Golden Tigers extend winning streak to four games
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Golden Tigers climbed above .500 for the first time this season and extended their winning streak to four consecutive games with three victories at the James Center Arena last week.
The Golden Tigers observed the King Holiday with an 82-76 win against LeMoyne-Owen as they matched their season-high single-game point total to start the week; on Thursday, the Golden Tigers outscored Clark Atlanta 17-10 in the final five minutes and defeated the Panthers 68-61, avenging a 73-71 season opening loss in Atlanta. They ended the week with a 69-60 victory against Morehouse as five players scored in double figures.
The wins improved the Golden Tigers’ record to 7-5 overall and 7-3 in the SIAC, tied for first place in the conference with Benedict.
The Golden Tigers pulled away from LeMoyne-Owen in the second half for their second victory against the Magician in less than two weeks. They defeated the Magicians 79-69 in Memphis on Jan. 5. Joshua Eichelberger and Javier McKinney scored 20 points each to pace the Golden Tigers; Calvin Thomas added 19.
The Golden Tigers never trailed in the first half. Their biggest lead in the opening 20 minutes was 11 points, 38-27, with 1:42 remaining. The Magicians ended the half with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to three-points, 38-35. They started the second half with another 8-0 run and surged ahead 43-38 with 18:36 left in the game. Eichelberger’s jumper at the 17:33 mark tied the game at 43-all. The score was tied again at 45 and the lead changed four times before the Golden Tigers went ahead for good 51-50 on a jumper by Eichelberger.
The Golden Tigers extended their lead to nine points three times in the final three minutes.
The Golden Tigers trailed most of the game against Clark Atlanta before putting on a strong finishing kick. Clark Atlanta never trailed in the first 14 minutes of play and led by as many as eight points in the first half. The Golden Tigers grabbed their first lead of the night, 17-15, on a layup by Kevin May with 6:06 left in the half. They went on to build a four-point advantage, but Clark Atlanta was on top by two points, 29-27 starting the second half.
The Golden Tigers held a nine-point lead, 47-38, with 8:45 remaining in the game, but they weren’t able to protect it. The Panthers fought back and tied the score 51-all. Thomas, who led all scorers with 29 points, connected on a three-pointer to put the Golden Tigers back in the lead 54-51. Lucius Winston scored nine of his 11 points during the Golden Tigers’ closing spurt.
The Golden Tigers relied on balanced scoring to subdue Morehouse. Eichelberger had a game-high 18 points, Thomas had 12, Winston and McKinney scored 11 apiece and Derrick White chipped in with 10.
The Golden Tigers led comfortably throughout the first half and were ahead by as many as nine points. Morehouse led briefly in the final 20 minutes and the score was tied four times. The last deadlock was at 49-all with 10:49 remaining in the game. The Golden Tigers pulled away from that point and put the game out of reach.