Armed with an eye-popping November overtime victory at North Carolina State, N.C. Central figures to be a contender for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.

If they didn’t know already, the Hampton Pirates learned why Tuesday, losing 74-61 to the Eagles in Durham, N.C., despite 20 points from Brian Darden. Though the game pitted MEAC teams, it does not count in the conference standings.

Two Darden free throws cut the gap to 66-61, but Jordan Parks made two dunks and two free throws in the last 54 seconds to clinch the outcome for the Eagles (8-4).

Dante Holmes had 15 points, Jay Copeland contributed 14 and Emanuel Chapman added 11 for NCCU.

HU (7-8) shot just 27 percent (17-of-63), while NCCU was at 49.1 percent.

More men's games

After country music star Darius Rucker -- first famous as the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish -- sang the national anthem for their Colonial Athletic Association debut, the College of Charleston Cougars beat visiting James Madison 75-61 by hitting 12-of-23 from 3-point range.

Anthony Stitt scored 23 points and Nori Johnson 18 for the Cougars (9-7), who ran off 12 straight points after JMU pulled even at 49 and never were threatened again.

Charles Cooke led JMU (6-10, 1-1 CAA) with 21 points. The Dukes' Andre Nation made his season debut after a 15-game suspension for reportedly failing two drug tests. Nation, a hero in last year's CAA tournament title run, had seven points and six rebounds Tuesday. ...

Maurice Watson Jr. scored 11 points, had six assists and six rebounds to lead Boston University past Navy 55-32.

BU held Navy to its lowest point total since a 33-21 loss to Penn State on Feb. 6, 1943.

Watson entered the game tied for third nationally with 103 assists for BU (10-6, 3-0 Patriot League). Navy (6-8, 1-2) is 5-0 at home but 1-8 on the road. ...

Host Hampden-Sydney (8-4, 2-1) hammered Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Emory and Henry 98-58 behind Greg Lewis' 20 points and Stephen Vassor's 17.

Lewis shot 8-of-10 from the field and led the Tigers with seven rebounds. E&H (2-10, 0-3) fell despite Malcolm Green's 13 points and six rebounds.

Former Walsingham player honored

Randolph College’s Corey Brown, a sophomore from Williamsburg and Walsingham Academy, was named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Honor Roll. He had season highs of 17 points and nine rebounds in the WildCats’ only contest last week, a 67-45 victory over Maritime.

Ex-ODU coach Taylor to work as CAA TV analyst

Former Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor will work as an analyst on Comcast Sports for seven Colonial Athletic Association games, starting with Saturday’s 4 p.m. game pitting Delaware at James Madison.

His second game will be at William and Mary’s Kaplan Arena on Jan. 18, when the Tribe hosts JMU at 4 p.m., according to The Virginian-Pilot. Taylor's last scheduled contest is a conference tournament quarterfinal March 8, though he could work another regular-season game, according to CAA spokesman Rob Washburn.

Women

Chowan junior guard Rachel Gostomski of Newport News was named a Co-Newcomer of the Week in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, sharing the honor with Winston-Salem State's Amanda Hairston.

Gostomski, from Heritage High, scored 26 points, hitting five 3-pointers, in Saturday's 69-64 win against Shaw.