Stanton Kidd and Jeremy Ingram scored 14 points each and North Carolina Central dodged a bullet against North Carolina A&T, holding on for a 51-47 victory.
The Eagles (19-8, 12-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) trailed 30-27 at halftime but built a 45-38 lead over the next 10 minutes. North Carolina A&T held North Carolina Central scoreless for nearly 9 minutes after that, pulling within 45-44 on Lamont Middleton's layup with 3:01 left.
Emanuel Chapman snapped the scoreless streak with a layup with 1:18 left for a 47-44 advantage, and the Aggies never pulled closer than two points again.
North Carolina A&T scored just 17 points in the second half on 20.8-percent shooting (5 of 24), including 1 of 8 from 3-point range. Jeremy Underwood had 11 points off the bench, and starters Bruce Beckford and Adrian Powell had 10 apiece as the Aggies dropped their third straight game.