DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Jibri Blount had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Deven Palmer added 15 points and North Carolina Central beat Howard 80-65 on Monday night for its 15th straight home victory.
C.J. Keyser chipped in with 12 points, and Evan Clayborne and Ty Graves each had 11 points for NCCU (14-13, 10-3 MEAC), which made 10 3-pointers. The Eagles only trail North Carolina A&T (11-3) for the league lead. NCCU outrebounded Howard 42-29, including 20-8 on the offensive glass, and turned 17 turnovers into 26 points.
Charles Williams led Howard (3-26, 0-13) with 22 points. Wayne Bristol added 11.
Howard led 19-10 before NCCU took the lead for good, at 20-19, during a 14-0 run. The Eagles led by as many as 25 points, after another 12-0 spurt for a 78-53 advantage, in the second half.
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