Memphis, Tenn., — After coming up short to Tuskegee University (TU) in their first match-up of the season (Jan. 20), the LeMoyne-Owen College Magicians men’s basketball team got the job done on their home floor Monday night.
LeMoyne-Owen (9-14, 5-11 SIAC) shot 72.7 percent (24-33) from the charity stripe, and won the battle on the boards 38-22 enroute to a 70-61 victory at Bruce/Johnson Hall. Despite trailing 10-2 at the 15:55 mark in the first half, the Magicians would clean things up to go on a 13-3 run and take its first lead of the night.
Trying to keep their foot in the door, Tuskegee’s James Eads made a layup out on the break to put the Golden Tigers (4-18, 2-11 SIAC) down by three with 18:25 remaining in the contest. But the Magicians were steadfast, stretching out their lead to as much as 17, before going on to seal the deal at the freethrow line.
Martez Briggs posted a game-high 22 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks for LOC, while Demba Konate tallied 16 points on the evening. Reshun Ellis also finished in double-digits with 12 points, while Jaequan Brown dished out six assists.
Tuskegee was led by Travis Flagg who fininshed with 19 points and eight assists. Eads and Daniel Roach also chipped in 13 points a piece.
LOC visits rival Lane College (11-10, 9-7 SIAC) in a doubleheader with the women on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Jackson, TN. Tip-off is at 4:00 PM.