DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Malik Jackson scored a career-high 27 points to snap a 17-game losing streak and lead Bethune-Cookman to a 69-63 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore Saturday.
Jackson shot 8 of 10 from the field and hit five 3-pointers as the Wildcats won their first Mid-Eastern Athletic conference game of the season. Clemmye Owens added 20 points and four 3-pointers for Bethune-Cookman (3-19, 1-6), which combined for 12-of-22 shooting behind the 3-point arc.
The Wildcats trailed 32-25 at the half, but outscored the Hawks 44-31 in the final 20 minutes. Isaac Smith III hit a jumper with a minute remaining to pull Maryland-Eastern Shore within four, but two free throws from Jackson and another from Travis Elliot finalized the outcome.
The Hawks (2-15, 0-5) have lost 13 in a row and are still looking for their first conference win.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.
College basketball fans should be excited about next season's Jimmy V Classic, an event that will feature Duke's heralded freshman class.
|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|