DURHAM — North Carolina Central made senior day even more special as the Eagles used another dominating performance to dismantle the South Carolina State Bulldogs 86-44 in front of 2,414 maroon-clad fans at McDougald-McLendon Gym.
Despite an early setback where N.C. Central found itself down 9-3 on Jalen Whites layup with 16:41 to go, the veteran Eagles used the next five minutes to go on a 14-3 run and take the lead at 17-12.
Senior Jeremy Ingram of Charlotte had it going early and often in the first frame, scoring 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting, 4 of 6 from beyond-the-arc. Ingram also collected a season-high five steals through the first 20 minutes.
The Eagles forced 10 turnovers and a five-point lead ballooned to a 40-24 halftime advantage.
The second half was more of the same as N.C. Central used a 10-1 run through the first five-and-a-half minutes in the second half to make it 50-25.
It took until the 12:51 mark of the second stanza for S.C. State to get its first field goal in the second half, as White connected on a layup to make it 59-27.
N.C. Centrals dominance continued the rest of the way, which gave coach LeVelle Moton the opportunity to send all of his seniors out with a curtain call in front of the Eagle faithful for a standing ovation.
Ingram scored 25 points and junior Jordan Parks recorded his second double-double of the year with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The Eagles committed a season-low five turnovers, marking a new record in the NCAA Division I era for the program.
S.C. State (9-18, 5-9) struggled mightily from the field in the contest, shooting 28.3 percent going 15 for 53, including 2 for 16 from beyond the arc.
With the win, N.C. Central (23-5, 13-1) has recorded 15 straight victories, 22 in a row inside McDougald-McLendon Gym dating back to the 2012-13 campaign, and needs one more victory to secure the schools first MEAC regular season title.
The Eagles take on Savannah State 7 p.m. Monday in Durham.