Kameron Langley scored 14 points with nine assists for the Wildcats (18-12, 11-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who shot 42.9 percent from the field and led 49-43 at halftime.
Brandon Tabb's layup capped a 10-0 run for a 53-51 Wildcats lead while the Aggies went scoreless for more than 5 1/2 minutes, but NC A&T led 70-59 after scoring seven straight. The Wildcats closed to 82-80 on Jeffrey Altidort's layup with 25 seconds left, but McGowen replied with a layup and Langley added two free throws.
Tabb scored 25 points, making 12 of 13 free throws, Isaiah Bailey added 16 points and Shawntrez Davis had 15 points and 13 boards for the Wildcats (17-13, 11-4), who saw their five-game win streak end.
The rebuilding Wildcats are set to raise the 2018 national championship banner next week -- and also lower expectations for the season to come after multiple NBA departures.
Michigan coach John Beilein can't yell or throw a chest pass yet after his offseason heart surgery, but the coach says he is ready for the upcoming season -- and fully expects to be recovered by that time.
Former Memphis All-American and NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway tipped off his first camp as new coach of the Tigers, and he's "really anxious" to get to work.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|