Golden Tigers earn sixth conference win in last seven games
The late turnaround on the Golden Tigers’ basketball season continued Saturday night, as Leon Douglas’ team (12-11 overall; 11-3 in SIAC) completed a season sweep of Miles College (8-16 overall; 5-10 in SIAC) with a 66-48 victory over the Golden Bears. With three games remaining on the regular season schedule, Tuskegee only needs to win two of those to lock up the #1 seed for the SIAC’s West Division going into the conference tournament.
Members of the 2012 Tuskegee Golden Tigers’ Basketball team celebrate getting their championship rings with President Gilbert Rochon, Director of Athletics Patric Simon and the coaching staff.
Director of Bands Warren Duncan was also honored by the President and Director of Athletics for his nearly 40 years of service at halftime of the men’s basketball game.
Veteran baseball Coach Solomon Knight was honored by President Gilbert Rochon, Director of Athletics Patric Simon and the 2013 Tuskegee University Baseball team for his 41 years of service to the school.
Calvin Thomas was the leading scorer and rebounder for the game, as he led Tuskegee with 15 points and seven rebounds. Javier McKinney also contributed in double-figure scoring, as he had ten points. While Tuskegee shot 39.7 percent from the field, the defense of the Golden Tigers stood out as Miles did not reach 30 percent for the game, coming in at just 28.8 percent. Ty Lollar led the Golden Bears in a losing effort, with ten points.
Monday’s game brings an opportunity for Tuskegee to avenge their only conference loss that they suffered over the last seven games, as they play LeMoyne-Owen in a 7:30 p.m. contest at the Chappie James Center. In LeMoyne-Owen’s homecoming game played Feb. 2, the Magicians pulled off an upset of the Golden Tigers by posting a 90-80 victory. With Tuskegee earning a season sweep over Stillman College, they currently have a one-game lead in the race for the #1 seed in the division, so Tuskegee will surely have more energy going into Monday night’s game at Chappie James Center.
The 2012 SIAC Championship team was honored at halftime of the women’s game on Saturday night, as they received their championship rings by earning a record of 17-11 to earn first place in conference play last season. Several of the players from last year’s team make up the current competition of the squad this season, and Coach Douglas said that seeing his players receive their rings would serve as motivation for this year’s team to work hard and bring home some more rings in the upcoming conference tournament.
Also honored at halftime of the men’s game on Saturday were Director of Bands Warren Duncan and longtime Tuskegee University Baseball Coach Solomon Knight. Duncan was serenaded by a university choir at halftime to honor his nearly 40-year career as a music leader for the university, while Knight was honored by the TU Baseball team and Director of Athletics Patric Simon for his 41-year career at Tuskegee as an interim coach, head coach, assistant coach, pitching coach and volunteer.
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