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Late 3-pointer lifts Clark Atlanta to SIAC Tournament title

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Late 3-pointer lifts Clark Atlanta to SIAC Tournament title

(CAU Twitter photo)

BIRMINGHAM– At least one Atlanta team was able to take home the big one in 2017. Clark Atlanta came up with a 64-62 win over Fort Valley State on Saturday night to claim the 2017 men’s SIAC basketball title in Bill Harris Arena.

Chuka Eneh hit the game-winning 3-point shot with just under 20 seconds remaining and Fort Valley’s game-winning attempt fell short, giving CAU its fifth SIAC title in school history and its first since 2011.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js “He made a big shot,” CAU coach Darrell Walker said after the game. “I’m glad he didn’t let me effect his concentration because that was a heck of a shot to put us on this stage right here.”

CAU’s win brings its record 21-11 and clinched the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Not bad for a team that won just nine games last year and had no players on the All-SIAC team.

“They’ve been pushed, they’ve been prodded…and I can’t say some other things that has been done to them,” Walker joked. “But they accepted it. Sometimes guys don’t want to buy in, but they bought in.”

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