NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Lamont Middleton scored all 12 of his points in the second half as North Carolina A&T defeated Florida A&M 65-54 Tuesday night in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.
The seventh-seeded Aggies (16-16), who swept the Rattlers in the regular season, led 25-24 at halftime.
After the break, North Carolina A&T shot 60 percent (9 of 15), including 6 of 9 3-pointers, and made 16 of 21 free throws while Florida A&M hit 11 of 28 field goals, but only 4 of 5 foul shots.
Trailing by 10, the 10th-seeded Rattlers (8-23) got within four with 8:42 left. Bruce Beckford's three-point play and Jean Louisme's 3-pointer ended the threat.
Middleton hit a 3-pointer and six free throws in the final 3:39.
Louisme and Adrian Powell added 11 points apiece for the Aggies, who meet second-seeded North Carolina Central Wednesday.
Jamie Adams' 14 points led Florida A&M.