Magicians Give It Their All in 65-62 Loss

Tuskegee, Ala., — In an exciting battle that saw three lead changes and a nail biting second half, the Magicians of LeMoyne-Owen College brought their ‘A’ game to Tuskegee.
In a low scoring first half for both teams, the Magicians found their rhythm and got out in transition as Serbian native, Filip Vukmirovic knocked down back-to-back triples to cut Tuskegee’s lead to two. However, TU’s James Eads had an answer pouring in 10 points in the half to give the Tigers a 24-18 advantage. With 3:35 to go before the break, LOC seized control of the game, first taking advantage of a missmatch on the block, as Jaequan Brown drew the AND1, and then again, after a put back bucket by Brown who was there on a missed free-throw by Reshun Ellis, who had a chance for a 4-point play.
Up 28-25 to start the second half, the Magicians used their momentum to extend their margin, but the Tigers refused to give in as Eads made a play putting Tuskegee up, 43-38 with 8:56 remaining. Locking in on defense, LeMoyne-Owen forced a 10-sec. violation on the Tigers, one of nine turnovers in which the Magicians scored 16-points off those mistakes.
Both teams in the bonus, the final seconds would be crucial. TU leading 62-55, with 30.5 on the clock, LOC’s Brown, sank not one…not two…,but three free-throws after a foul to give the Magicians a chance. The Tigers still ahead and desperate for a win, left the door wide open for LOC, first giving up a layup to Aston Morton with the AND1, then turning it over on the inbounds play twice. Down 65-62, the Magicians would have time to get off one last shot to force overtime, but would miss the mark.
James Eads led Tuskegee with a game-high 24 points, with Travis Flagg pitching in a 15-point outing and a game-high four assist.
Jaequan Brown paced LOC scorers with 20 points, as Ellis, Morton, and Vukmirovic finished with 13, 10, and nine points, respectively. Demba Konate led the rebounding effort with nine boards as LOC outrebounded the Tigers 35-27.
LeMoyne-Owen moves to 6-11, and 2-9 in league play when they visit Miles College (4-12, 3-6 SIAC) in Fairfield, AL, on Monday, Jan. 22 for another SIAC doubleheader. Tip-off is at 7:30 pm, immediately follwing the women’s game.
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Lady Magicians Drop 68-54 Contest to Tuskegee

Tuskegee, Ala., — Visiting the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University, LeMoyne-Owen College womens basketball got off to a slow start in Chappie James Arena.

Plagued by early turnovers, the Lady Magicians trailed 20-10 at the end of the first quarter. Indianapolis native, DonShelle Daniels was the aggressor for the Lady Tigers knocking down shots to give TU a 35-19 advantage at the half. SIAC Newcomer of the Week (Jan.15) honoree, Dana Gettis paced LeMoyne with 11 points at the break, after teammate and fellow SIAC Player of the Week (Jan. 15), Tenesha Wright picked up two early fouls.

Turning up the defensive pressure in the second half, LeMoyne-Owen found themselves getting to the rack and the free-throw line for a late push, in the third, after guard Corlisha Howard attacked the paint for a bucket. However, the Lady Magicians struggled at the line shooting just 50.0% (18-36) at the charity stripe. NaKeeta Franklin gave LOC a spark sinking a triple with 6:22 remaining to make it, 58-41, but Tuskegee would close out the game for the 68-54 victory.
Daniels led the Lady Tigers with her first double-double scoring 18 points along with 10 rebounds. Gettis would finish with a game-high 25 points, followed by Howard with a 10-point performance. Courtney Banks led the rebounding effort with nine boards for LOC, and Wright picked up a game-high of four steals.

LeMoyne-Owen moves to 8-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play. The Lady Magicians visit Miles College (5-10, 3-5 SIAC) in Fairfield, AL, on Monday, Jan. 22 in another SIAC doubleheader. Tip-off is at 5:30pm, with the men following at 7:30pm.

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LeMoyne-Owen Visits Tuskegee


Tuskegee, Ala., — LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) men’s and women’s basketball teams prepare for a two-game road trip beginning at the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University (TU) on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Tip-off for this Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) double header is set for 1:00 p.m. for the women, and 3:00 p.m., for the men in the Daniel “Chappie” James Arena.

The Lady Magicians (9-7, 5-3 SIAC) held on for the 66-59 victory over Tougaloo College in an exhibition match on Thursday night, where four Lady Magicians reached double-digit scoring. Chicago native, Shantiera Miller led the way with 17 points. Tougaloo’s Debraia Bell paced the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points.

LOC will resume conference play at Tuskegee, who is 2-14 overall and 1-7 in the SIAC. The Lady Tigerettes dropped a close game to Central State (CSU), falling 68-60 on Jan.16. Jade Wilson led TU with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

LeMoyne-Owen men’s basketball (6-10, 2-8 SIAC) fell to Tougaloo College, 80-72 in the exhibition match on Thursday after a strong outing against Spring Hill earlier in the week. LOC will visit the Golden Tigers who are 2-14 overall and 1-7 in the SIAC, after falling to CSU 56-48. TU’s Daniel Roach posted 13 points for the Golden Tigers, while Jason Pasley grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss.

Be sure to follow Tuskegee Athletics and LOC Athletics on social media for updates. Watch the game live here.