Memphis, Tenn., — The men’s basketball team of LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) reached the century mark in Monday nights Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match-up against Kentucky State University (KSU).
The Magicians (8-13, 4-10 SIAC) had the C. Arthur Bruce/Jerry C. Johnson Gymnasium rockin’ along with the rims, as LOC got out to a 37-15 lead over the Thorobreds. Try as they may to mount a comeback, KSU (6-15, 5-9 SIAC) just couldn’t find the bottom of the net in the first half, shooting 27 percent from the floor. Meanwhile, the Magicians were getting out on the break and throwing it down, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
The Magicians shot 77 percent from the charity stripe (13-17), and 38 percent from three as LOC took its largest lead (+32) of the night with just over five minutes remaining in the contest. Junior guard Martez Briggs, would make the final layup out on the break to cap off the 100-81 victory. He would finish the evening just shy of a double-double with 17 points, nine rebounds, five assist, and three steals.
Mississippi native Aston Morton nearly had a triple-double, as the LOC senior posted 23 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists to go with a block and a steal. Fellow seniors Reshun Ellis and Dareyon Terrell also joined the double-digit scoring column with 34 and 11 points, respectively. Senior Demba Konate hauled down 10 rebounds and freshman Jaquan Lawrence joined him in a game-high of shots blocked with three.
KSU Thorobreds Ray Croon, and Dorian Jordan paced their squad with 21 points apiece.
LeMoyne-Owen will return to Jerry C. Johnson Court on Saturday, Feb. 3 in a western conference match-up against Miles College. Tip-off is at 7:30 pm CST.