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Reggie Lewis scored 17 points to lead the Rattlers.
Reggie Lewis scored 17 points to lead the Rattlers.
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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
FAMU Drops 67-65 Battle To B-CU in Overtime
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 2) - Bethune-Cookman's Ricky Johnson nailed a running jumper with one second left in overtime to give the Wildcats a 67-65 win over the Florida A&M men's Basketball team, here Saturday afternoon at their basketball homecoming at Historic Moore Gymnasium on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University.

FAMU coach Clemon Johnson was proud of the way his players fought the entire game. "The performance was there. We had a cold spurt there around the 12-minute mark where we couldn't put the ball in the hole. They made their run and we tried to call a couple of timeouts to stop them. Unfortunately, they tied the game up but we didn't give up. We fought our way through it. The only negative thing is we lost the ballgame, but we gave everything we had," Johnson said.

FAMU grabbed an early 15-6 first half lead on back-to-back three pointers by Jamari Bradshaw and Reggie Lewis with 13:51 left in the first. The Rattlers pushed their lead to 25-12 on a Lewis three-pointer with 7:39 left in the first, capping a 10-6 run by FAMU. FAMU would go into the break with a 31-20 lead as they finished the first half shooting 48.0 percent (12-of-25), while B-CU shot 32.0 percent (8-of-25).

The Rattlers had four players to score in double figures as Reggie Lewis scored a team high 17 points, followed by Jamie Adams with 15 and D`Andre Bullard with 11. Trey Kellum rounded out the cast of Rattlers in double-figures, carding a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

B-CU was paced by Johnson as he scored a game-high 25 points, followed by Adrian Coleman with 16 and Javoris Bryant with 11 points and eight rebounds.

FAMU finished the game shooting 43.4 percent (25-of-53), while B-CU shot 42.6 percent ( 23-of-54).

B-CU erased an 11-point first half deficit as they took the lead on a Bryant put back, giving the Wildcats a 42-41 lead with 8:47 left in the game, capping a 23-10 run by.

Kellum tied the contest for FAMU at 45-45 on a pair of free throws with 5:15 left in the game.

B-CU would take a 52-47 lead on a pair of Coleman free throws with 2:18 left in the game, capping a 7-2 run by the Wildcats.

FAMU used a 6-1 run as Kellum split a pair of free throws to knot things up at 57, sending the contest into overtime. The Rattlers scored the first basket of overtime to take a 59-57 lead on a Bradshaw layup with 3:59 to go in the overtime period.

B-CU would take a 63-61 lead on a Coleman layup, then extend their lead to 65-62 on a pair of Bryant free throws with :37 left in the overtime.

FAMU would tie the game at 65-65 as D`Andre Bullard nailed a long range three-pointer with 12.2 seconds remaining in the overtime. From there, Johnson's improbable shot would be the difference.

The Wildcats increase their record to 9-14 and 4-4 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, while the Rattlers lower their record to 6-16 and 3-5 in conference play.

The Rattlers have no time to dwell o this loss Johnson said. The Rattlers prepare for a weekend swing in North Carolina that will require their best efforts. "The first thing we're going to do to prepare for this upcoming series is look at the game film. We weren't ready for these upcoming teams when we faced them earlier in the year, as we were just coming off a tough stretch of road games playing the bigger schools and our legs were tired. The first thing we want to do is make sure we have legs for this trip. We want to get an understanding of what they did to us and what we need to do to adjust to it and be better prepared to play the next ballgame," Johnson said.

The Rattlers return to action on Sat., Feb.9 s they take on the Eagles of North Carolina Central in Durham, N.C. in a 4 p.m. start.

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