ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Damani Applewhite and Janai Rayner-Powell had 13 points each and South Carolina State beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 66-62 for its third straight win on Monday night.
Patrell Rogers added 11 points for the Bulldogs (7-12, 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who trailed most of the second half but ended the game on a 6-0 run to surge in front. Applewhite had a dunk to tie it at 62-all with 1:52 left, Ian Kinard's layup gave the Bulldogs the lead for good at 64-62 at 41 seconds and Rayner-Powell added a pair of foul shots to ice it with nine seconds left.
South Carolina State trailed by as many as 13 early in the second period and chipped away at the deficit until taking its first lead of the half at 58-56 on Rogers' 3-point play with 4:09 left.
Frost led the Hawks with 16 points, Logan McIntosh scored 13 and Bacote 10.
James is the highest-ranked prospect to commit to the Vols under Rick Barnes and the highest overall since Tobias Harris in 2010.
Five-star point guard Josiah James, ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Tennessee over Clemson, Duke and Michigan State.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
|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|