SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mario Moody had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds as Bethune-Cookman beat South Carolina State 69-54 in its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opener Monday in Moore Gym.
Randy Holmes and Diamante Lewis each added 13, with Lewis scoring seven on the Wildcats’ 10-0 run that started the game. Holmes also posted a double-double, snagging 11 rebounds.
Quinton Forrest added 10 points as Bethune-Cookman (4-4 overall, 1-0 MEAC) won its conference opener for the first time since 2011.
After the 10-0 run, the Wildcat defense blocked more South Carolina State (4-5,1-1) shots (seven) than the Bulldogs made (six) en route to a 27-13 halftime lead.
Four Holmes free throws pushed the Wildcat lead to 31-13 in the opening minute of the second half. South Carolina State got as close as 50-40 on a Greg Mortimer three-pointer with 7:39 left, but a 15-5 run gave Bethune-Cookman a 65-45 lead with 3:06 left on a LaRon Smith jumper.
Tashombe Riley scored 12 points, Eric Eaves 11 and Ed Stephens 10 points for the Bulldogs.
The Wildcats are 4-4 after eight games. The Wildcats face Akron Saturday.