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Panthers Advance to Sixteenth SIAC Championship with 91-86 Win Versus Morehouse

Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Clark Atlanta men's basketball got revenge on Morehouse with the 91-86 win in the SIAC semifinals. The win gives the Panthers 20 wins on the season. Clark Atlanta most recently won 20 games in a season with 22 wins during the 2010-11 season after winning 24 games the year prior.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Clark Atlanta 91; Morehouse 86            
Record: Clark Atlanta (20-11); Morehouse (18-10)         
Date: Mar. 3, 2017 | Time: 7:45 p.m.
Location: Bill Harris Arena | Birmingham, Ala.
Previous Matchups: Clark Atlanta split the season series as each team won the home game. CAU picked up the home victory, 71-66, on Jan. 30 from L.S. Epps Gymnasium

HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half | After spotting Morehouse an early 4-0 lead, Clark Atlanta got on the board as Lawrance Triplett was good on a 3-pointer to open a 12-0 Panther run that included a layup from Damien Davis, a 3 from Tim Sanders, a FT from Tajai Johnson, and another 3 from Sanders. Chuka Eneh hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions as CAU went on an 8-0 run moving the lead to 14 points with 12:04 on the clock; 20-6. The middle of the opening half saw the teams swap baskets with the Panthers leading with 5:15 on the clock; 28-17. Sanders ended the half with a floater in the lane as CAU went to the intermission leading by 11 points; 40-29.
 
Clark Atlanta shot 13-for-28 (46.4 percent) from the floor and 8-for-10 from the FT line. The Panthers were good on 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range. CAU had the advantage in rebounds, 26-16, fast break scoring, 12-2, and assists, 10-2.

Second Half | Morehouse scored the first 10 points of the second half before Sanders went 2-for-2 from the FT line keeping the Panthers in the lead; 42-39. Sanders picked up the steal from Morehouse and was good on the traditional three-point play as he was fouled on the layup in transition and made the ensuing FT. Sanders broke the 45-45 tie with a 3-pointer from the right side with 14:07 to play. Williams added a 3-pointer on the next Panther possession with CAU leading by six; 51-45. Sanders added a jumper before Derek Harper was good on a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 11:53 to play and the Panthers leading by nine points; 56-47. After Morehouse trimmed the Clark Atlanta advantage to seven points, Sanders found Davis for the dunk in transition and on the next trip down the court CAU worked the ball inside and Davis was good on a layup off the glass with Panther lead back to double figures with 6:58 to play in the game; 64-53. Sanders made another layup to break up a 6-0 run by Morehouse - all scored by Tyrius Walker. Triplett made a 3-pointer - his third of the game - to take the CAU lead back to eight points; 72-64. He later added a 2-for-2 effort from the FT line giving CAU the 10-point lead with just over three minutes in the game; 74-64. Williams controlled the game scoring nine points - including making seven from the FT line - in the final two minutes. Morehouse made a run in the final minutes as CAU was avoiding the fouls but the Maroon Tigers missed an open 3 in the final seconds that send Triplett to the line to make two FT's after grabbing his 18th rebounds.

TEAM NUMBERS:
Clark Atlanta shot 28-for-53 (52.8 percent) from the floor and made 11-of-23 3-pointers in the game. The Panthers went 24-for-29 from the FT line.
 
CAU held the 40-31 advantage in rebounds including the 31-20 lead in defensive rebounds. CAU also was ahead in assists, 17-5, and fast break scoring, 21-16.

INDIVIDUAL NUMBERS:
Triplett led all players with the game-high 18 rebounds to go with 20 points for his 10th double-double on the season.
 
Sanders scored a team-high 26 points with Williams (15) and Davis (12) also scoring in double figures. Sanders added the game-high eight assists.

UP NEXT:
Clark Atlanta will appear in the SIAC Championship for the 16th time having first appeared in the inaugural championship in 1934. The Panthers have won the title on four occasions; 1940, 1954, 1965 and 2011.
 
Clark Atlanta will face Fort Valley State at 7:00 p.m. from the Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Category: Athletics
Keywords: Clark Atlanta Men's Basketball