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.