Despite some gridiron drama in Maryland, Wildcats defeat Morgan State


Bethune-Cookman stayed on top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with a 24-13 win last week over Morgan State in Baltimore, Md.

B-CU Coach Brian Jenkins and defensive back Dion Hanks were ejected from the game.

Krysa Gardner (2) goes up for a kill. Teammate Phylecia Armstrong (5) has her back against North Carolina Central. 9COURTESY OF B-CU)

Jenkins was ejected after berating the officials. Jenkins got into it with the referees after Hanks was ejected from the game for striking a Morgan State player.

Jenkins has been formally reprimanded by MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas for displaying “unsportsmanlike conduct.’’

Thomas said in a statement on Monday that “the conference expects all student-athletes, coaches, and athletic staff to demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during and after all athletic events.”

In addition to the reprimand, Jenkins will be fined an undisclosed amount.

During the game, Isidore Jackson ran for 111 yards and a touchdown that clinched the game with 1:40 to play for B-CU.

The Wildcats dominated the game statistically but penalties (14 for 164 yards) and three turnovers resulting into 13 points kept the Bears in the game.

B-CU ran for 259 yards. The Wildcats entered the game ranked 12th in the nation and first in the MEAC in rushing.

The Wildcats’ defense also came into the game leading the nation and conference in turnover margin, turnover differential and takeaways. They held Morgan State to 197 total yards and forced two turnovers.

Savannah next
Morgan State (3-6, 2-4) got within 17-13 on Earvin Gonzalez’ 38-yard field goal with 14:54 remaining.

Bethune-Cookman (7-2, 6-0) took a 17-10 lead on Broderick Waters touchdown run in the third quarter.

The Wildcats led 10-7 when Quentin Williams found Eddie Poole from five yards out in the first quarter. Williams finished with 124 (70 passing, 54 rushing) total yards.

Defensively, B-CU was led by Jarkevis Fields (nine total tackles), Duwad Lane (seven total tackles, one interception) and LaBrandon Richardson (six total tackles, one sack and one blocked field goal).

Robert Council threw for 121 and Travis Davidson was held to 46 yards rushing with a score for the Bears.

Calvin Fuller had 13 total tackles and Allen Stephens 11 for MSU.

The Wildcats travel to Savannah State next week. A win would clinch them at least a share of the MEAC title.

Basketball: Lady Wildcats win exhibition
Junior College transfer Chastity Rene Taylor scored 21 points to lead B-CU past Tampa 63-51 in an exhibition game at Moore Gymnasium this past week.

“Rene is a scorer. She did a good job following the scouting report. She also knocked down some shots that got us out of some jams,” said B-CU Coach Vanessa Blair.

Jasmine Evans added 11 points of the bench, Sharnese Neal eight points with seven rebounds and Terrenisha Hollis seven points with five boards for the Wildcats.

The Ladies open their season at home on Nov. 9 against Trinity Baptist.

Men’s Basketball: Adrien Coleman scored 33 points to lead Bethune-Cookman past Ave Maria in an exhibition game on Tuesday.

Paul Scotland added 17 points and Kevin Dukes 11 for the Wildcats. B-CU will open the season at St Bonaventure on November 9th.

Volleyball: Wildcats split home games
Senior Krysta Gardner tied a season high 21 kills and had a season high 19 digs to lead Bethune-Cookman past North Carolina A&T 3-2.

The win clinched a berth in the MEAC Tournament from Nov. 16-18 in Baltimore, Maryland for B-CU.

Jennifer Jimenez had seven digs and became the school’s all-time leader in that category (859) surpassing Monica Sanders (852). Monica Lowe also had a career high 48 assists with 11 digs for the Wildcats.

“The keys to success were my two seniors Krysta and Jeneen. Krysta led us offensively while Janeen paced us defensively,” said B-CU Coach, Isaac Raphael.

B-CU also got a career high nine kills with five blocks from Aria Cormier, eight kills from Phylecia Armstrong and seven kills from Janeen Davis.

Two days earlier the ‘Cats fell to North Carolina Central 3-0.

Gardner led the way with 16 kills and 12 digs and became the schools all-time leader in career service aces (127) in that game.

Jimenez added 10 digs and Lowe 29 assists for B-CU.

B-CU faced Jacksonville on Nov. 7. The Wildcats host Florida A&M on Nov. 11, the  regular season finale.

Bowling: Sandy cancels tournament
The No. 18 ranked Wildcats had their New Jersey Jamboree tournament in Elmwood Park, N.J., canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. The event was to be hosted by Fairleigh Dickerson University.
B-CU will next compete in the MEAC Southern Divisional Nov. 10-11 in DeLand.


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