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).
No. 7 Kansas looks for payback in Iowa State rematch
A matchup against the team that handed Kansas a lopsided defeat could help the No. 7 Jayhawks quickly refocus.
No. 9 Virginia Tech, No. 13 UNC collide with ACC lead at stake
at least for one day.
No. 6 Michigan State, No. 19 Maryland clash in key Big Ten game
Tom Izzo was a happy guy on Thursday night.
|North Carolina A&T||4-0||0.5||9-9|
|North Carolina Central||3-1||1.5||8-10|
|South Carolina State||2-2||2.5||4-16|