BALTIMORE -- Michael Murray had 16 points, 14 rebounds and five assists as Coppin State held off Bethune-Cookman 69-61 Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Eagles (8-23, 5-11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) have won three of their last four after a seven-game skid.
Trailing 63-53, the Wildcats stormed back with Kevin Dukes hitting consecutive 3-pointers in a 23-second span to trim the deficit to four with 1:05 remaining. Coppin State made 6 of 6 free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal it.
Dukes led Bethune-Cookman (12-19, 7-9) with 18 points, hitting 4 of 12 from deep to win the MEAC 3-point title, while teammate Adrien Coleman, with 15 points, won the league scoring title. Javoris Bryant contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds.
NCAA title game hero Kris Jenkins said he will withdraw his name from the NBA draft and return to Villanova for his senior season.
Andy Katz breaks down the likelihood of Villanova, Syracuse, North Carolina or Oklahoma making a run to the Final Four next season.
Florida State has announced that Xavier Rathan-Mayes will return to the court for his junior season. The 6-foot-4 guard declared for the NBA draft last month but did not hire an agent.
|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|