Eaves scores 30, South Carolina State beats NAIA Allen 86-74

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) Eric Eaves scored a career-high 30 points and Ed Stephens added 17 to help South Carolina State pull away for an 86-74 win over NAIA Allen on Wednesday night.

Eaves made 7 of 12 field goals and 14 of 16 free throws while Stephens hit 7 of 8 shots. Daryll Palmer finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for South Carolina State (3-3).

The Bulldogs took a one-point lead into halftime and Ivory Drummer's 3-pointer gave Allen a 62-52 advantage with 13 minutes to play, but a 3 by Stephens sparked a 10-1 run that cut South Carolina State's deficit to one.

Drummer made a layup to put Allen up 73-70 with 4:36 remaining, but Eaves scored seven in a row, and 12 during a 15-1 run, to close the game.

Drummer led Allen with 20 points and nine rebounds.