TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Akini Atkins scored 18 points as Florida A&M won beat Carver College 86-83 Monday night.
In coach Eugene Harris' debut, FAMU shot 46percent from the field, and outscored the Cougars 42-22 in the paint.
Akini was 8-of-12 from the field, and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Lamar Twitty added 14 points and Leslie Robinson scored 13 for the Rattlers (1-0, 0-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
FAMU jumped out to a 21-8 lead, and kept Carver College at a distance until the Cougars used a 17-6 run to cut the lead to one at 80-79 with just under a minute to play. FAMU responded by finishing the game on a 7-4 run.
Kent Dorsey finished with a game high 26 points for Carver College (1-5), while shooting over 50 percent from the field and grabbing seven rebounds. Reggie Anderson added 16 points for the Cougars.