The SIAC wrapped up the 2017 portion of the basketball season on Saturday with a big slate of games. Here’s a look at how it all went down, the SIAC resumes action on New Year’s Day with five games.
Clark Atlanta 68 Spring Hill 66
Clark Atlanta University (12-1) found themselves trailing late in the second half at Spring Hill (2-10) and facing potentially its first loss in the SIAC. A dunk by William Loyd put Spring Hill up 56-53 with 4:32 remaining but CAU would pull through with some clutch free throw shooting for the win. Anthony Williams hit two free throws with four seconds remaining that diluted a three-point shot at the buzzer by Spring Hill. Jalen Mitchell led the Panthers and all scorers with 23 points in the win.
— ClarkAtlantaU🏀🏀 (@CAU_MBasketball) December 31, 2017
Claflin University 72 Central State 69
Claflin University (13-1) came close to dropping just its second game of the year in a close win on the road at Central State. A free throw by Chris Scott put CSU (4-8) up 68-67 with 47 seconds remaining but a Triston Thompson go-ahead three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining was the difference for Claflin.
— CSU Athletics (@GO_MARAUDERS) December 31, 2017
Miles College 74 Paine College 64
The Golden Bears of Miles College (2-8) picked up a win versus Paine College (2-10) on Saturday afternoon. Aron Stewart stacked the box score for Miles going 8 for 8 from the floor with 20 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
Benedict 83 Kentucky State 77
Second chance points were the difference as Benedict (11-3) went on the road to Kentucky State (3-11) for a nine-point win over the Thorobreds. The Tigers had a 13-4 advantage in second-chance points as they outrebounded KSU 42-33. Ray Croon’s 21 points led KSU and all scorers.
Battle debuts and Croon returns to account for a combined 33 points for the Thorobreds. https://t.co/Et15x4eeIh
— KSU Men's Basketball (@KYSUMBB) December 31, 2017
Albany State 73 Lane 72 OT
Albany State (1-13) and Lane College (4-6) gave the fans in Tennessee some extra basketball as the Golden Rams pulled off a one-point win in overtime. It was the first win of the year for Albany State. Kendarius Ash led all scorers with 23 points in a losing effort.
So word on street is… Jonathan Henderson had just one basket vs Lane… and it was a BIG one. He hit a three-pointer as overtime expired to deliver the Golden Rams their first win of the season ! 💙💛
— Golden Ram Athletics (@ASUGoldenRams) December 31, 2017
Fort Valley State 76 LeMoyne-Owen College 72