DAYTONA BEACH, Fl. — The theme for Saturday’s contest between the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and Florida College Falcons was simple.
Let it fly.
Bethune-Cookman and Florida College attempted 37 three-pointers apiece, and made a combined 19 attempts. Over half of the Falcons’ total shot attempts came from beyond the arc, while the Wildcats attempted 45.1% of their shots from long distance.
In their last outing, the Wildcats ended a three-game slide with an 87-78 win at home over the Grambling Tigers. They were looking to get back to .500 and keep their winning ways going with a win over the Falcons.
On their home floor, the Wildcats had five different players score in double figures against the Falcons, including a game-high 19 points from senior guard Brandon Tabb. Bethune-Cookman would never trail on the day, en route to the 95-67 win over Florida College to push their record back to the .500 mark.
Tabb recorded 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting. He accounted for 17 of the Wildcats’ 37 attempts from three point range, connecting on five of them.
Shawntrez Davis recorded his fourth double-double of the season, posting 16 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three blocks. Guard Isaiah Bailey stuffed the stat sheet, to the tune of 10 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.
For the Falcons, Jordan Benjamin, Zach Brock, and Darwin Morales recorded 10 points apiece to lead the way. Florida College shot 31.4% (22-of-70) from the field as a team.
Davis opened the scoring for the Wildcats within the first ten seconds of the game, and the home side had a double-digit lead before the game was four minutes old. A jumper from David Francis pushed the lead to 15-5 early on, and the Wildcats were off and running.
Their lead ballooned to 51-29 at the break, and reached as many as 33 points late in the second half. A three pointer from Bailey gave the Wildcats an 88-55 lead with under seven minutes to play, and they cruised to the 95-67 victory over the Falcons.
With the win, Bethune-Cookman (3-3) has now won back-to-back games, and are back to the .500 mark as the month of November winds down. The Wildcats close out the month of November with a road game against the Jacksonville Dolphins on Thursday night.
– T. Bennett