Shawn Williams scored 12 points and Jabari Craig grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pirates (4-4), who outrebounded the Hornets 51-33 and outscored them 34-28 in the paint in a game that featured 10 lead changes.
B.J. Tyson's 3-point play sparked a 10-0 second-half run and the Pirates led 48-40. Artem Tavakalyan's jumper tied it at 48, but the Pirates scored seven straight for a 60-52 lead with 1:35 left. The Hornets closed to 60-57 on Tavakalyan's 3-point play, but Williams and Craig combined for three free throws down the stretch.
Fleming's jumper put East Carolina up 10-2, but Tavalkalyan's 3-pointer with four seconds left gave the Hornets a 24-23 halftime lead.
Tavalkalyan scored 20 points with eight rebounds and Simon Okolue added 14 points for the Hornets (2-7).
Purchase hits 5 3s, scores 23; Hawaii beats UC Riverside
Jack Purchase scored 23 points and hit five of Hawaii's 13 3-pointers and the Rainbow Warriors never trailed in their 87-64 win over UC Riverside on Saturday night.
Leonard lifts UC Irvine past UC Santa Barbara 83-70
Evan Leonard had a season-high 23 points as UC Irvine stretched its win streak to eight games, beating UC Santa Barbara 83-70 on Saturday night.
Fitts leads Saint Mary's (Cal) past Pepperdine 72-65
Malik Fitts had 25 points as Saint Mary's won its eighth consecutive home game, topping Pepperdine 72-65 on Saturday night. Jordan Ford added 20 points for the Gaels.
|North Carolina A&T||9-2||1||14-11|
|North Carolina Central||7-5||3.5||12-14|
|South Carolina State||4-7||6||6-21|