DETROIT -- Juwan Howard Jr. scored 15 points and Evan Bruinsma added 11 more while also grabbing 11 rebounds as University of Detroit Mercy coasted past Bethune-Cookman in a 73-53 win on Monday night.
The Titans (7-8) shot 50 percent from the field, enjoyed a 36-30 rebounding advantage and opened with a 16-3 run in building a lead that would never be challenged. Carlton Brundidge contributed 11 points, and Jarod Williams and Anton Wilson added 10 apiece in the win, which was Detroit's final non-conference game of the season.
Bethune-Cookman (2-14, 0-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) narrowed the gap early in the second half with an 18-6 run but couldn't catch up. The Wildcats were held to just 28 percent shooting from the field, hitting 13 of 47 and only 7 of 27 from behind the arc.
Malik Jackson led Bethune-Cookman with 18 points.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|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|