Kyle Benton's layup pulled N.C. Central to within two, 63-61, with 3:01 to go. On the next possession, Dante Holmes was called for a hard foul on Desonta Bradford, and was also assessed a technical foul. Cromer made both free throws on the technical, then Bradford made the pair for the foul, and ETSU went up by six.
Holmes hit a 3-pointer to make it a four-point game with 1:09 left, but Cromer and Bradford made 3 of 4 from the line in the last 13 seconds to ice it.
N.C. Central (5-10) was led by Patrick Cole with 22 points. Holmes finished with 18 points and nine boards.