Lady Magicians Face Rival Lane College After Comeback Win Over Tuskegee

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Memphis, Tenn., — “Don’t Call It A Comeback!” It’s Rivalry Week in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and LeMoyne-Owen is ready for the Knockout win at Lane.

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Oman Arena, Home of the Lane College Dragons. Courtesy photo/golcdragons.com

The LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) Lady Magicians womens basketball team trailed 40-25 at the half in Monday nights home game against SIAC opponent Tuskegee University (TU).

Shooting just 25 percent from the field compared to TU’s 48 percent, LeMoyne-Owen would have to make some adjustments if they were going to stay alive in this game. Sure enough, LOC did just that stepping up their defense to force 24 Golden Tiger turnovers and scoring 24 points as a result of those mistakes. Shooting an improved 46.7% from the field in the second half, the Lady Magicians fought their way back into the game holding TU to just six points in the third quarter.

LOC would go on to outscore the Golden Tigers 24-14 in the final period to take the win, 67-60. The Lady Magicians won the battle of the boards 43-42, and capitalized on their second chance points over Tuskegee.

Taylor Miller paced the Golden Tigers with 14 points, followed by Alexus Shirrells with 10 points and four steals.

Tenesha Wright finished with a double-double scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for LeMoyne-Owen. Lefty, Corlisha Howard gave the Lady Magicians a boost in the second half adding 14 points including two big 3-point shots late in the game. Taylor Johnson-Prackett kept up her effort on the glass with a game-high 14 rebounds, and was just shy of joining Wright with a double-double of her own, tallying nine points. Ty Broadwater also recorded a personal best, protecting the paint with six rejections to go with six points, and five rebounds.

LeMoyne-Owen (12-9, 9-6 SIAC) heads to Lane College (5-18, 5-9 SIAC) in Jackson, TN, next as Rivalry Week in the SIAC is underway. Saturday’s match-up is a doubleheader with the women tipping at 2:00 PM CST, and the men at 4:00 PM.

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Tuskegee Golden Tigers Visit LeMoyne-Owen College

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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.

Bruce/Johnson Hall Turns Into Lob City Enroute to 100-81 Victory

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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.