TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Desmond Williams scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Florida A&M held off North Carolina Central 65-56 on Saturday night.
Florida A&M trailed 46-42 in the second half but rallied with a 19-3 run to lead 61-49 with 2:37 left.
North Carolina Central cut the deficit to 61-56 at 1:24 but Williams' jumper with 46 seconds left pushed the lead back to seven and Nick Severado punctuated the win with a putback dunk.
Raasean Davis had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Davis had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half when the Eagles trailed 28-25. Pablo Rivas added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles (12-12, 6-4).
The cream of the crop of American high school basketball will congregate in Colorado Springs from Oct. 5-7, as USA Basketball unveils its newly expanded Junior National Team minicamp in collaboration with the NBA, NCAA and NBPA.
Missouri guard Cullen VanLeer is retiring from basketball after tearing his ACL in the Tigers' final regular-season game last season.
For some teams, a win in the NCAA tournament would be a significant achievement. For the elite contenders, anything short of a Final Four run would be a disappointment.
|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|