Cats Snag Road Win In New Orleans 71-65
NEW ORLEANS - Adrien Coleman had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Alex Smith scored 10 of his career-high 14 points in the second half as Bethune-Cookman rallied for a 71-65 road victory over New Orleans Thursday night at Lakefront Arena.
Trailing 58-46 with 6:18 remaining, B-CU (1-2) scored 14 unanswered points to take a 60-58 lead on Ricky Johnson's three-pointer with 3:09 remaining.
New Orleans (1-2) regained the lead at 62-61 on two Lovell Cook free throws with 1:48 left, but Smith's dunk with 1:26 put the Wildcats ahead for good. Paul Scotland (a career-high 11 points) added four points in the final 42 seconds.
Kevin Dukes had 12 points for B-CU, which posted its first non-conference road victory since a December 2008 win at Jacksonville. Smith had eight rebounds.
Cook had 18 for the Privateers, who made eight of their first ten shots and led by as many as 13 in the first half.
HEAD COACH GRAVELLE CRAIG: "We finished tonight. We learned from the first games. We took care of the ball and made shots when we had to. We made progress tonight.
CRAIG ON THE PLAY OF ALEX SMITH: "He came up huge. He defended well in the second half. We need him to play like that if we want to have a chance to win the conference."
CRAIG ON GETTING A BIG EASY SPLIT AND WINNING ON THE ROAD: "On the road, you always want to get a split. Any non-conference road win is a big win."
ADRIEN COLEMAN: "Coach told us when you're missing shots, sometimes you have to will it in. We just willed it in towards the end of the second half."
NOTES: This was Coleman's second double-double as well as his fifth 20-point game ... Dukes has made a 3-pointer in 22 consecutive games and is now tied for 2nd on B-CU's all-time 3-point list with Julious Grant at 197 ... Scotland also had a career-high four rebounds ... Smith had an eight rebound game for the second straight night ... Craig is now 5-0 lifetime on Thursday.