Division II Concord tops N.C. Central 71-68
DURHAM, N.C. (AP)—Dannie Parker scored 17 points to lead Division II Concord to a 71-68 victory over struggling North Carolina Central on Sunday night.
After Brian Ayala hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to pull N.C. Central to 70-68, Parker missed a free throw and gave the Eagles a chance to tie it.
But Philip Branch missed a jumper with 5 seconds left, Concord’s Rustin Jessee hit the second of two free throws with 1 second remaining and Branch’s tying 3 at the buzzer missed.
The Mountain Lions (5-3) never trailed after Matthew Parker’s 3-pointer with 4:28 remaining gave Concord a 61-59 lead.
N.C. Central (1-17) tied it at 65-all on Charles Futrell’s jumper with 1:45 left, but Concord responded with Jessee’s 3, then added free throws by Chance Smith and Jessee to open up a five-point lead with 34 seconds left.
Matthew Parker finished with 12 points and Cordell Boyd added 10 for Concord, which bounced back from a loss to Elizabeth City State the night before and have won two of three.
Futrell had 22 points and 10 rebounds for N.C. Central, which lost its 12th straight game in its first season in Division I. The Eagles were playing just their third home game of the season.
Branch had 15 points, J’Mell Walters added 10 points and Tremain Holloway had 11 rebounds for N.C. Central.
Concord shot 66.7 percent in the second half, shot 53.8 percent for the game, and made six of its 13 attempts from 3-point range.