Blue Lights College led by as many as 21 points before allowing Carolina Christian to claw back to within five and holding on for a 79-73 NSAC win Tuesday night in Apex.
The Thoroughbreds, who lost guard Denzel Jacobson for the season when he was diagnosed with a wrist fracture on Monday, let the Centurions back into the game in the second half as the visitors closed the gap to 78-73 with less than a minute to play. But sophomore Da'Quan Holloway sank one of two free throws and BLC (3-3, 1-2 NSAC) forced a turnover to seal the victory and pick up its first conference win.
Even though BLC lost Jacobson, freshman big men Eric Williams and Chris Koger became eligible and made impacts right away, scoring 13 and 11 points respectively. Jeremiah Baker also added 13. Holloway finished with 11 as well.
CCC's Elijah Gibbs led all scorers with 14 points.
These same two teams meet again Saturday in Winston-Salem at 7:30 pm.