ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Matthew Hezekiah, who scored 19 points, hit two go-ahead free throws with 12.7 seconds left in overtime to lift South Carolina State past Bethune-Cookman 69-67 Monday night.
Bethune-Cookman (2-19, 0-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) jumped out to a 29-10 lead in the first half and led 38-25 at halftime.
The Bulldogs (6-12, 2-3) crawled back in the second half and Hezekiah hit a jumper with 1:27 remaining to force overtime.
Hezekiah tied the score at 67 in overtime with a layup at the 1:46 mark. Following a missed 3-pointer and layup by the Wildcats, Hezekiah sank two from the line for the final margin. Clemmye Owens couldn't connect on a 3-pointer as time expired.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
|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|