Saturday, February 13, 2016

Benedict Tops Claflin, 68-62

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Quiron Cooke scored a season-high 18 points to help lead the Benedict College Tigers to a 68-62 victory over Claflin University on Saturday afternoon in the Benjamin E. Mays HRC Arena, avenging the overtime loss to the Panthers two weeks ago in Orangeburg.

With the win, the Tigers remain in the race for the top spot in the SIAC East and move to 16-9 overall and 11-5 in the SIAC. Claflin falls to 12-12 overall and 8-8 in the SIAC.

Cooke hit a jumper in the corner with the shot clock running down to give the Tigers a 63-59 lead with 31 seconds left in the game. Lafonzo Smith hit two critical free throws with 23 seconds left to give the Tigers a 65-59 lead with 23 seconds left.

Claflin's De'shon Nails hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 65-62 with 16 seconds left. Cooke then hit three free-throws in the final 16 seconds to seal the win.

Brennan Reynard added 11 points, while Quayshun Hawkins and Jordan Smith had 10 points each.

Nails led Claflin with 20 points.

Benedict shot 55.8 percent from the floor, the third-best shooting effort for the season.

The Tigers are back in action on Thursday, hosting Clark Atlanta University at 7:30 p.m. It will be Senior Day, as the Tigers will recognize their four seniors.



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