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N.C. Central 62, Virginia St. 55

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Curtis Knight scored 15 points whileDekendric Perry added 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to leadNorth Carolina Central by Virginia State 62-55 in the opening roundof the CIAA tournament Wednesday.

Virginia State (6-20) led 35-32 at halftime behind LavarGriffin, who scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the first 20minutes. Virginia State held the lead until Knight hit a 3-pointerfor North Carolina Central with 9:06 left in the game that made thescore 44-43.

North Carolina Central (9-17) dominated the rebounding 47-28,including 21 on the offensive end. The Eagles built their biggestlead of 10 points twice in the final minute at the free-throw line,where they made 5-of-8.

North Carolina Central next will play Shaw in thequarterfinals.