Game 1:Lions hold off aggressive rally from Magicians (Men)
#3E Paine 75, #6W LeMoyne-Owen 73
Box Score

Atlanta, GA-Mario Jordan led all scorers with 21 points, and was one of four Paine College players to score in double figures, as the Lions held off an aggressive rally in the final minutes to defeat LeMoyne-Owen College by a final score of 75-73 in the first game of the second day of the 2013 SIAC Basketball Tournament on Tuesday.

#3E Paine, (13-14), advanced to the quarterfinals to face the winner of #2W Stillman and #7E Clark Atlanta in the quarterfinals, Thursday evening at 7:45 p.m. . Paine finished with a 3-0 record against both of these opponents in the regular season, which included a two-game sweep of the Panthers.

The Magicians (final record of 6-21) trimmed the lead all the way down to a single point with three-tenths of a second left, but missed two three-pointers that would have tied the game with under 20 seconds remaining.

Lamada Williams had the opportunity to trim the lead down to a point with significantly more time on the clock, but missed the front end of a pair of free throws with 8.9 seconds left. He finished the game with 15 points for LeMoyne-Owen, and was one of three Magicians to score in double figures. Shad O’Garro led the team with 18 points, and Edwin Shorter contributed the second double-double of the tournament in a losing effort, with 14 points and ten rebounds.

After building up a 38-31 lead in the first half, Paine led much of the second half by double figures, but was outscored in the second half despite shooting a steady 55 percent from the floor that was identical to what they shot for the entire game (55.1 percent).

Although the Magicians shot just 42.9 percent from the field after halftime (and 45.2 percent for the game), they put up 15 more shots than the Lions (35 to 20 after halftime) and actually made more baskets than their opponent (15 to 11 after halftime). That formula, combined with nearly identical turnover totals (13 for Paine and 12 for LeMoyne-Owen) nearly led to the comeback victory.

The victory for the Lions marks the second consecutive tournament game that a cross-division rival in the SIAC was able to earn retribution from an unfavorable result in the regular season matchup. The Lions were defeated by LeMoyne-Owen on Jan. 10 by a score of 58-48. Kedric Taylor led the team with 14 points in that losing effort, and he again managed to score in double figures in today’s contest, with 11 points.

Game 2: Monster run after halftime sparks comeback for Lady Lions (Women)
#3E Paine 59, #6W LeMoyne-Owen 45
Box Score

Atlanta, GA-After trailing by 12 points at halftime, Paine College went on a massive 33-5 run over the first 16 minutes of the second half to rally for a 59-45 win over LeMoyne-Owen College in first round action of the 2013 SIAC Basketball Tournament.

Ashley Watts scored 15 of her 25 points in the second half for the#3E Lady Lions, and teammates Lashonda Canty (13 points) and Kiara Farley (10 points) also scored in double figures. Laurien Williamson and Ashley Attaway each had 12 points for #6W LeMoyne in the losing cause.

The Lady Lions shot a blistering 55.6 percent from the field in the second half after shooting just a paltry 17.9 percent in the game’s first 20 minutes. Paine’s shooting percentage for the game was 33.3 percent. LeMoyne Owen had the opposite problem, catching fire in the opening half before being unable to buy a bucket after halftime. They shot nearly 40 percent from the field (39.6), but relied on 53.6 percent shooting from the field in the opening half before their total plummeted to 20 percent in the second half.

To sum up how brutal Paine’s opening half was, a look at the first half box score reveals that seven Lady Lions played a minimum of at least two minutes scoring individual totals of three points or less.

Paine will face No. 2W Kentucky State Thursday afternoon, 1 p.m. at Forbes Arena. The Lady Lions dropped a 64-60 decision when the two squads met up in Frankfort in their last head-to-head game played Jan. 14.

Game 3: Kentucky State hangs on for win over Fort Valley (Men)
#3W Kentucky State 60, #6E Fort Valley State 57
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Atlanta, GA–In a game that featured several ties and slight lead changes, Kentucky State used clutch shooting and free throws to outlast Fort Valley State 60-57 in the First Round of the 2013 SIAC Basketball Tournament held at Frank L. Forbes Arena in Atlanta, GA.

