Trapp, @BCUhoops Can't Miss In 91-59 Rout OF SCSU
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- If every dog has his day, then every cat must have his night as well.
Mikel Trapp and Bethune-Cookman had that night Monday, with Trapp draining a career-high 33 points to lead the Wildcats' 91-59 victory over South Carolina State.
The Wildcats (5-20 overall, 3-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) tied the national record for three-point field goal percentage with a minimum of 15 made, matching the 15 of 18 (83.3 percent) of Eastern Kentucky in a January 14, 1987 game at UNC-Asheville.
Also, the 83.3 percent mark puts the Wildcats alongside BYU and Manhattan for the nation’s best single-game three-point shooting percentage this season. BYU went 10-12 against Texas on November 25, and Manhattan was 10-12 against Columbia on November 12.
Overall, the Wildcats set a school single-game mark in shooting 70.7 from the field (29-41), surpassing last year's 63.5 percent effort in an 86-63 win over Stetson on December 3.
Trapp, who was scoreless when the teams met January 20, was nine of 10 from the field, seven of seven from three-point range and eight of nine from the free throw line.
Trapp’s perfect night from three-point range was also a school record, and tied him with North Carolina-Greensboro’s Nicholas Paulos (9-9) and Texas Tech’s Dusty Hannah (7-7) for best three-point shooting night in the nation this year.
Bethune-Cookman used a 22-4 run that included four three-pointers to open up a 24-9 lead with nine minutes to play in the first half.
A three-pointer by Trapp 2 1/2 minutes later sparked a 13-0 spurt that extended the Bethune-Cookman advantage to 26 with four minutes to play before the break.
Malik Jackson, who sank five three-pointers, added 19 points while Kynard finished with 10 points and five assists. Owens registered the Wildcats' other three from behind the arc and scored nine. All eight Wildcats scored.
Jordan Smith paced South Carolina State (8-14, 4-5) with 10 points.
B-CU travels to North Carolina Central Saturday.
HEAD COACH GRAVELLE CRAIG
"We made shots and took them [South Carolina State] out of their zone. They struggle when they go man-to-man."
"Trapp didn't score when we up there. It was good to see him make those shots."
"It was one of those nights. Each year you have one or two like this, and then some nights you don't know which team will show up. I wish we could carry this over."
"I was just feeling confident. We had a lot of good looks and we made them pay for it. They don't want you to shoot the 3-ball."
"It was just dropping for everyone. 15 of 18 is a great percentage."
"If we get it going like this, we can be unstoppable."
NOTES: Trapp's 33 points tied him with Syracuse's Trevor Cooney for the national high Monday night ... The team's 70.7 field goal percentage was the nation's fifth-best of the season ... The seven three-pointers puts Trapp with Antonio Webb and Clifford Reed at sixth on the single-game three-pointer list ... The 32 point margin of victory was the largest in a MEAC game in the Gravelle Craig era ... B-CU has now won three of its last four ... Jackson has been in double figures five straight games.