Four games will highlight the semifinals of the 2013 SIAC Basketball Tournament played today at Frank L. Forbes arena on the campus of Morehouse College with the first game starting at 1 p.m.
In the first of the four game slate, #1E Benedict, winners of the SIAC East Division, will play #2W Kentucky State at 1 p.m. The Thorobrettes defeated Paine 73-70 and were led by Sharnita Lloyd’s 24 points. Benedict defeated #5E Albany State 64-55 on Wednesday afternoon to advance to the semifinal round.
Immediately following the Benedict/Kentucky State matchup will be a classic semifinals game between #1W Tuskegee, Champions of the West Division, against #2E Morehouse, Co-Champions of the East Division. In its quarterfinals contest yesterday afternoon, Morehouse hit consecutive free throws and had a strong stop on the defensive end to defeat #3W Kentucky State 73-71. Tuskegee defeated Claflin 75-67 in its quarterfinals matchup on Thursday and were led by Calvin Thomas and Javier McKinney, who each scored 16 points.
#2E Clark Atlanta will face #4E Fort Valley State in the first semifinals game of the evening. Defending SIAC Champion Fort Valley State kept their postseason run alive when Jayme Gilbert raced 94-feet to score the winning basket in the Wildcats 73-71 upset victory over Tuskegee, a team that was unbeaten against SIAC competition. Clark Atlanta used a comfortable lead that was secured from the opening tip to defeat #6E Claflin 67-63 in its quarterfinals matchup.
The final game of the evening will feature a SIAC East Division matchup of #1E Benedict squaring off against #3E Paine. Benedict, Co-Champions of the SIAC East Division, used a second half run to defeat Albany State in the quarterfinals 72-52, while Paine, also sparked by a second-half run, defeated Stillman 86-64 last evening to advance to the semifinals.
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Semifinals-Friday, March 1, 2013
Game 18 #1E Benedict v. #2W Kentucky State 1:00 p.m.
Game 19 #1W Tuskegee v. #2E Morehouse 3:15 p.m.
Game 20 #4E Fort Valley State v. #2E Clark Atlanta 5:30 p.m.
Game 21 #1E Benedict v. #3E Paine