Bethune-Cookman 60, NC Central 59
Garrius Holloman hit the game-winning jumper with 6 seconds
left, the only points in the game’s final 31/2 minutes, to propel
Bethune-Cookman past North Carolina Central 60-59 Thursday night in
the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals.
The fourth-seeded Wildcats (17-16) will play eighth-seeded
Hampton in the semifinals on Friday night. The Pirates beat
regular-season MEAC champ and tournament top seed Savannah State in
its quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday.
Holloman’s clinching basket came after N.C. Central’s leading
scorer Dominique Sutton (16 points) turned the ball over with 19
seconds left. That was Sutton’s second giveaway during a span of
the game’s final 3:39 in which the Eagles didn’t score after taking
a 59-58 lead on a Ray Willis jumper. The Eagles (17-15) missed
three treys during that stretch, while the Wildcats missed four
shots and a pair of free throws.
But they connected when it counted in the final seconds.