Spreading the wealth, Davin Anderson scored 13 and Ulyssess Thomass III added 10 points and seven rebounds to propel Kentucky State into a quarterfinal match-up against SIAC East Division Champion Morehouse, Thursday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.

Kentucky State avenged a early season 76-64 lost to Fort Valley State by playing suffocated defense to prevent the Wildcats from getting off the potential game-tying three point basket.

The teams played even for the first 20 minutes Fort Valley raced to a 25-22 lead at intermission. The Wildcats shot 34.5 percent from the field, while Kentucky State managed to shoot a dismal 25 percent from the field.

The second half was close, until the Breds’ made a run. The two team’s jockied for position, until Kentucky State took a 58-52 lead with :32 remaining and the game. Free throws and defense allowed the team to advance to the quarterfinals.

For Fort Valley, 8-18, the lost marks an end of their season. The team was led by All-Conference player Brandon Davey’s 13 points. Joshuah Davis finished with 12 points for the Wildcats.

Game 4: Claflin routs Stillman (Women)
#6E Claflin 82, #3W Stillman 62
Box Score

Atlanta, GA–Talaya Robinson scored 24 points as #6E Claflin provided the first shocker of the 2013 SIAC Basketball Tournament with its 82-62 victory over #2W Stillman in the opening round of the Women’s tournament played Tuesday evening.

After the score was tied at 25-25 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half, Claflin, (6-21) finished the half on a 14-3 run and never turned back. Brittani Goodwin added 17 points, Alnessa Hickmon had 14 and JaQuanna Davis scored 11 points to lead Claflin into its quarterfinals matchup against Clark Atlanta, Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.

Clark Atlanta won both games by score of 70-66.

For Stillman, (10-16), Angel Mitchell finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Andrae Moore and Desiree Wright each had 11 points for the Lady Tigers. Moore added four rebounds and a block, while Wright garnered five rebounds and five assists.

Claflin shot 34.5 percent from the floor and held Stillman to 17.5 percent shooting as they built a 39-28 lead in the first half. Claflin led 8-3 early before the Lady Tigers fought back, building a 19-12 lead with ten minutes to play in the first half.

A pair of Jessica Brown free throws put Claflin ahead with 6:47 remaining in the period–a lead Claflin would not relinquish.

Game 5: Stillman Advances to the Quarterfinal Round After Win Over Clark Atlanta (Men)
#2W Stillman 84, #6E Clark Atlanta 77
Box Score

Atlanta, Ga.—Justin Harris scored a game-high 17 points, and Jeffrey Wherry hit a late three-pointer and converted a three-point play on consecutive trips down the court to help #2W Stillman defeat #7E Clark Atlanta Tuesday evening at Forbes Arena in the First Round of the 2013 SIAC Basketball Tournament.

The #2W seeded Tigers of Stillman College advanced to the quarterfinal round and will face #3E Paine, who defeated LeMoyne-Owen earlier in the afternoon 75-3, on Thursday evening at 7:45 p.m.

Stillman led for much of the first period, before Jarrel Joye led the Panthers to their first lead of the half at the 3:30 mark, 31-29. The Tigers reclaimed the lead after an 11-5 run to take a 40-36 lead into halftime.

The Tigers led by as many as eight points in the second half behind the play of Justin Harris, who scored 10 of his game-high 17 points in the period. With a slim two-point lead at the 3:00 mark, Stillman went on an 11-6 run and pulled away despite a frantic surge by the Panthers down the stretch. The Tigers outrebounded Clark Atlanta 47-32 on the boards with 24 offensive rebounds. Four other Tigers scored in double-digits including: Ladrius Rhone (15), Markeith Madison (14), Jeffrey Wherry (12) and Maurice Crenshaw (10).

Jarrel Joye led the Panthers with a team-high 16 points followed by Dwayne Bingham (15), Glyndelle Poole (16) and Kevin James and Johnnel Young with 11 each.

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