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B-CU Splits Matches on Second Day of KU Invite

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READING, Pa. - No. 19 Bethune-Cookman bowling went 3-3 on the second day of the Kutztown Invitational taking place at Heister Lanes. The three-day event is being hosted by Kutztown University, and is the nation's largest regular season tournament of the year.

B-CU turned around its fortunes from a 2-3 effort in Baker games on Friday, picking up an even 3-3 mark on Saturday in Traditional games.

This year's KU Invitational field includes Adelphi, Cheyney (Pa.), Coppin State, Delaware State, Farleigh-Dickinson, Florida A&M, Howard, Kutztown, LIU, Maryland Eastern Shore, Medaille College, Monmouth, Morgan State, New Jersey City, Penn State-Altoona,  North Carolina Central, Norfolk State, Sacred Heart, Salem International, St. Francis (Pa.), St. Francis-Brooklyn University, Stephen F. Austin, St. Peter's, Southern, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The Wildcats opened the day with a tough loss against 17th-ranked New Jersey City College (962-925), but bounced back to claim victories in the next three matches.

In that stretch, B-CU took down opponents from St. Peter's (851-828), No. 16 Long Island University (938-858) and Cheyney (980-792), respectively.

The last two matches were close losses to No. 11 St. Francis (935-863) and Monmouth (912-862).

"We're leaving too many open frames and giving teams too many opportunities to beat us," said B-CU head coach Tony O'Neal.

B-CU sits 17th in the tournament standings on the weekend with a total pin fall count of 8,969 leading into Sunday.

Senior Staci Hilliard was the high-bowler for the Cats on Saturday, producing three 200-plus games, including a team-best 253 in the third match against LIU-Brooklyn.

The Wildcats return to action tomorrow to conclude the tournament in with three best four-of-seven Baker matches position round bracket style starting at 8:30 a.m.

Fans can catch all the action live by tuning into BowlTV at, the official website of the United States Bowling Congress, or as they will provide free webcasts of the entire event.

For all the latest information on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, follow the official Twitter feed, @BCUathletics, or "Like Us" on Facebook at Bethune-Cookman Athletics.

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