Tuskegee Tops Benedict 71-66

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (BC SID) -- Tuskegee's Moriah Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help lift the Golden Tigers to a 71-66 victory over Benedict College and snap the Tigers' five-game winning streak on Thursday in an SIAC men's basketball contest in the Benjamin E. Mays HRC Arena.

Benedict rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half to take a 55-51 lead with 6:17 left to play after a pair of free throws from Deonte Johnson. Tuskegee's Javier McKinney scored a three-point play, then followed with a layup to give the Golden Tigers the lead for good, 56-55 with 4:28 left to play. Then Johnson, playing in his first game for Tuskegee, hit one 3-pointer, then followed with another 3-pointer with 2:59 left to play and a 62-55 lead.

The win improves Tuskegee to 7-8 overall and 4-2 in the SIAC. Benedict falls to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the SIAC.

Lamar Adkins led the Tigers with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. But he also had a game-high seven turnovers as Benedict committed 17 turnovers in the game. No other Benedict player scored in double figures. Andrew Crawford, Benedict's leading scorer, was held to five points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Graham Olatunji led Tuskegee with 16 points, while Richard Dixon added 14 and Javier McKinney chipped in 13 points.

Benedict got off to a hot start, and led by as many as eight points, 18-10, on a 3-pointer by Crawford. A layup by Jose Roman-Angueira gave Benedict a 20-12 lead with 10:12 left in the first half. Tuskegee then scored 12 straight points to take its first lead of the game, 22-20. Tuskegee held a 32-31 lead at the half.

Tuskegee scored eight straight points in the second half to take a 44-35 lead with 13:50 left to play. Benedict chipped away at the lead before Brennan Reynard put the Tigers ahead 53-51 on a layup.

Benedict hits the road for its next two games. The Tigers travel to face Albany State on Saturday before facing Fort Valley State on Monday. The next home game for Benedict is Jan. 25 against Morehouse.

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