Four starters scored in double figures, helping North Carolina Central remain unbeaten in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a 84-75 victory over Coppin State on Saturday at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.
Senior guard Ray Willis scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds while junior guard Jeremy Ingram posted 19 points, six steals, five rebounds and three assists for North Carolina Central (12-7, 5-0 MEAC). Sophomore forward Jay Copeland added 17 points and five rebounds, junior forward Stanton Kidd had 15 points and nine rebounds, and junior guard Emanuel Chapman dished out 13 assists.
Junior guard Andre Armstrong scored 28 points to lead Coppin State (5-16, 2-4). Freshman guard Patrick Cole scored 15 points. Sophomore guard Taariq Cephas had 13 points and six assists.
North Carolina Central led throughout the first half and used a 9-0 run to take a 24-14 lead when Ingram scored with 9 minutes to play in the opening period. Coppin State trailed by six, 35-29, entering the second half, but a 3-pointer by Willis sparked a short run that put North Carolina Central up 42-29 with 16:36 remaining. Coppin State cut the lead to four with 9:28 to go, but North Carolina Central held on for the win.