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.

Bethune-Cookman Athletics



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