LeMoyne-Owen with Back-to Back Wins

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Memphis, Tenn., — The Magicians of LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) finished a two game home stand with a 65-49 victory against the Spring Hill College (SHC) Badgers on MLK Day. The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) win against the fellow West Division opponent moved LeMoyne-Owen to 6-10 overall, and 2-8 in conference play.

Throughout the first half, the Badgers and the Magicians kept each other on their toes, with SHC leading 30-28 at the half. In hopes of extending their slim lead, the Badgers never got too far away from the Magicians, who had a few magic tricks up their sleeves, including a steal by Bronx native Jaequan Brown that led to a bucket for LOC’s Aston Morton to tie the game 45-45, with 6:46 remaining.

The Magicians would force 19 turnovers and come up with nine steals as they went on to stretch out a 55-47 cushion, and earn the 65-49 win. Senior Walter Massey led SHC with 14 points and 10 rebounds while William Loyd, added 11 points on the evening for the Badgers.

Reshun Ellis paced the Magicians with a game-high 30 points and Demba Konate hauled down 12 rebounds to go with a 10-point performance as LOC shot 40.4% (19-47) from the floor and 40.9% (9-22) from 3-point distance. The Magicians lost the rebounding war 32-28, but shot 72% (18-25) from the free throw line.

LeMoyne-Owen men’s basketball returns to action Saturday, January 20, when they visit Tuskegee University for a 3:00 PM tip-off.

Lady Magicians Come Up Short, 71-68 Against SHC

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Memphis, Tenn., — The Magicians of LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) welcomed the Spring Hill College (SHC) Badgers on MLK Day, for a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) showdown.

Up 19-18, at the end of the first, the Lady Magicians trailed Spring Hill by halftime with a score of 40-36. However, LOC would rally in the third opening the quarter with a three point basket by guard Shaynn Nance, along with intense defensive pressure that led to 24 Badger turnovers and nine steals for LeMoyne.

Holding a narrow 50-49 edge to enter the final quarter, the Lady Magicians sought to extend their margin, but SHC kept it close eventually tieing the game 62-62, with 3:42 remaining on the clock. Neither team wanting to give in, the Badgers came away with a steal and layup on the other end by Angel Carthen, to go up 68-66, forcing LOC to foul. With seconds left, LOC’s Lamontazia Blair got to the rack for a final layup, but it wouldn’t be enough to take down the Badgers as they hung on for the, 71-68 victory.

The Badgers (11-6, 5-3 SIAC) were led in scoring by senior Jewel Hill with 25 points, and sophomore Tiffany Valentine with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Carthen finished with 10 points.

Dana Gettis recorded 23 points for the Lady Magicians, while Blair added 13 points off the bench, and Taylor Johnson-Prackett grabbed 11 rebounds for LOC.

LeMoyne-Owen (9-7, 5-3 SIAC) will complete a four-game home stand Thursday night, when they host the Lady Bulldogs of Tougaloo College at 5:30 PM in Bruce/Johnson Hall, before hitting the road to face conference opponent Tuskegee University on Jan. 20.

Magicians Overcome Rust College

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Memphis, Tenn., — Saturday evening was one to remember as the #LOCFAMILY showed up and showed out, packing Bruce/Johnson Hall for a nonconference doubleheader against the Rust College Bearcats from Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Despite the cold and snowy weather, the Lady Magicians and the Lady Bearcats came ready to compete going toe to toe in the first half. Holding a slim, 18-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, LOC buckled down on the defensive end and took advantage of their depth offensively to score easy buckets, making it 34-34 at the half.

The Lady Bearcats would enter the fourth quarter trailing LOC, 51-42 and attempt to mount a comeback, but the Lady Magicians would hold on for the 61-58 victory.

LeMoyne-Owen women’s basketball (9-6, 5-3 SIAC) looks to extend their winning streak when they host the Badgers of Spring Hill College (10-6, 4-3 SIAC) on Monday, Jan 15 at 5:30 PM.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE …

With the gym rocking, the men’s teams would put on a show for the fans in a back and forth battle as the Magicians and the Bearcats traded bucket for bucket. LeMoyne-Owen held a five point advantage heading into the second half (41-35), but the Bearcats would not go quitely knotting the game up 65-all, with 7:57 remaining on the clock. Keeping their cool, LOC remained focused and went on to win, 87-78, with four Magicians reaching double-figures.

LeMoyne improves to 5-10 overall, and 1-8 in the SIAC, as they prepare to host Spring Hill (4-12, 2-6 SIAC) at 7:30 PM, on MLK Day.

Follow LOC Athletics and Spring Hill for updates.