Golden Tigers rout Miles and fall short in Stillman contest
FAIRFIELD, Ala. – Senior forward/center Andrae Nelson and sophomore guard Calvin Thomas were a formidable inside-outside tandem while leading the Golden Tigers to a split in a pair of SIAC road games last week.
Nelson averaged 19.0 points and nine rebounds, and Thomas averaged 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Golden Tigers lost 82-75 at Stillman Jan. 12 and won 69-51 at Miles Jan. 15.
That result leaves the Golden Tigers in second place in the SIAC with a 5-2 record, percentage points behind Kentucky State, which is 7-2 in the conference. The Golden Tigers are 5-4 overall.
Nelson, the Golden Tigers’ leading rebounder at 8.4 a game and second leading scorer at 11.4 points a game, had 17 points and a season-high nine rebounds against Stillman. His work off the boards helped the Golden Tigers to a 54-48 rebounding advantage that included 23 on the offensive end. Aaron Ragsdale, who grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, had six offensive boards. The Golden Tigers, however, converted their offensive rebounds into just 12 second chance points.
Nelson, 5-for-11 from the field, was active inside and repeatedly got to the free throw line. He was 7-for-10 on foul shots.
Thomas chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds.
The Golden Tigers trailed 40-39 at the half after falling behind by as many as 11 points. They closed the half on an 11-2 run with Nelson and Thomas combining for nine points.
The Golden Tigers outscored Stillman 11-1 to start the second half and went ahead 50-41.The score was tied 68-all with 4:28 left in the game, but the Golden Tigers faltered down the stretch. They made just one field goal, a three-pointer by Jeremy Williams with 20 seconds remaining, in the final four minutes.
Nelson came back with a season-high 20 points and another nine-rebound effort against Miles as the Golden Tigers posted their third victory in their last four games.
The Golden Tigers, who defeated Miles 62-48 at the James Center on Jan. 3, took control of the game from the opening tip. They led 13-0 in the first seven minutes and never trailed in the contest. The Golden Bears cut the lead to six points at one juncture and were behind 26-17 at the half.
The Golden Tigers’ lead grew to 22 points in the second half.
Thomas, who had 15 points and seven rebounds, led the Golden Tigers’ second half blitz with 13 points.
The Golden Tigers will face LeMoyne-Owen on Mon., Jan. 17 in Memphis, Tenn.