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North Carolina Central 76, Old Dominion 69

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NORFOLK, Va. -- North Carolina Central forward Karamo Jawara hit two big 3-pointers to rally the Eagles to a 76-69 overtime victory over the Old Dominion Monarchs on Tuesday at the Constant Center.

With the Eagles trailing by three and 3:16 remaining in regulation, the 6-foot-8 Jawara drained just his second 3-pointer of the season to tie things at 63. Then in overtime, after Monarchs guard Dimitri Batten's layup had given Old Dominion a two-point lead on the opening possession, Jawara connected from beyond the arc again to put the Eagles ahead for good.

Jawara was 1 for 4 on 3-pointers heading into the game.

Guard Alfonzo Houston scored 16 points and Jawara, guard Jordan Parks and guard Jeremy Ingram all had 14 as the Eagles (6-1) notched their sixth straight victory. Ingram, who came in averaging 25.8 points per game, fouled out with 4:04 remaining.

Batten led all scorers with 25 for the Monarchs, who trailed by 13 at halftime and were still down nine with less than 12 minutes to play before they began reeling the Eagles in. Guard Aaron Bacote, who had scored at least 20 in five of seven games going in, was held to 12.

The loss was Old Dominion's third straight and second in as many overtime games this season. The Monarchs (4-4) fell 79-67 in overtime to Missouri State in their season opener.

North Carolina Central responded to an early seven-point deficit by scoring 23 of the next 29 points to take a 43-30 halftime lead.

The Eagles shot a blistering 65 percent from the field in the first half, scored 24 points in the paint and made three of five 3-point attempts. Parks led a balanced Eagles attack with 12 first-half points. Houston added 10 and Ingram chipped in nine as the Eagles overcame early foul trouble.

Batten scored 10 points and guard Keenan Palmore added seven in the first half for the Monarchs, who led 20-13 before the Eagles caught fire.

Bacote, the team's leading scorer at 20.4 points per game, missed his first four shots, finished the half with two points. As a team, the Monarchs shot 43 percent from the field before intermission, but they were 2-for-11 from 3-point range and 2-for-9 from the free-throw line.

NOTES: North Carolina Central starting F Jay Copeland, the team's leading rebounder and a native of nearby Suffolk, Va., picked up his second foul 76 seconds into the game, then picked up his third less than two minutes after re-entering in the middle of the first half. ... The Eagles came into the game with a 0-11 record all-time against Conference USA teams. They were 0-13 against ACC before knocking off North Carolina State 82-72 in overtime on Nov. 20. ... Old Dominion dropped both its games in last week's Cancun Classic but brought a four-game home winning streak into the contest.
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