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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: ASU men, women beat Paine; GSW teams split with Francis Marion

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ALBANY -- The Albany State Golden Rams, losers of three straight conference games, looked like they were going to make it four in a row as they trailed Paine by as many as 14 points in the second half, but instead of throwing in the towel, the Rams started throwing the ball in the basket and cut the Paine lead to one point (63-62) with 35 seconds remaining in regulation.

This set up for a game-winning drive and score by Demarcus Blunt with just six second on the clock to give the ASU a 64-63 win.

"Time was running out so I knew I had to make a basket," said Blunt, who led ASU in scoring with 19 points, as well as rebounds with 12. "It was a tough and we were down but we just kept pushing and communicating and we came out with the win."

With the win, ASU improves to 5-8 overall and 5-4 in the SIAC while Paine falls to 5-7 overall and 4-5 in the SIAC.

"The guys stayed with it the entire game," said ASU coach Chris Cameron. "We played a lot better than we have been playing. The intensity was there so I satisfied with how we played.

After going up by two (13-11) with 11:25 left in the first half, Paine went on 12-1 run, fueled by Mario Jordan, who finished with 18, to push its lead to 13 (25-12) with 7:49 remaining.

ASU would battle back to make the score 34-27 behind 10 points from Blunt.

In the second half, Paine would again stretch its lead, but ASU got timely basket from Mario Morris, who was second on the team with 13 points, including an and-1 layup with 1:47 left to tie the game at 61 apiece.

After making the free-throw, ASU had its first lead (62-61) since early in the first half.

Paine would answer with a clutch jumper shot by De'Andre Pettigrew to take a 63-62 lead which set up for Blunt's game deciding basket.

The Rams will look to ride the momentum of this win into their next game on Tuesday when Lane College comes to town.

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ASU WOMEN 79, PAINE 59: The Lady Rams improved to 9-6 overall and 8-1 in SIAC play.

Callie Hamilton was the only ASU player in double figures with 11 points.

Paine dropped to 1-13 overall and 1-10 in SIAC play.

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GSW MEN 78, FRANCIS MARION 56: Phillip Brown scored a team-high 17 points for GSW, which improves to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Trace Macon added 16 more for GSW, followed by Colin Slaughter with 13 and Evan Mobley with 10.

GSW will look to keep the momentum from this win the Hurricanes host UNC Pembroke today.

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FRANCIS MARION WOMEN 71, GSW 70: Despite getting 19 points from Nadirah Garner and 14 more from Terra Branch, GSW came away with the loss after Francis Marion's Courtney Mealings drove the length of the court and scored to put her team up with four seconds left in the game.

With the loss, GSW falls to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the conference -- the Lady Hurricanes will try and bounce back when they host UNC Pembrook today.

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ATLANTA METRO WOMEN 75, ANDREW COLLEGE 74: Jabreal Alford led Andrew College with 20 points but that was not enough as Atlanta Metro's Jada Lloyd exploded for a game-high 27 points to push her team to the win.