The Maroon Tigers came up short as they fall to the Benedict College Tigers in the SIAC Championship, 68-60. By winning the SIAC tournament, Benedict receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Ignited by a large turnout of Morehouse fans dreaming of the first SIAC championship since the 2003-Maroon Tigers beat the Miles Golden Bears, in Birmingham.
The Maroon Tigers jumped out to an early six point lead for the Maroon Tigers. Senior Andrae Nelson who scored 20 points on 10 of 16 shooting often found himself matched up against Benedict’s Marcus Goode the 6’10 SIAC Player of the Year. Goode scored 17 points and hauled in 14 rebounds to lead the charge for Benedict as they found themselves down 32-31 at halftime.
Morehouse looked to increase lead as they led 43-35, their largest of the game however the Golden Tigers went on an 18-4 scoring run over the span of 10 minutes. Morehouse did not go away without a fight as SIAC Newcomer of the Year Darrius Williams put in 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Maroon Tigers cut the lead to 61-58 on an Austin Anderson 3 pointer but a costly turnover by the Tigers allowed Benedict to ice the game with 7 free throws which put the game out of reach.
Morehouse is currently ranked 6th in the NCAA South Region and could still receive an “at-large” bid to the regional tournament.
Paul Marshall II