It’s not the same as the “Big Dance” but it beats sitting at home.
After coming up short in the MEAC tournament, the North Carolina Central University men’s basketball team got a spot in the National Invitational Tournament and was scheduled to play an opening round game at the University of Miami on Tuesday.
NCCU (25-7, 16-0 MEAC) was selected as a No. 7 seed, while Miami (21-12, 10-8 ACC) is a No. 2 seed.
The game marked NCCU’s first trip to the NIT. The Hurricanes were making their 12th appearance in the NIT, having gone 1-1 in the event in 2012.
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The Eagles had the nation’s longest conference win streak of 35 games come to an end in the MEAC Tournament semifinals on Friday.
Delaware State University senior guard Amere May exploded for 24 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to lead the Hornets to a 63-57 upset victory over the defending champions inside the Norfolk Scope Arena.
NCCU still owns the MEAC’s best regular-season record (46-2) in games against conference opponents during the last three seasons, a win percentage of .958.
Tuesday’s game was played too late for today’s edition of the Durham News. See www.nccueaglepride.com/ for results.
Local lakes are open
Both Little River and Lake Michie opened for the season last weekend.
Outdoor recreation opportunities at the lakes include fishing, peddling a water bikes, renting a canoe or kayak, launching your motor boat in Lake Michie, or just sitting on the dock.
Patrons can enjoy recreational boating on Friday-Monday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 16.
For more information about the lakes or outdoor recreation in general, call John Sautter at 919-560-4405 or visit www.DPRPlayMore.org.
Two races Saturday
Two 5K road races are scheduled for Saturday in Durham:
▪ The Skeeter Run 5K – an 8 a.m. start at C.M. Herndon Park, followed by a pancake breakfast at Parkwood United Methodist Church. (T-shirts are only guaranteed for the first 100 people who register.) See www.itsyourrace.com/.
▪ The inaugural Family 5K Fun Walk & Run. Starts at 9 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 4 Park Drive in the Research Triangle. See www.runnc.com.
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