JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For the first time in school history, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats have recorded four wins in the month of November alone.
They also have a winning record for the first time at the end of November, having played three or more games.
On Thursday night, junior forward Shawntrez Davis recorded his fifth double-double of the season to lead the Wildcats to the 77-66 road win over the Jacksonville Dolphins. Davis recorded 28 points, to lead all scorers on the night, and pulled down 10 rebounds in the victory.
chipped in with 16 points for the Wildcats. He was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the win. Isaiah Bailey added 14 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
Senior guard Brandon Tabb was held to just three points, on 1-of-16 shooting from the floor. His only make came from three point range, where he was 1-for-12 on the night.
For the Dolphins, freshman JD Notae led the way with a team-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds. Notae was 4-of-9 from three point range in the loss. Jace Hogan posted 17 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double in as many outings.
With 4:27 to play in the first half, Armani Collins hit a three pointer to give the Wildcats a 24-22 lead. They would stretch their lead to eight points at the break, and wouldn’t trail the rest of the evening.
Jacksonville managed to cut the deficit down to a single point in the second half, as a jumper from Radwan Bakkali with 6:31 to play cut the deficit down to 54-53. Bailey answered with a three ball on the next possession, and Maitland hit a pair of free throws to quickly push the lead back to six points.
The Wildcats weren’t seriously threatened the rest of the way, and pulled away down the stretch for the 77-66 victory.
Thursday night marked just the fourth win for the Wildcats over the Dolphins in 16 attempts. It was also their first meeting since 1999.
With the win, Bethune-Cookman (4-3) has now won four games in the month of November for the first time, and they are riding a three-game winning streak into the month of December. They close out a mini two-game road swing against the Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday night.
On the contrary, the loss was the second in three games for Jacksonville (3-5) after a two-game winning streak. The Dolphins will look to return to their winning ways on Saturday when they visit the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.
– T. Bennett