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Ricky Johnson scores 21 points and Bethune-Cookman beats South Carolina State 72-62


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Ricky Johnson scored 21 points, Mikel Trapp had 19 and Bethune-Cookman beat South Carolina State 72-62 on Thursday.

The teams are tied for seventh in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference at 7-9.

Bethune-Cookman (11-20) scored the last 10 points of the first half — including 3-pointers from Trapp and Johnson — and led 36-32 at intermission.

A nine-point spurt for Bethune-Cookman midway through the second half put the Wildcats up 55-44, while South Carolina State went over five minutes scoreless. A seven-point run a little later made it a 13-point lead and the Bulldogs never recovered.

Johnson and Trapp combined to go 7 of 15 from beyond the arc.

Greg Mortimer led South Carolina State (10-21) with 18 points. Edward Stephens added 16 points and was 4 of 8 on 3-point attempts.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the floor.

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