DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Parker Smith tied his season high with 22 points as North Florida held off Bethune-Cookman 71-65 Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Ospreys (2-4), coming off a 75-67 loss at Florida State, led by 17 with 3:47 remaining. The Wildcats (2-5) closed with a 16-5 run, capped by two consecutive 3-pointers by Kevin Dukes in the last 24 seconds.
Leading 10-9 early, North Florida pulled away with a 14-1 run. The Ospreys kept the lead in double-digits until the last 1:18, with Bethune-Cookman closing to 32-26 at the half.
Smith, who was averaging 4.2 treys per game, hit 6 of 9 from beyond the arc and Travis Wallace added 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Adrien Coleman led Bethune-Cookman with 21 points, including 11-of-18 shooting from the free-throw line, and 11 rebounds. Dukes finished with 16 points and Paul Scotland 11 in the second meeting between the programs.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|