B-CU ROUNDUP

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Basketball team looking for consistency

BY ANDREAS BUTLER
DAYTONA TIMES

The Wildcats clawed their way to a 85-72 win over the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) opponent Webber International at Moore Gymnasium on Saturday.

Adrien Coleman

Adrien Coleman scored 18 points with 15 rebounds and 10 assists to get the first recorded triple double in history for B-CU.

“I feel like it was a good all-around game. We played as a team and shared the ball, but we could have played better defensively,” said Coleman.

Alex Smith posted career highs in points (24) and rebounds (10) with a game high four blocks while Marc Mack had a career high 10 points for the Wildcats.

“I felt like I had to step up especially with J.B. (Javoris Bryant) fouling out. I was recruited to block shots,” Smith remarked.

The Warriors put up a fight and led for most of the first. They led 15-8 after a three pointer by Tyler Auerbacher with 13:53 to go in the half.

“I warned them that Webber would be ready to play. We didn’t have a big crowd with the semester being over. If you are a championship team, you are ready no matter what,” said Gravelle Craig, B-CU’s head basketball coach.

Warriors fight for it
B-CU (4-6) took a 37-35 lead after a three pointer from Kevin Dukes with 2:22 to go in the first half. The Wildcats led 70-57 after a jumper by Mack with 8:18 remaining.

Bethune-Cookman’s Javoris Bryant (11) is defended by Stetson’s Willie Green (3) in a recent game. The Wildcats have won two straight games and are looking to get on a roll. (COURTESY OF B-CU SPORTS INFORMATION)

Webber International (4-5) got within 70-63 after a three from Brian Pace with 5:47 to play.

Pace had a game-high 31 points and made 5-for-7 three pointers. He had 20 points at intermission. Jakeem Hill added 12 points with six boards for the Warriors.

Paul Scotland had 14 points and Dukes added 10 for B-CU.

The Wildcats played the University of Central Florida on Dec. 12, which is after the Daytona Times deadline. Visit www.daytonatimes.com for a game recap.

Coleman honored
Adrien Coleman was named MEAC Player of the Week on Monday.

Coleman is currently leading the MEAC in scoring averaging 18.8 points per game and is second in rebounding with 5.3 per contests.

He recently received national recognition on ESPN.  Following a win over Stetson on Nov. 3 where Coleman scored 29 points, he was named National “Player of the Night’’ by ESPN.com’s Jeremy Lundblad in his stats and info blog on Dec. 4.

Plagued by injuries
Through 10 games, B-CU has played some tough opponents. The Wildcats have been in position to win some close games that they have lost.

Five of the Wildcats six losses have come by 10 points or less. B-CU lost to Kent State (69-68), St, Bonaventure (65-55), Tulane (65-55), North Florida (71-65) and rival Florida A&M (75-67).

Several players are nursing injuries, including guards Ricky Johnson and Mikel Trapp and center Mark Respress.

“Injuries have slowed us. I would like to be at .500 right now. We have played consistently inconsistent. We must fight through it, play hard, rebound, outwork other teams and become consistent,” Craig stated.

Challenges ahead
B-CU still has some tough games coming up. After UCF, the Wildcats will face powerhouse Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania in a game that will air live on ESPN3.com.

The Wildcats host Youngstown State on Dec. 21, then travel to Louisiana State on Jan. 5 and Florida International on Jan. 7 before heading into conference play on Jan. 12.

“We have no choice but to compete or lose by 50 points. I’m not worried. We will be ready to play,” responded Craig.

Football honors:  Hackney All-American
Sophomore offensive lineman Terrance Hackney is now a member of two All-American teams. On Monday, he was named to The Sports Network FCS All-American Third Team offense.

On Dec. 5, Hackney was named to Beyond Sports Network FCS’s All-American third team offense.

Signings
The Wildcats softball program announced on Dec. 8 that it has signed five players to national letters of intent.

Kaitlin Alamprese (Don Antonio Lugo High School, Chino, Calif.); Bailey Conner (La Costa Canyon High School, Encinitas, Calif.); Courtnee Laughlin (Colton High School, Colton, Calif.); Jessica Valenzuela (Aquinas High School, San Bernardino, Calif.) and Destinee Williams (Heritage High School, Brentwood, Calif.) will join the three-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Wildcats for the 2014 season.

The women’s basketball team signed Guard Alea Godfrey to a national letter of intent for the 2013-14 season. Godfrey plays for Crosby high in Texas. As a junior she averaged 19.3 points, 11 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 4.6 assists per game.

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