Florida A&M men's Saturday afternoon matchup against Bethune Cookman wrapped up the Rattler-Wildcat double header at the Al Lawson Center in front of 6, 211 fans.
The Rattlers jumped out to an early 10 point lead in the first half getting to the basket at will.
The defense came out with an intense, physical focus early with consecutive defensive possessions without a score allowed giving them a 17-4 run.
Senior forward Malcolm Bernard was a force on offense in the game and led all scorers with 27 points, six rebounds and three assists. He was the only Rattler to score in double figures.
The momentum went back and forth between both teams as the first half came to a close. Rattlers went into halftime with a 28-24 lead behind Bernard's 11 first half points.
Rattlers started the second half with a quick 7-4 run but B-CU came back with one of its own to tie the game despite not having a single player score in double figures until late in the game
The game was close throughout the second half and came down to the final seconds where Bernard got the ball with eight seconds left on the clock, drove to the basket and put up an off-balanced layup that he missed. Rattlers are now on a five-game losing streak against the Wildcats
B-CU escaped with a 55-54 victory led by Ricky Johnson who finished with 12 points and Mario Moody who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. They were the only two to reach double figures.
Next game is Feb. 27 against North Carolina A&T University at 6 p.m.
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