It was senior night at FAMU and the Rattlers sent the senior class off right in their last game at Lawson Center with a 84-73 win over Bethune-Cookman.
The first half was a back-and forth affair that saw the lead change hands 10 times. FAMU would claim the lead at 28-27 off a D.J. Jones dunk with 4:55 remaining in the half. Florida A&M would end up taking a 39-31 advantage at the half.
Try as they might, the Wildcats could not completely close the gap, drawing to as close as 5 on four separate occasions but never any closer as FAMU maintained control of the contest, pushing their lead to as mush as 16 points at 75-59 with five minutes left to go via a Bryce Morgane free throw. Over the course of the ensuing five minutes the closest Bethune would shave the FAMU lead down would be nine before ultimately falling 84-73.
For FAMU, MJ Randolph led the Rattlers with 19 points, and moved into fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list.DJ Jones added 18 points on a very efficient 9-11 from the floor to go along with 7 rebounds and Kamron Reaves contributed 14 points on the afternoon.
Joe French and Marcus Garrett led Bethune-Cookman with 19 points apiece and Kevin Davis added 17 points and 4 rebounds. These were the only three WIldcat players in double figures.
Next up for the Rattlers will be the SWAC Basketball tournament on March 10.