Winthrop (15-9, 9-4 Big South) led 32-21 at halftime, the ninth straight time the Eagles had a lead on the Blue Hose at the break. Presbyterian scored the first seven points out of intermission and after a 3-point play by Cooks, scored nine straight to take a 37-35 lead. J.C. Younger had nine points in the 16-3 run.
Younger's 3 tied the game midway through the second half but Cooks and Pickett combined for seven straight and Cooks had four more as that turned into a 16-2 run and a 56-42 lead with 4 1/2 minutes to go.
Younger and Reggie Dillard both scored 12 points for the Blue Hose (10-16, 3-10).
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
Guard Miles Wilson has been dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes' men's basketball program for failing to meet team expectations.