Memphis, Tenn., — After a slow start that put LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) down 9-0 to open the game, the Magicians settled down and got going sparked by a Reshun Ellis dunk on the fastbreak.
The Magicians would continue to get out on the break coming up with eight steals off of the Marauders’ 20 turnovers, to get easy buckets in transition. Cutting Central State’s lead to 39-31 at the half, the Magicians also got good looks inside outscoring the Marauders 36-26 in the paint. Demba Konate, the 6-9 forward from Mali, was all over the stat sheet giving CSU’s bigs a taste of the classic jump hook, and stepping out for the three ball to bring LOC within eight with 15:56 remaining on the clock.
Although the Magicians managed to stay within reach, Central State would knock down some key three pointers to lead by as much as fifteen enroute to a 76-62 victory.
Konate would finish with 11 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, and two steals for the Magicians. Guards Martez Briggs and Christian Linton provided 11 points off the bench; Linton adding a game-high three steals, and Aston Morton with a team-high of four assist.
Central State’s Davone Daniels led the Marauders with 17 points.
Saturday’s loss puts LeMoyne-Owen at 7-13 overall and 3-10 in league play. The Magicians return to the hardwood Monday, Jan. 29 against SIAC opponent Kentucky State University (6-14, 5-8 SIAC). Tip-off is at 7:30 PM CST in Bruce/Johnson Hall.
During the intermission, LeMoyne-Owen honored its women’s volleyball team and their success this season as the 2017 SIAC Western Conference Division Champs, and SIAC Championship Runner-Up. The Banner Ceremony included special recognition of the players and Head Coach Reginald Morris who was named 2017 SIAC Volleyball Coach of the Year, along with a jacket cermony. Congratulations to LOC Women’s Volleyball!