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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Lady Rams beat East-leading Benedict

Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner

ALBANY — In their first SIAC East Division matchup of the season, the Albany State Lady Rams played one of their better games of the year to beat Benedict 60-50 and hand the Lady Tigers their first conference loss.

The victory puts the Lady Rams (11-3, 5-1) just percentage points behind Benedict and Claflin in the division standings with Benedict, Claflin, ASU and Clark Atlanta all with just one conference loss.

“I really felt like we came focused to play (Saturday),” ASU coach Robert Skinner said. “We protected the basketball and only had 13 turnovers. For the most part, we distributed the ball equally and got the shots we wanted.”

Even though the Lady Rams didn’t shoot well all night, they held Benedict to 15 first-half points to take a five-point lead into halftime. ASU scored 40 second-half points to win their fifth game in a row.

Kourtney Alexander scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Rams, while Tip Holston added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Mecca Frost added 10 points and four rebounds.

The Lady Rams will return to the court Monday at 2 p.m. for a game against Paine College, which is coming off a loss to Fort Valley State on Saturday.

BENEDICT MEN 75, ASU 71: The Rams' three-game winning streak was snapped as they fell to 7-8 overall and 4-3 in the SIAC.

Larry Bullock (17), Jamorris Gaines (16), Joe Williams (13) and James Lodman (10) led the Rams in scoring.

ASU trailed by as many as 16 points midway through the second half but stormed back and pulled to within one with 3:24 left when Bullock hit a 3-pointer.

Bullock nailed another 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to pull the Rams to within two points, and a missed Benedict free throw gave ASU a chance to win or tie the game in the closing seconds. However, a Gaines turnover with three seconds left ended ASU's comeback.

GSW MEN 91, FLAGLER COLLEGE 73: The Hurricanes snapped a two-game losing skid Saturday with a Peach Belt Conference win against Flagler.

The Hurricanes, who dropped out of the Division II national poll Tuesday after being ranked as high as 18th, kept pace in the PBC West Division, where they are one of three teams at the top of the standings with two conference losses.

On Saturday they jumped ahead early on Flagler, taking a 47-28 lead into halftime before cruising in the second half.

Alan Arnett led the Hurricanes with 34 points on 10-of-16 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free throw line. Daryl Davis (16) and Johathan Brooks (16) also scored in double figures for the Hurricanes, who are now 13-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference and play again Monday at home against Armstrong.

FLAGLER COLLEGE WOMEN 67, GSW 64: The Lady Hurricanes (6-8, 1-6) stayed in last place in the PBC West Division standings with the three-point loss.

Shatoria Hudson led GSW with 16 points, while Shaniece Sheffield and Jasmine McSwain added 13 and 11 points, respectively.