DENTON, Texas -- Roosevelt Smart had 22 points to lead North Texas to a 90-78 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night.
North Texas (2-1) hit 50 percent (30-60) from the floor while holding the Wildcats to 28-of-73 (38 percent) shooting. Bethune-Cookman knocked down two more 3-pointers but the Mean Green made 25 of 37 free throws while the Wildcats made 15 of 23.
Bethune-Cookman took an early lead but the Mean Green quickly recovered to go up 20-12 midway of the first half to take a 42-33 lead into the break. North Texas stretched the advantage to 61-36. Bethune-Cookman closed to 82-74 with 1:36 left but Smart responded with eight straight points.
Brandon Tabb had 20 points to lead the Wildcats (1-2).
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|North Carolina A&T||13-3||1||19-13|
|North Carolina Central||10-6||4||18-16|
|South Carolina State||5-11||9||8-26|