WILBERFORCE, Ohio – Central State’s potential game-tying shot bounced around the rim and fell out of cylinder in Monday’s 71-69 loss to Benedict on Monday.
The Marauders kept up with the Tigers throughout the first half, trailing by just three, 30-27, at halftime.
Early in the second half, BC appeared to seize control with a 8-2 run capped off by back-to-back baskets by Cairo Brown to put his team up 49-35 with 12:40 to play. CSU responded as Davone Daniels knocked down his next two three-point attempts to slice the lead down to nine. Later in the half, Brandon Morris scored to put the BC up 64-53 with 5:51 remaining. CSU scored on its next three possession to pull back with six.
After trading baskets, Daniels struck again from outside to bring his team within four point, 70-66, with 54 second left. BC split a pair of free throws on the other end. Sterling Gilmore converted a three-point play for CSU to bring his team with 2 with 42 seconds to play. BC came up empty on its next possession to give the Marauders the ball with 6 second left on the clock. A contested mid-range shot from Gilmore rattled out as the buzzer sounded with a Benedict team celebrating the game-winning defensive stop.
Brown scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead Benedict to victory. Morris added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Frank Barber III recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds. Daniels went 4 of 6 from three-point range to finish with 14 points. Chris Scott, who battled foul trouble throughout the game, recorded 13 points. Jeremy Brown led all players with 14 rebounds.
Suffering their fifth consecutive loss, CSU is now 4-9 overall with a 3-5 record in SIAC play. Benedict improves to 12-3 on the season with a 5-2 mark in conference play.
The Marauders will try to snap their losing streak on Thursday when they travel to play Paine College at 7:30 pm.
Quotes – Coach Joseph Price
“We weren’t able to execute the last play the way we wanted to. We will have to do a better job of paying attention to detail moving forward.”
“Benedict hit some big time shots in the second half that ultimately propelled them to the victory.”
“We missed a few layups and free throws down the stretch that would have put us in a better position to come out on top. We are doing a decent job of rebounding on the offensive end but have not been able to cash in on our second chance opportunities.
“I believe we are going to learn from this game and be a better team as we go into the second half of the season.”
CSU leads the SIAC in offensive rebounding (15.9 orpg).
Benedict’s Brandon Morris is the reigning SIAC Player of the Year.
Chris Scott recorded a season-high 3 blocks on Monday.
CSU was held under 70 points for the sixth time this season.
CSU senior Jeremy Brown’s 14 rebounds on Monday is a season-high.
Date: Thursday, January 4th
Tip-Off: 5:30 pm
Location: Heal Complex – Augusta, Georgia
Live Stats – http://www.sidearmstats.com/paine/wbball/