Senior forward Omar Sanders tossed in 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Brandon Riley added 18 but it wasn't enough as Bethune-Cookman completed the season sweep with a 70-59 victory Saturday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
SC State falls to 5-21 overall, 0-12 MEAC, while Bethune-Cookman improves to 13-14 overall, 9-3 in the league.
The Wildcats had four players in double figures with senior Anthony Breeze leading the way with a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, while teammate Kevin Dukes added 13. Senior forward Garrius Holloman and junior Javoris Bryant each chipped in 10 in the victory.
"I thought we had the same issue as before we are getting great shots in the middle but we just can't finish," said SC State head coach Tim Carter. "Bottom line we are just really struggling trying to get any offense from anybody."
The first half was close throughout with the Bulldogs leading by six, 19-13, off a pair of free-throws by freshman Luka Radovic at the 11:35 mark. Bethune-Cookman tied the game, 31-31, with a jumper by Bryant with 1:44 left.
SC State closed out the first half with a 33-32 lead.
Breeze took control of the second half giving Bethune-Cookman a seven point advantage, 53-46, off a tip-in at the 8:29 mark. Holloman tossed in a pair of free-throws to give BC-U their largest lead of the 10, 62-52 with 5:02 left.
Freshman guard Devin Joint nailed a 3-pointer with 2:40 left in regulation to cut the lead to seven, 62-55. Breeze's jumper with 0:35 seconds left sealed the victory for the Wildcats. Bethune-Cookman held on to al 70-59 victory over SC State.
Junior point guard Khalif Toombs added 12 points in five assist in the loss for the Bulldogs.
Carter stated, "We are not getting production from our post players. We have a few players struggling to make baskets and get rebounds."
SC State will return to action on Monday when they host FAMU in a crucial Mid-Eastern Athletic showdown. Tipoff is 5:30 for women, with the men immediately after.