Feb. 15, 2014 ATLANTA – The Paine College men’s basketball team defeated Morehouse College 86-72 on Feb. 15 at Morehouse. With the win, Paine improves to 13-10 overall and 8-5 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Morehouse drops to 7-14 overall and 4-9 in the SIAC. The Lions have now won six of their last seven games.
The Lions came out forceful and remained that way throughout the entire game. Paine gained the lead in the early minutes of the first half and did not relinquish it. Although the team struggled from the free throw line and was outrebounded by the Maroon Tigers, they were able to shoot the ball well and make big plays on both ends of the ball to secure the win.
Paine had their worst night from the free throw line this season. They made 7-of-18 free throws for a 39 percent free throw percentage which is well below their season average of 67 percent. Morehouse outrebounded Paine 44-37, but the Lions were able to take advantage of Morehouse’s 13 turnovers and score 21 points from those.
All five starters for the Purple and White scored in double digits with Jordan Warner claiming his fourth double-double of the season. Warner had 12 points, ten rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Toby Veal (14), Kenny Fluellen (13), Kedric Taylor (12) and Adrian Caldwell (11) were Paine’s other starters. Veal also added eight rebounds while Fluellen and Taylor added four rebounds each. Freshman Alfonso Davis had nine points that all came from behind the arc. He shot 60 percent from behind the arc making 3-of-5 three-pointers. The SIAC’s leader in assists, Taylor, dished out seven assists. Fluellen and Caldwell added another four assists each and the team had 17 on the game.
The Purple and White shot 54 percent from the field and 47 percent from behind the arc. Morehouse shot 39 percent from the field, 11 percent from behind the arc and 81 percent from the line. The Maroon Tigers were led by Darrius Williams and Robert Askew who both had double-doubles. Williams had 18 points and ten rebounds. Askew scored 13 points and had ten rebounds.