DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bethune-Cookman briefly took the lead after trailing by 12 at halftime, but North Carolina Central regained control and pulled away to a 65-51 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory Saturday in Moore Gym.
Trailing 33-21 to start the second half, the Wildcats (8-17 overall, 4-6 MEAC) took the lead on a pair of free throws by Brandon Stewart to make it 42-41 with 11:00 left.
Nimrod Hilliard scored on a layup to make it 46-42 and the Eagles pulled away down the stretch.
Stewart got the Wildcats within 48-47 on a lay-up with 7:23 remaining, but the Wildcats managed just four Ricky Johnson points down the stretch.
Among the top field goal shooters in the country (62 percent), Jordan Parks knocked down 6 of 7 shots from the field and was 4 of 5 from the free-throw line to lead the Eagles (19-6, 11-0) with 16 points.
Stewart had 17 and Johnson 13 to lead the Wildcats. Delino Dear made all three shots for six points and led the team in rebounding with nine.