Maitland, Pope team to lead Bethune-Cookman to victory
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Malik Maitland and Cletrell Pope scored 20 points each and Bethune-Cookman defeated Florida A&M 67-54 on Saturday.
Maitland added seven assists and four steals while Pope grabbed 12 rebounds for his 19th double-double this season. The Wildcats (13-15, 8-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led 28-24 at halftime then shot 50 percent in the second half in outscoring the Rattlers (11-18, 8-6) by nine.
Justin Ravenel scored 19 points for Florida A&M, making 4 of 8 from the arc and contributing four steals.
Bethune-Cookman outscored the Rattlers 24-11 off turnovers and 32-14 in the paint in posting their 10th victory in a row over Florida A&M.
The Wildcats took the lead for good on a tip-in by Pope with 15:54 remaining.
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Updated February 23, 2019