JACKSONVILLE – Travis Elliott scored a career-high 14 points in Bethune-Cookman’s 68-64 loss to the University of North Florida (UNF) Saturday night.
The Wildcats (2-13) tied it at 64 on Clemmye Owens’s three-pointer with 10.6 seconds to play. UNF’s Beau Beech and Jalen Nesbitt each hit two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining to give the Ospreys (6-7) the victory.
Down 11, B-CU took a 49-47 lead on an Allan Dempster lay-up with 13:11 left. UNF pulled away from a 53-53 tie with a 9-0 run to make it 62-53 with 3:36 left.
Mikel Trapp, Elliott and Malik Jackson combined on 5-6 free throw shooting, than Owens hit a three as B-CU closed to 64-61 with 1:55 left.
17th road loss on road
Jackson finished with 12 points and a career-high eight rebounds, and Owens scored ten of his 12 in the second half. Trapp had 10.
Beech and Dallas Moore led North Florida with 15 points each.
The Wildcats have lost their last 17th straight road games dating back to a 60-52 win at South Carolina State on Jan. 19. That includes six MEAC games.
B-CU returns to action Dec. 30 at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Game notes: Owens had seven steals, tying him for fifth on the all-time single-game list…Jackson has been in double figures the last three games; this was the fourth time he’s led the team in rebounding … B-CU is 27-29 in games decided by five points or less since 2008 … Alumni in the stands included Bernard Hawk, B-CU football’s all-time passing leader and basketball standout Ronnie Weston, one of the program’s 28 1,000 point scorers.