NC Central beats Missouri for first win over SEC school

North Carolina Central's Will Ransom, left, congratulates teammate Patrick Cole, right, in the final minutes of the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri. (L.G. Patterson)

North Carolina Central University led the University of Missouri from start to finish for a resounding 62-52 win Monday night.

It was a statement win on the road for the Eagles, who beat an SEC opponent for the first time in school history.

Pablo Rivas went 6-for-6 from the floor and finished with 16 points and six rebounds at Mizzou Arena to pace the Eagles, who have won four consecutive games.

NCCU improved to 4-2 on the season, while the Tigers fell to 3-3.

Patrick Cole led NCCU with 17 points. DaJuan Graf finished with 12.

The Eagles held a 24-20 lead at the break and kept that lead all the way through to the conclusion, holding off multiple surges from the Tigers.

NCCU opens December with a home contest against Southern Wesleyan on Thursday, Dec. 1 at McDougald-McLendon Arena.

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