Futrell leads N.C. Central past Winston-Salem

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Charles Futrell scored 28 points to lead North Carolina Central past Winston-Salem State 60-56 on Saturday night.

Futrell made 11 of 19 shots and Philip Branch added 11 points for N.C. Central (4-26), which held the Rams to 35 percent shooting, snapped a three-game losing streak and heads into the offseason with a victory against a cross-state rival.

Darrell Wonge scored 18 points to lead Winston-Salem State (12-18), which lost two straight and three of four to end the season.

The game was billed as a “bonus” game at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament. Winston-Salem State, which moved to Division I last season, is not yet eligible to compete for the league title.

N.C. Central, a first-year Division I program, was a founding member of the MEAC in 1969 but left the league when it joined Division II and has expressed an interest in returning, though no official decisions have been made on the Eagles’ status.

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