Cats Continue Control Of Aggies With 72-60 MEAC Win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Malik Jackson scored a career-high 20 points, and Kevin Dukes had 19 points and nine assists as Bethune-Cookman defeated North Carolina A&T 72-60 Saturday in historic Moore Gymnasium.
The Wildcats (6-11 overall, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak while extending two streaks involving the Aggies: This was the Wildcats fifth consecutive victory over North Carolina A&T (7-10,0-2) and 16th straight in Daytona Beach dating back to 1995.
The Aggies led 49-43 with 13:34 remaining, but B-CU came back to take leads of 51-49 on a Dukes three-pointer, 53-52 on an Alex Smith dunk and 56-54 on a Jackson three-pointer with 6:43 left.
Lamont Middleton tied it at 56-56 on a lay-up with 5:55 left, but Dukes scored the first five points of a 15-1 run that helped the Wildcats pull awat.
Jackson, who had 14 first-half points, made six of his eight three-point attempts and also contributed six rebounds.
Dukes continued his success against North Carolina A&T with his season-high point total in addition to nine assists. The senior was 5-11 from three-point range. In the first half, he scored the final five points to give the Wildcats a 39-34 halftime lead.
Middleton led the Aggies with 25 points, while Bruce Beckford and Jean Louisme scored 13 and 12, respectively.
The Wildcats host North Carolina Central Monday at 7:30 p.m.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN HEAD COACH GRAVELLE CRAIG
“We made some shots. Twelve of 26 from three-point range is a great percentage.
“People are going to key on Adrien Coleman, but he can help us do other things. He’s a good passer; he can drive and kick out.
“Malik’s been coming along. He’s adjusting to Division I basketball. He’s been working hard and he reaped the benefits tonight.
“We came out with intensity. In the last five minutes, we came together and buckled down defensively.”
“I’m finding my rhythm again. This is my home floor.
“Why do I play so well against North Carolina A&T. I’m not sure. It’s just the way the game is going.
“I’m just running the game plan coach set up. You have to come ready to play every time.”
NOTES: The starting line-up of Coleman,Smith,Johnson, Marc Mack and Brandon Stewart was B-CU’s different combo in as many games and the fourth different quintet in the last five games. Jackson’s six three-pointers matched Dukes’ outing at Kent State for most three-pointers in a game by a B-CU player … Dukes is averaging 25 points a game in the last three outings against North Carolina A&T. Bryant had a career-high 11 rebounds … B-CU enjoyed a 42-33 rebounding advantage, the first time in four games the Cats have won the board battle … Johnson went 6-6 from and finished with a season-high nine.