DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Jibri Blount had 23 points and 11 rebounds as NC Central topped Florida A&M 61-45 on Saturday.
Blount shot 9 for 10 from the line.
The game was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Jordan Perkins had 15 points and eight assists for NC Central (5-10, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which earned its fifth straight home victory. Deven Palmer added 11 points.
After a close first half that saw the two teams head to the half tied at 28-28, NC Central pulled away in the second half for the victory. The Rattlers' 17 second-half points marked a season low for the team.
Rod Melton Jr. had 18 points for the Rattlers (2-10, 0-1). MJ Randolph added 10 points. DJ Jones had 13 rebounds and three blocks.
NC Central plays Delaware State on the road next Saturday. Florida A&M matches up against NC A&T on the road on Monday.