FAMU Stops Wildcats 75-67 In MEAC Opener
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman erased an 11-point first half deficit to regain the lead, but Florida A&M answered down the stretch to take a 75-67 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory Saturday in the Lawson Center.
The Rattlers (2-6 overall, 1-0 MEAC) got 24 points from Jamie Adams and 20 from Jamari Bradshaw as they turned a 57-57 tie into a 67-60 lead with 6:27 remaining,
B-CU (2-6,0-1) closed to 69-65 on an Adrien Coleman tip-in with 2:18 remaining, but went scoreless the next two minutes.
Florida A&M led 42-31 with 2:29 remaining in the opening half, but the Wildcats closed to 42-36 at halftime and took a 49-48 lead when Dempster registered his first collegiate points on a dunk with 13:14 remaining.
Bryant scored the next six B-CU points to answer Bradshaw three-pointers. A Dempster dunk with 10:57 left gave B-CU its last lead at 57-55.
The Wildcats host Stetson Monday night at 7 p.m. in historic Moore Gymnasium.
JUNIOR ADRIEN COLEMAN
“It’s always tough to lose on the road. I feel we could have done better.”
“Free throws and sloppy turnovers cost us in the end. If we clean up those mistakes, we’ll do well in the conference.”
NOTES: B-CU has now lost three straight … The Wildcats had beaten FAMU in the December meetings the past five years … Dukes broke Freddie Cole’s career record of 214 three-pointers in the second half and extended his consecutive games with a three-pointer to 28 … Smith was 5-5 from the field in the first half … Dempster made his first three shots and was 4-6 overall … B-CU made just two three-pointers, a season low … The Wildcats had a 39-36 advantage on the board, led by Jackson’s eight.