Bethune-Cookman beats NC Central 73-60, wins MEAC

C.J. Reed scored 23 points and Stanley Elliott added 16 to carry Bethune-Cookman past North Carolina Central 73-60 on Monday night.

The Wildcats (19-11) learned at halftime that they had wrapped up their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title since joining the league in 1980-81, by virtue of Morgan State's 68-60 loss to North Carolina A&T.

Bethune-Cookman, whose six-game winning streak is its longest since the 1988-89 season, will enter next week's MEAC tournament as the No. 1 seed and will have a first-round bye.

Kevin Dukes' 13 points, plus 11 from Alexander Starling, helped the Wildcats put away North Carolina Central (14-14).

Landon Clement scored 18 points and C.J. Wilkerson 17 for the Eagles, who trailed by seven at halftime and never got closer than six in the second half.