Bethune-Cookman 66, South Carolina State 55
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Amaya Scott recorded a double-double — 17 points and 10 rebounds — and Kiana Williams added 11 points as Bethune-Cookman defeated South Carolina State 66-55 Monday evening in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
Scott has four double-doubles on the season.
B-CU (14-5, 6-1 MEAC) shot 41.1 percent (23-for-56) from the floor, despite struggling from 3-point range while holding the home-standing Bulldogs to just 32.7 percent (18-for-55) from the floor. The Wildcats also held a 43-36 edge on the glass.
The Wildcats led by just three at the break, 28-25, but they steadily grew the lead throughout the third quarter — going up by as many as 10 in the frame. A Camary Harris layup at the 1:41 mark put B-CU up 49-39.
Henaiya Moton gave S.C. State a 54-53 lead with 6:53 left to play, but that was the Bulldogs’ last field goal of the game and the Wildcats closed the game on a 13-1 run.
Moton led the Bulldogs (3-18, 2-5 MEAC) with 26 points.
Howard 66, Coppin State 54
BALTIMORE, Md. — Jayla Thornton dropped 23 points to lead Howard to a 66-54 win over Coppin State Monday evening in the Physical Education Complex.
Brooklyn Fort-Davis added 11 points in the win.
Howard (11-8, 3-3 MEAC) led by just one at the half, 24-23, but outscored the Eagles 27-7 in the third quarter to open up a 51-30 lead. Coppin State answered by outscoring Howard 24-15 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to close the game to within single digits.
The Bison shot 32.3 percent (20-for-62) from the floor and turned 23 Coppin State turnovers into 32 points. Howard also held a 48-42 edge in rebounding.
Chance Graham led Coppin State (0-19, 0-7 MEAC) with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Morgan State 55, Maryland Eastern Shore 44
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Chelsea Mitchell recorded her MEAC-leading eighth double-double of the season Monday evening as Morgan State defeated Maryland Eastern Shore 55-44 at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
Mitchell had 20 points and 14 boards, both game-highs, as the Lady Bears (10-11, 6-2 MEAC) won their fourth straight.
Ashia McCalla added 14 points.
Both teams shot 34 percent from the floor (UMES 34.5 percent, Morgan State 34.4) and neither team found much success from behind the arc. The difference came at the free-throw line, where the Lady Bears went 10-for-14 (. 714) — compared to 1-for-4 from UMES.
UMES led 27-21 at the half, thanks in large part to an 18-5 first quarter. But Morgan State outscored the Hawks 16-9 in the second period — before a 13-6 third quarter put Morgan State in the lead.
Taylor Clayborne led UMES (4-15, 1-5 MEAC) with 12 points.
Norfolk State 59, Florida A&M 51
NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk State won 59-51 in a close contest to Florida A&M at Echols Hall on Monday afternoon.
La’Deja James led all Spartans with 15 points, while also finishing with four rebounds, four assists, and five steals. Chanette Hicks finished with 12 points, adding four rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Mikaela Jones finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, her second game in a row in double figures.
Blaire Thomas and Danyael Goodhope each added eight points for Norfolk State. Armani Franklin made a big impact defensively off the bench, finishing the game with five steals.
The Spartans have won the first six conference games for the second year in a row, and are going to finish the month of January with a 6-0 record.
North Carolina A&T State 58, Delaware State 53
GREENSBORO, N.C. — With a 58-53 win over Delaware State Monday evening in the Corbett Sports Center, North Carolina A&T State snapped a two-game skid and handed the Hornets their second conference loss.
Mikaya Wilson led the Aggies (13-6, 5-2 MEAC) with a career-high-tying 18 points, while Jayla Jones-Pack had a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards. Le’on Hill had a team-high 13 rebounds.
While shooting 37.3 percent (22-for-59) from the floor, the Aggies held the Hornets to just 29.5 percent shooting (18-for-61). Delaware State was also done in by an 11-for-25 (44.0 percent) performance at the free-throw line.
With 3:53 left in the game, the Hornets led 45-43 after a Lyric Turner trey. Jones-Pack answered with a 3-point play 19 seconds later that put NCAT in the lead for good; in fact, the Aggies used that play to close the game on a 15-8 run.
Turner led Delaware State (7-11, 3-2 MEAC) with 15 points.