BETHUNE-COOKMAN CRUISES PAST UMES, 69-52
Feb. 23, 2009
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Alexander Starling and John Holmes had 16 points apiece to lead Bethune-Cookman to a 69-52 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at Moore Gymnasium Monday.
With the win, BCU improved to 14-14 overall and 8-6 in the MEAC, while the loss for UMES is its seventh in eight games and drops the Hawks to 7-20 and 3-11 in conference play.
The Hawks jumped out to an 8-2 advantage at the 15:45 mark on the strength of two Chris Conner (Powell, Tenn.) threes. Conner had a team-high 15 points. Gary Lee (Flint, Mich.) was the only other Hawk in double figures with 11.
Behune-Cookman took its first lead of the game at 9-8 when Elliott Stanley sank a pair of free throws with 10:44 left. Conner responded with a three-point play on the next possession to knot the game at 11.
BCU's C.J. Reed followed with a three of his own to make it 14-11 with 9:15 to go before halftime. The Wildcats never trailed the rest of the night.
The lead grew to double digits at 25-14 on a pair of foul shots from Alvin Pegus at 5:55 before Bright drained a three to cut the BCU lead to 29-20 with 1:11 left. The Wildcats, though, tallied the final four points of the half to carry a 33-20 lead into the break.
BCU shot 43.5 percent (10-of-23) in the opening 20 minutes while The Hawks were just over 30 percent from the floor (7-of-23). Conner led all scorers in the half with nine.
Bethune-Cookman extended its lead to 39-24 on a long two by Reed with less than three minutes gone. The Hawks couldn't get the margin below 11 in the half. Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) got it to 11 at 41-30 with a jumper with 15:30 remaining. Hines had six points and a team-high four rebounds.
Reed and Holmes hooked up for an emphatic alley-oop with 9:08 to play for a 53-38 lead.
With 66 seconds to play, the Wildcats ballooned their advantage to 20, 68-48, on a Stanley three to put the cap on the game.
BCU shot 61.5 percent in the second half to end the game at 53.1 (26-of-49). The Hawks were outrebounded, 31-26.
UMES travels to Coppin State Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.