Hamilton leads Warner Southern in 37-26 win over Bethune-Cookman

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP)—Brandon Hamilton scored 19 points and Tommy Kleinschnitz added 11 as Warner Southern defeated Bethune-Cookman 66-59 on Saturday.

Five of Hamilton’s seven baskets were 3-pointers, as he carried the Royals, an NAIA school, past the Wildcats, an NCAA Division I program. It was the season-opener for Bethune-Cookman, while Warner Southern improved to 3-0.

John Holmes paced the Wildcats, scoring a game-high 23 points by hitting all six of his field goal tries and nailing 11 of 15 free throw attempts. Jordan Carrier scored 12 points and Jimmy Hudson contributed 10 for Bethune-Cookman.

Hamilton, who also led the Royals with eight rebounds, staked Warner Southern to an early lead by hitting three 3-point shots in the first four minutes of the game. Those baskets helped the Royals lead 13-2 with 15:36 left in the first half.

Then Holmes gradually led the Wildcats back to within range, with the difference 34-31 at halftime.

Holmes continued his scoring early in the second half, taking Bethune-Cookman on a 10-5 run that produced a 41-39 Wildcat edge—their first lead of the game. But they couldn’t hold it, as Warner Southern’s Adam Branch led the Royals back to the front with a 15-4 run. That gave Warner a 54-45 lead with 9:58 to play.

Bethune-Cookman, which committed 26 turnovers, could never get closer than three points the rest of the way.

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