BIRMINGHAM, Ala — Miles escaped Paine College with an 82-73 win in an opening round game of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at Bill Harris Arena Tuesday.

Miles (17-12) held a solid 35-26 lead at halftime but Paine College (7-23) was able to gain a 52-47 lead with a 3-pointer by Kaderious Compton at the 10:06 mark. However, Miles was able to mount an 11-0 run to regain the lead, 58-52 with 7:14 remaining. The Golden Bears were able to maintain its lead for the remainder of the game to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup.

Maiscel Grier and Joshua Johnson each scored 16 points for Miles. Johnson led Miles in rebounds (nine) and assists (five). Reginald Smalls (14) and Haisan Bunnell (11) also recorded double-figures in scoring.

Paine was led by Rahiem Connelly and Christian Nobles who recorded 14 points a piece. Donald Quarles finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Arnold Okechukwu also added 10 points and six rebounds.

Miles will take on No. 3 Claflin on Thursday.

Balanced attack leads Lane past Albany State

Lane advances past Albany State 88-80 Tuesday night.

The Dragons (17-12) placed four players in double-digit scoring, which was led by Brandon Zachery who who finished with 19 points. Terrance Bridgeman followed with 18 ahead of Rodney Clarke (14) and Malcom McDonald (12). Lane shot 52.5 percent for the game.

Michael Green tallied 19 points and a game-high five assists for Albany State. Devontay Ward tallied 16 points while Jordan Floyd (14) and Keldreion Miller (11) rounded out the double-figure scorers.

Central State women cruise past Clark Atlanta

Central State defeated Clark Atlanta 79-51 Tuesday afternoon in the SIAC Women’s Tournament.

CSU improved to 14-13 overall with the win while the Panthers finished the season with at 6-21.

The Marauders dominated the entire game and were led by Ghameerah McCullers who recorded 13 points and eight rebounds. McCullers also added four steals and three assists. Sierra Harley finished with 10 points.

Clark Atlanta’s top scorer was Mykala Jones who tabbed a game-high 16 points. Nekia Sockwell tallied 15 points.

The Marauders will play Miles on Thursday in a quarterfinal game.

Claflin never threatened in win over LeMoyne-Owen

Claflin had a hot start in the opening half which helped it advance to the quarterfinals with a 56-47 win over LeMoyne-Owen.

The Lady Panthers improved to 17-10 on the season and were led by Carnique Marks’ 20 points and 11 rebounds. Marks scored 11 of her points in the first half where the Panthers took their largest lead 27-9, with a jumper by Ashley Fields at the 3:38 mark in the second quarter.

The Magicians (7-19) found their rhythm late in the second half and cut Claflin’s lead to 51-44 with 18 seconds to play. Crystal Shields led LeMoyne-Owen in rebounds (10) and also had 11 points. Ashley Seaton finished with a team-high 14 points.


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