Golden Tigers sweep Stillman to maintain lead in SIAC West


Saturday night, the Tuskegee University Men’s Basketball team completed a season sweep of division rival Stillman College with an 86-72 victory inside Birthright Alumni Hall. The win marks the first time all season that any opponent of the Stillman Tigers has earned a win inside their gym, as Stillman was previously 9-0 in games played inside Tuscaloosa.

Javier McKinney is one of the top players that has helped the Golden tigers to a 10-3 conference record in the SIAC.
Tuskegee (11-11 overall, and 10-3 in SIAC) had three players score in double figures, with C.J. Thomas scoring a team high 21 points while shooting 9-of-21 from the field. Richard Dixon led TU with eight rebounds, and he also finished the game with 18 points, while Javier McKinney also had ten to round out the top scorers for the visiting team.

Since starting the season 2-9 with a brutal non-conference schedule, the Golden Tigers have only lost three times since the start of conference play, while earning a pair of four-game winning streaks in the process. The Golden Tigers went 3-1 during their recent home stand, dropping a 72-68 decision to Benedict College Jan. 17 before earning wins against Kentucky State (69-63), Lane (86-72) and their first victory of the season over Stillman (79-66) played Jan. 31. Tuskegee then earned a victory over Miles College in Birmingham, with a 59-53 decision before dropping a 90-80 decision over LeMoyne-Owen Feb. 2.

Miles and LeMoyne-Owen come to the Chappie James Arena this Saturday and Monday, respectively, for games to be played to wrap up the current home schedule for the season. For Tuskegee, a rare opportunity to avenge an earlier conference loss on the schedule presents itself, as the other two conference losses were against opponents that Tuskegee does not play again this season. Those setbacks were against Morehouse College (79-51 on Jan. 5) and the loss to Benedict.

If the regular season ended today, Tuskegee would be seeded #3 going into the SIAC Tournament. But there is a realistic chance that TU could catch Benedict at the end of the season to pick up the #2 seed. With Benedict earning a 12-2 record in conference play, they would have to drop two of their remaining games on the schedule, while the Golden Tigers won their final four games. That task begins with the two-game home stand on Saturday and Monday. Both games are schedule to tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

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