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RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore edges Bethune-Cookman in overtime, 82-81

Bakari Copeland (above) and Ryan Andino (top) scored 22 points apiece on Monday night, and Maryland-Eastern Shore overcame a five-point deficit at halftime to edge Bethune-Cookman in overtime, 81-80. (Source: Maryland-Eastern Shore Basketball)
Bakari Copeland (above) and Ryan Andino (top) scored 22 points apiece on Monday night, and Maryland-Eastern Shore overcame a five-point deficit at halftime to edge Bethune-Cookman in overtime, 81-80. (Source: Maryland-Eastern Shore Basketball)
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Little did we know at the start of the season, but the race for the MEAC crown is shaping up to be one of the more exciting ones in the country.

Heading into Monday’s action, as many as eight teams looked to have a realistic shot at the title. Some teams have stronger chances than others, but anything can happen on any given night. While only  one team had a winning record overall on the year, the level of parity in the league from one through ten is what makes the race that enticing.

Down in Princess Anne on Monday, two teams that were looking to move up in the standings squared off. The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks were looking to stay in the top half of the standings, while the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats were looking to play spoiler and move up the standing themselves.

The Wildcats got hot towards the end of the first half and took a five point lead into the break. In the second, the Hawks fought their way back into the game, and forced overtime.

A pair of free throws in the final minute of the extra frame by Bakari Copeland gave the Hawks a slim 82-61 lead. The Wildcats had the last shot of the game, but it was off the mark, and the Hawks escaped with the one-point win at home over Bethune-Cookman. Continue reading RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore edges Bethune-Cookman in overtime, 82-81

RECAP: Second half comeback leads Stetson to 76-67 win over Bethune-Cookman in Volusia County Rivalry game

On Wednesday night, Stetson and Bethune-Cookman met for the 30th time in the Volusia County Rivalry. Photo Sources: Bernard Miller - BCU Athletics)
On Wednesday night, Stetson and Bethune-Cookman met for the 30th time in the Volusia County Rivalry. (Photo Sources: Bernard Miller – BCU Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Wednesday night marked the 30th installment of the Volusia County Rivalry between the Stetson Hatters and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. In a rare mid-week non-conference battle in the midst of rigorous conference action, both teams came into the night looking for a momentum-building win.

There were several intriguing story lines coming into the match-up.

The Hatters held a commanding 23-6 advantage in the series coming into the night, but lost the last meeting between the two schools. Last season, the Hatters and Wildcats met on a pair of occasions, with each team winning once. Bethune-Cookman knocked off the Hatters in DeLand, 96-94.

A win on Wednesday would be the 10th win for the Hatters, and would eclipse their regular season win total from all of last season.

Following the post-season, Stetson finished at 12-22.

Lastly, sophomore forward Derick Newton came into the night needing just 14 points to pass the 1,000 mark for his young career.

With all of the additional story lines coming into the game, fans were in for a treat. Both teams did not disappoint, and it was yet another close encounter between the two instate rivals.

Despite falling behind by six at the break, Stetson came out in the second half looking to make up ground and take over the game. Behind the play of Newton and Divine Myles, the Hatters outscored the Wildcats by 15 points, and held on down the stretch for the 76-67 win. Continue reading RECAP: Second half comeback leads Stetson to 76-67 win over Bethune-Cookman in Volusia County Rivalry game

Stetson, Bethune-Cookman set to renew Volusia County Rivalry on Wednesday night

Jeffrey Altidort and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Hatters on Wednesday night.
Jeffrey Altidort and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Hatters on Wednesday night.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The cities of Daytona Beach and Deland are separated by a mere 24-mile drive down the US-92 E. Both are located in beautiful Volusia County, and are each home to a Division I university.

On Wednesday night, the two school add another chapter to their rivalry, as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats welcome the Stetson Hatters to Daytona Beach for a rare non-conference date to kick off February.

While the rivalry doesn’t garner much attention on a national scale, it has provided fans of both programs some excitement, and the occasional stressful moment, in recent years.

Last season, the teams squared off on a pair of occasions. Stetson knocked off the Wildcats in Las Vegas as a part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Thanksgiving Night, 83-70.

Then, in an instant classic inside the Edmunds Center in Deland, the Wildcats evened the season series with a 96-94 win over the Hatters.

Wednesday night’s tilt marks the 30th meeting between the two schools, and the Hatters hold a commanding 23-6 lead in the series. Both teams are looking for a big win to give themselves some positive momentum as they march towards the post-season, but only one will come out on top. Continue reading Stetson, Bethune-Cookman set to renew Volusia County Rivalry on Wednesday night