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Grand Canyon holds off North Carolina Central

Dan Majerle (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

PHOENIX — Joshua Braun had 20 points and seven rebounds to help Grand Canyon beat North Carolina Central 64-59 on Monday night.

Pablo Rivas pulled NCCU within 60-59 with 44 seconds remaining and Casey Benson had his shot blocked at the other end. But Raasean Davis missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Benson made two free throws to give GCU a three-point lead. NCCU’s Reginald Gardner Jr. missed a 3-pointer and Benson sealed it with two more foul shots.

Keonta Vernon and Roberts Blumbergs each added nine points for Grand Canyon (7-2), which led for the final 32-plus minutes. Benson had six points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

The Antelopes will play their first road game of the season on Wednesday night at Boise State (9-1).

Davis led NCCU (4-8) with 16 points and nine rebounds. Rivas added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Gardner scored 11.

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