Bethune Cookman beats South Carolina State 72-62

Bethune Cookman beats South Carolina State 72-62

Published Mar. 5, 2015 9:57 p.m. ET

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Ricky Johnson scored 21 points, Mikel Trapp had 19 and Bethune-Cookman beat South Carolina State 72-62 on Thursday.

The teams are tied for seventh in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference at 7-9.

Bethune-Cookman (11-20) scored the last 10 points of the first half - including 3-pointers from Trapp and Johnson - and led 36-32 at intermission.

A nine-point spurt for Bethune-Cookman midway through the second half put the Wildcats up 55-44, while South Carolina State went over five minutes scoreless. A seven-point run a little later made it a 13-point lead and the Bulldogs never recovered.


Johnson and Trapp combined to go 7 of 15 from beyond the arc.

Greg Mortimer led South Carolina State (10-21) with 18 points. Edward Stephens added 16 points and was 4 of 8 on 3-point attempts.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the floor.