Golden Flashes Foil B-CU Upset Bid 69-68
KENT, Ohio -- Bethune-Cookman's bid for a second straight non-conference road victory fell 1.3 seconds short as Kent State handed the Wildcats a 69-68 setback Tuesday in the M.A.C. Center.
Alex Smith's lay-up with a minute to play gave B-CU a 68-67 lead. After the teams exchanged turnovers, KSU's Randal Holt hit the game-winning jumper with 1.3 seconds left. Ricky Johnson's desperation half-court shot bounced off the rim as time expired.
Kevin Dukes had a game-high 18 points - all on three-pointers - as the Wildcats (1-3) used nine three-pointers in the first half to turn an early 9-0 deficit into a 30-23 advantage on a Dukes three-pointer with 2:19 remaining in the first half.
Kent State (3-2) erased a 33-28 halftime lead and led 42-36 lead with 14:39, but B-CU rallied to regain the lead at 51-49 on an Adrien Coleman lay-up with 9:06 left. B-CU led 53-51 on a Marc Mack jumper with 7:14 left, but the Golden Flashes used a 10-0 run for a 61-53 advantage.
Scotland finished with a career-high 15 points that included four three-pointers. Coleman added 10, while Mikel Trapp and Johnson, a native of nearby Akron, each scored eight.
Chris Evans led Kent State with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
This was B-CU's second game in the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic. The Wildcats now head to Valparaiso, Indiana, for a four-team tournament that starts with a 5:30 p.m. EST game against Nebraska-Omaha.
HEAD COACH GRAVELLE CRAIG
"It was solid, but we didn't finish again. A tough way to lose, but you have to learn from it."
ON THREE-POINT SHOOTING [B-CU MADE 13]
"We were able to drive and kick out. We able to get the ball out, had our feet set and got good looks. The second half, they cut off our penetration ... we got some good looks in transition. It came down to little things at the end."
RICKY JOHNSON ON PLAYING NEAR HOME
"It felt great to have family and friends come out. It was a great experience to have them come out and watch me play."
ON THE TEAM'S SHOOTING
"We have confidence in each other. Everyone was knocking down shots and motivating each other."
NOTES: Dukes now has 203 3-pointers and is second on the all-time B-CU list, 11 away from Freddie Cole's career record of 214...This was his 23rd consecutive game with a 3-pointer ... B-CU led at halftime for the first time this season ... The Wildcats were 13-28 from 3-point range and 25-52 overall for a season-best 48.1 percent from the field; they outshot Kent State 48.1 percent to 40.7 .... In addition to Johnson's turnout, Craig had a nice show of family and friends from his nearby hometown of Ferrell, Penn.