 10 for NCCU (24-8), which will face No. 2 seed Norfolk State or 11th-seed Howard in Saturday's championship game.

Cole had four points, three assists and two steals in the first six minutes as the Eagles took a 14-2 lead. Eastern Shore (14-20) pulled within two on a Tyler Jones' putback of his own miss with 7:11 left in the half, but NCCU scored 17 of the next 19 points to take a 38-21 lead into the break. The Hawks, who had their three-game win streak snapped, never threatened in the second half.

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Leaders
Points: B. Copeland17.4
Rebounds: B. Copeland6.1
Assists: L. McIntosh4.4
FG%: B. Copeland46.5%
FT%: B. Copeland77.4%
3P%: R. Andino38.1%
Steals: R. Andino0.9
Blocks: D. Peck1.3
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga34-1
3 Kansas30-4
4 Arizona32-4
5 Kentucky31-5
6 North Carolina29-7
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-4
9 Oregon31-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga34-1
3 Kansas30-4
4 Arizona32-4
5 Kentucky31-5
6 UCLA31-4
7 Duke28-9
8 North Carolina29-7
9 Oregon31-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Mid-Eastern Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
North Carolina Central 13-3 25-9
Norfolk State 12-4 17-17
Morgan State 11-5 14-16
Hampton 11-5 14-17
Savannah State 10-6 13-16
Maryland Eastern Shore 9-7 14-20
South Carolina State 7-9 11-20
Delaware State 7-9 10-22
Coppin State 7-9 8-24
Bethune-Cookman 6-10 10-22
Howard 5-11 10-24
Florida A&M 5-11 7-23
North Carolina A&T 1-15 3-29
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 71.3 (225)
Rebounds: 10.3 (185)
Assists: 13.2 (196)
FG%: 42.4% (274)
FT%: 68.4% (239)
3P%: 34.3% (212)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 76.1 (267)
Rebounds: 23.3 (310)
Assists: 14.6 (284)
FG%: 45.4% (256)
FT%: 70.8% (207)
3P%: 35.3% (201)
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