Ricky Johnson, a 5-foot-9 point guard, added a career-high 11 rebounds with nine points for the Wildcats (7-12, 2-2).
Bethune-Cookman, which came in having lost four of its past five games, took a 26-24 halftime lead despite shooting 29.6 percent from the field (8 of27). The Wildcats improved to 44 percent (11 of 25) in the second half, building a 10-point lead with 12:53 left.
South Carolina State climbed back within two, trailing 49-47 with 4:14 left. Mark Mack hit two free throws and Dukes dunked to end the threat. Dukes is now two points shy of 1,000 career points.
Khalif Tombs scored 16 points to lead South Carolina State (4-13, 0-4), which has lost 10 straight games, the previous eight on the road.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.
|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|