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