DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats came out of the gates strong on Saturday afternoon, and the Florida A&M Rattlers were never able to recover.
Bethune-Cookman had five players score at least 16 points, and they used an 11-0 out of the gate to put the Rattlers against the wall early. The Wildcats never trailed in their 99-81 win over Florida A&M on Saturday afternoon inside the historic Moore Gymnasium.
With the win, the Wildcats remain perfect in MEAC play, pushing their record to 4-0. The Rattlers fall to 1-3 in conference play, and have lost three straight.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Conference road wins are always sweet. But, when they come against your in-state rivals, they are that and so much more.
On Saturday afternoon, forward Moritz Wagner recorded a career-high 27 points to help lead the Michigan Wolverines to the 82-72 win over the fourth-ranked Michigan State Spartans inside the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI.
Following a loss to the Purdue Boilermakers in their last outing by a single point, the Wolverines have shown that they can compete with the best of the best in the Big Ten Conference, and pick up wins in the process. The win over the Spartans was their eighth victory over their past nine games, and gives them two straight wins over their rivals.
LONDON, Ont. — Make it nine straight victories for the London Lightning, who started the season with five losses over their first seven games.
Six players scored in double figures on Wednesday night for the Lightning, as they extended their winning to nine games with a 129-98 win over the visiting Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.
On the contrary, the Titans lost their fourth straight contest, and fell to 2-9 on the season. In their second season as a member of the NBL Canada, they have talented pieces on the roster, but haven’t been able to turn that into wins on the court.
ROCK HILL, SC. — Lovell Cabbil scored a team-high 19 points to go along with five assists, and Isaiah Williams hit a pair of free throws in the closing minute to seal the deal on a 73-70 win for the Liberty Flames over the Winthrop Eagles on Tuesday night.
Tuesday marked the first of two meetings between the Flames and the defending champions in the Big South Conference. Liberty was looking to keep pace atop the conference standings with the Radford Highlanders, while the Eagles were simply looking to get back to .500 in conference play.
Winthrop had Liberty’s number last season, sweeping the regular season series against the Flames with a pair of double-digit victories. The Flames had their sights set on some retribution on Tuesday on the Eagles’ home floor, and they didn’t disappoint.
While the Eagles would open up a 14-2 lead just over five minutes into the game, the Flames would claw their way back and neither team would lead by more than eight points the rest of the way. The game came down to the wire, and it was ultimately won at the free throw line.
With nine seconds left in the game, Williams grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled. He hit both free throws, giving Liberty the 71-70 lead. Ryan Kemrite would pad the lead with a pair of free throws with two ticks on the clock, and Liberty picked up the 73-70 victory on the road. Continue reading Late Free Throws Send Liberty Past Winthrop, 73-70→
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Don’t look now, but the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are tied atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings. The Wildcats used a second-half comeback to top the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks on Monday night, 89-84.
It marks the third straight win for Bethune-Cookman after a four game losing streak that brought them to the end of 2017.
In the MEAC preseason poll, the Wildcats were picked to finish ninth out of the 13 teams in the league. Through three games, Bethune-Cookman has proven the voters wrong, and look like a team that could very well take home the conference title come the end of February.
NORMAL, Ill. — After losing their four game losing streak in their last outing, the Illinois State Redbirds got some redemption on Sunday in their 72-68 win over the Missouri State Bears.
The Redbirds fell to the Drake Bulldogs in their last outing, bringing an end to their four game win streak. At home on Sunday, Illinois State was looking to start a new streak at the expense of Missouri State, who came into the day riding their own four game winning streak. Thanks to 23 points apiece from Phil Fayne and Milik Yarbrough, the Redbirds bounced back and held down their home court.
Missouri State gave the Redbirds a fight in the second half. After trailing by as many as 10 points in the second frame, the Bears managed to take a three-point lead of their own with under four minutes to play. Illinois State wouldn’t allow the Bears to pull ahead any further, and they retook the lead in the closing minutes to secure the 72-68 win on their home floor.