DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Adrien Coleman posted 18 points, 15 boards, and dished out 10 assists for the first triple-double in school history as Bethune-Cookman defeated Webber International of the NAIA 85-72 Saturday.
Coleman leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in scoring (18.9) and ranks third in rebounding (7.6). The 6-foot-5 forward has reached double-digits in points for 13 consecutive games dating back to last season.
Alex Smith led Bethune Cookman with 24 points and 10 rebounds, both career-highs. Paul Scotland had 14 and Kevin Dukes and Marc Mack tallied 10 apiece for the Wildcats, who shot 41.7 percent (10 of 24) from deep in the win.
Bethune-Cookman led 39-36 at intermission but opened the second half with a 17-9 run to take a 56-45 lead and pull away.
The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 50-38 and forced 23 turnovers.
Brian Pace had 31 points for Webber International, which counted the game as an exhibition.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.
|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|