Bethune-Cookman showed up in Greensboro looking for two wins, while both A&T programs were looking to hold on to strong winning streaks.
Both programs accomplished half their missions Saturday in the Corbett Sports Center. The BCU women beat A&T 69-54, handing the home team its second-straight MEAC loss in a row after winning 28 straight regular season conference matchups prior to Monday night’s loss at Morgan State.
Amaya Scott led the way for BCU with a game-high 23 points on 11-for-13 shooting as the visitors shot a blazing 46.3 percent from the the field.
The Wildcats held the Aggies to 32.3 percent from the field.
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The A&T men were more successful protecting their home court, but just barely. A&T came away with a 98-95 win over BCU that wasn’t decided until the final seconds.
A&T took an 88-86 lead on an Andre Jackson 3-pointer with with 3:34. It would stretch the lead to as much as five with 37 seconds to go, but BCU managed to cut the lead to 96-95 with seven seconds ego to go.
Fred Cleveland’s free throws with six seconds left extended the lead, and a steal by Kameron Langley ended the Wildcats hopes.
Five Aggies finished with double digits in scoring, led by the Jackson and Jackson duo of Andre (18 points) and Ronald (17 points and 12 rebounds). Langley had a double-double with 16 points and 12 assists to go along with five steals in the win.
Isaiah Bailey of Bethune-Cookman led all scorers with 24 points and added seven rebounds while Cletrell Pope scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in the loss.
The win kept A&T in second place with a 5-1 MEAC record (9-12 overall) while BCU fell to 3-3 in conference play.