Dejaun Clayton made one of two foul shots and the Eagles led 84-81 with 27 seconds to left. Taqwain Drummond immediately fouled Applewhite, who went to the foul line and made a pair. Lavar Harewood came up with a steal on the Bulldogs’ next possession to set up Applewhite’s game-winner.
Janai Raynor-Powell had 16 points and eight assists for South Carolina State (6-20, 4-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Harewood added 16 points. Jahmari Etienne had 11 points for the hosts.
Clayton scored a career-high 30 points and had six assists for the Eagles (5-21, 5-6). Kent Auslander added 14 points.
Harper shot 5-for-7 on 3-pointers.
Jaquan Dotson had 18 points for Savannah State (9-15, 6-4 MEAC), which won its fourth straight game.
Zaquavian Smith added 13 points and three blocks. Romani Hansen had 11 points and three blocks for the hosts.
The Tigers had a season-high 10 blocks.
Stanley Davis had 21 points and seven rebounds for Morgan State (8-16, 3-8), which has lost four in a row. Kyson Rawls added 19 points. Antonio Gillespie had 10 points.
Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr., the Bears’ second leading scorer entering the contest at 11 points per game, shot only 14 percent for the game (2-for-14).
North Carolina A&T 68, UMES 61: Andre Jackson came off the bench to score 14 points to lead the host Aggies past the Hawks.
Ibrahim Sylla had 14 points and nine rebounds for N.C. A&T (13-11, 8-2 MEAC), which earned its sixth straight home victory. Aaren Edmead added 13 points. Kameron Langley had nine assists for the hosts.
Ryan Andino had 11 points for the Hawks (4-23, 2-10).
LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary’s 61: Freshman guard Michaela Harrison scored a career-high 31 points and added 10 rebounds for her first career double double, but the visiting Mountaineers (10-12, 4-7 Northeast Conference) fell to the Blackbirds (2-20, 1-10).
With the Mount playing without top scorer Juliette Lawless, Harrison went 11-of-25 from the field and 4-for-12 on 3-pointers for her second 30-plus-point game of the season. She had 10 rebounds.
LIU Brooklyn freshman Brandy Thomas, who is the second-leading rookie scorer in the league behind Harrison, had a career-high 36 points and 19 rebounds, shooting 16-for-24 from the field and 2-for-2 on 3-pointers.
South Carolina State 60, Coppin State 55: Despite 21 points from Brooke Fields, the Eagles (2-21, 2-9 MEAC) lost to the host Bulldogs (12-12, 5-5).
Savannah State 53, Morgan State 35: The host Tigers (6-13, 4-6 MEAC) outscored the Bears (8-17, 6-5) by 32-16 in the second half.
North Carolina A&T 70, UMES 58: The host Aggies (13-10, 10-0 MEAC) used a 24-15 advantage in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Hawks (14-11, 10-2).
The Associated Press contributed to this article.