North Carolina A&T defeats Florida A&M 65-54

By: AP
By: AP

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Lamont Middleton scored all 12 of his points in the second half as North Carolina A&T defeated Florida A&M 65-54 Tuesday night in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.

The seventh-seeded Aggies (16-16), who swept the Rattlers in the regular season, led 25-24 at halftime.

After the break, North Carolina A&T shot 60 percent (9 of 15), including 6 of 9 3-pointers, and made 16 of 21 free throws while Florida A&M hit 11 of 28 field goals, but only 4 of 5 foul shots.

Trailing by 10, the 10th-seeded Rattlers (8-23) got within four with 8:42 left. Bruce Beckford's three-point play and Jean Louisme's 3-pointer ended the threat.

Middleton hit a 3-pointer and six free throws in the final 3:39.

Louisme and Adrian Powell added 11 points apiece for the Aggies, who meet second-seeded North Carolina Central Wednesday.

Jamie Adams' 14 points led Florida A&M.


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