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.