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.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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|