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McDonald scores 17 second-half points to spark NCCU's 12-point comeback, 59-52

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NORFOLK, Virginia — Anthony McDonald scored all 17 of his points after halftime to help North Carolina Central rally from a 12-point second-half deficit for a 59-52 win over Hampton on Monday.

Dante Holmes had 15 points and Nimrod Hilliard added 11 as NCCU (14-5, 6-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) won its eighth straight game. The Eagles were 0 of 7 from distance in the first half and 5 of 8 in the second — with three by McDonald.

Hilliard gave NCCU a 46-44 lead with 7:09 remaining — its first advantage since it was 11-9 — after trailing by as many as 13 points.

Dwight Meikle made 11 of 19 shots and finished with 26 points for Hampton (8-10, 4-2). He scored 11 first-half points to help Hampton hold a 28-18 lead at the break.

The Pirates only made four field goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.

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