Ayala, Branch lead N.C. Central to 67-65 win over Coppin St.

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BALTIMORE (AP)—Bryan Ayala and Philip Branch each scored 21 points, and North Carolina Central defeated Coppin State 67-65 on Wednesday night.

Ayala landed three of four free throws in the final minute of the game to help N.C. Central win.

Tremain Holloway put N.C. Central ahead, 64-62, with a layup with 35 seconds to play. Ayala made two free throws with 22 seconds left, extending the lead to 66-62. He then made one of two free throws with six seconds remaining, giving N.C. Central a five-point lead.

Coppin’s Tywain McKee sank a three-point basket at the buzzer, bringing the final score to 67-65.

Charles Futrell grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for N.C. Central (2-23).

McKee lead Coppin State (4-18) with a team-high 19 points.

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 Top Performers
 N.C. Central
Philip Branch Philip Branch
8-14,  21 Pts
2 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Coppin St.
Tywain McKee Tywain McKee
5-10,  19 Pts
3 Rebs, 6 Assists

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