Jawara Kamaro sank one of two free throws with one second left on the clock Monday to give North Carolina Central (14-5, 5-1) a 53-52 victory over Morgan State (6-12, 4-2) and sole possession of first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Bears clawed back from down four with just over a minute left, but Shaquille Duncan made contact with Kamaro, which allowed him to make the game-winning free throw.
Morgan State held a 28-17 first-half lead, but Jeremy Ingram led the way with 20 points to bring North Carolina Central back.
Coppin State 70, North Carolina A&T 54: The Eagles (7-13, 4-3) hit a season-high 14 3-pointers to put them up as much as 25, leading to a key MEAC victory. The win ends a three-game losing streak and is the first against the Aggies (7-14, 3-3) since 2007. Senior guard Andre Armstrong scored 16 points for Coppin State, which moved to sixth place in the conference
St, Mary's 73, Christopher Newport 62: Senior guard Donn Hill (Bel Air) led the Seahawks with 16 of his 23 points in the second half, allowing the hosts to pull away with the victory. Hill finished the game a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line and 7-for-12 from the field. Senior forward Brendan McFall (Poolesville) contributed 14 points and five rebounds.
North Carolina Central 50, Morgan State 48: Morgan State (2-17, 0-6) held a 10-point second-half lead, only to lose it with six seconds remaining in the game at North Carolina Central (8-11 3-3). Down 48-47 with six seconds left, Eagles junior guard Racquel Davis was able to draw a Bears foul, make the layup and convert on the free throw to give her team a two-point lead. Despite junior guard Tracey Carrington's (Dundalk) 18 points and three assists, the Bears scored only 18 points in the second half.
Coppin State 59, North Carolina A&T 50: Senior small forward Kyra Coleman led the way with 18 points and five steals for the visiting Eagles (9-10, 6-1), who came away with a key win over the Aggies (14-4, 5-2). Sophomore point guard Amber Griffin went 7-for-8 on free throws, hitting many of them late to seal the game. Senior power forward Larrissa Carter contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds in the win
Christopher Newport 70, St. Mary's (Md.) 58: Senior forward/center Sophie Pruden scored 17 points and added 14 rebounds in the Seahawks' (6-10, 3-6 Capital Athletic Conference) home loss to the No. 14 Captains (14-2, 7-1). Christopher Newport was led by two seniors, guard Tia Perry and forward Nicole Mitchell, who combined for 39 points and 14 rebounds. St. Mary's senior guard/forward Shana Lewis contributed nine points and eight rebounds, but shot just 2-for-11 from the field.
Mount St. Mary's 64, Central Connecticut State 62: Junior guard Jacqueline Brewer hit two key free throws with two seconds left in regulation to clinch the Mountaineers' (10-10, 5-3 Northeast Conference) comeback victory over the host Blue Devils (9-9, 3-5).
Senior guard Sydney Syndey Henderson scored 14 points, including nine in the second half, to erase a nine-point halftime deficit. Henderson's 3-pointer with 18 seconds left tied the game at 62.