by Mike Potter
N.C. Central becomes the first Triangle Division I college basketball team to finish its season tonight, when LeVelle Moton's men's squad visits independent Longwood in the back end of a home-and home set.
The Eagles have won two straight in the series, prevailing 81-78 at McDougald-McLendon Gym 12 days ago.
With seven wins, Moton (pictured) has led his alma mater to its best season since 2006-07 in his first season as head coach.
NCCU has played an independent schedule this season. Next season the Eagles are set to play a MEAC regular-season slate, although they are will not be eligible for the conference tournament and post-season play until 2012.
N.C. Central at Longwood
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Willett Hall, Farmville, Va.]
Longwood leads series 4-2.
Records: NCCU 7-21, LU 11-18.
Audio: WRJD-AM 1410, NCCUEaglePride.com.
Coaches' records - NCCU: LeVelle Moton 7-21; LU: Mike Gillian 62-148.
Leading scorer - NCCU: C.J. Wilkerson 16.1; LU: Dana Smith 17.9.
Leading rebounder - NCCU: Nick Chasten 6.2; LU: Antwan Carter 8.4.
Assist leader - NCCU: Michael Glasker 5.0; LU: E.J. Dawson 3.5.