Pettus leads Bethune-Cookman to 54-50 win over North Carolina A&T

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP)—Dewayne Pettus scored 18 points and Jimmy Hudson added 17 to lead Bethune-Cookman past North Carolina A&T, 54-50, in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball action Monday night.

Ed Jones scored 11 points to lead the visiting Aggies (12-11, 6-4). He was the only A&T player in double figures.

Bethune-Cookman (10-14, 4-6) led from start-to-finish. Pettus and Hudson led the way as the Wildcats moved to their largest lead of the game, 21-10, with 9:59 showing before halftime. Bethune-Cookman settled for a five-point edge at intermission, 29-24.

In the second half, A&T twice sliced the margin to one point. The Aggies trailed by 42-41 with 6:51 left and by 44-43 with 4:45 to go. Despite a couple of opportunities, they could not tie or take the lead.

John Holmes hit two free throws with 24 seconds left to provide Bethune-Cookman a 51-44 cushion.

When A&T’s Austin Ewing hit a three-pointer to close the difference to two points, 51-49, with 5.8 seconds left, Pettus followed by making three-of-four free throws to seal the victory.

It was only the fourth win for the Wildcats in their last 11 games.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 N.C. A&T
Ed Jones Ed Jones
5-10,  11 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Bethune-Cookman
Dewayne Pettus Dewayne Pettus
7-10,  18 Pts
4 Rebs, 4 Assists

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