TU Men 77, AUM 68
James Eads scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half and the Tuskegee University men's basketball team ran past Auburn-Montgomery (AUM) 77-68 Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the Chappie James Arena in non-conference action. The win splits the season series for both teams.
The Golden Tigers shot a scorching 51.9 percent from the field and led 40-29 at the break. Travis Flagg posted 21 points to go along with seven assists and seven rebounds on the evening. Jaylan Shelton scored 11 points and hauled in six rebounds while Myles Thomas added nine points.
Daniel Roach, who finished with 12 points nailed a three pointer at the 9:36 mark giving Tuskegee its largest lead of the evening at 50-33. Roach connected on three of the team's five baskets beyond the arc. The Suwanee, Georgia native also collected seven boards.
The Golden Tigers forced AUM into shooting only 20 percent from three point range on 5-of-24 shooting from long range. The Warhawks were led Reagan Eubanks who scored a game-high 26 points, but was only 1-of-6 from three point range.
When the two teams played back in November, TU led by as many as 14 points in the first half and had three score in double figures, but a pair of free throws with three seconds left lifted the Warhawks past the Golden Tigers in dramatic fashion 68-66.
Lane College 66, TU Men 62 (OT)
James Eads made two free throws with 20 seconds left to put Tuskegee ahead by two points 57-55 but it would not be enough to survive late second heroics as Lane College defeated the Golden Tigers in an overtime thriller 66-62 Saturday, Feb. 3 in Jackson Tenne.
TU led for the majority of the second half, taking a one-point lead with just under a minute to go, only to lose that lead a mere 24 seconds later. After a Golden Tiger free throw extended the lead to two, Lane College had a chance to win it with a three.
The three from the wing was long but, Kendarius Ash tipped back in the ball as the buzzer sounded, forcing overtime. Lane College made the most of the extra frame, outscoring TU in OT 9-5.
Eads led the Golden Tigers with 19 points and five rebounds. Myles Thomas added 17 points while Daniel Roach chipped in 12 points, all three pointers.
Ash finished with a season-high 27 points and 27 rebounds. He also had seven assists, one block and one steal. Brandon Dansoh dropped in 11 points and Ai'Shontis Sanders added 10 including a big 3-pointer to give the Dragons a four-point lead at the beginning of overtime.
LeMoyne Owen 70, TU Men 61
The Tuskegee University men's basketball team dropped its second straight game Monday, Feb. 5 at LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis, Tenn. falling 70-61. In a rare contest, TU did not attempt a single free throw in the entire second half while the Magicians attempted 22 from the charity stripe.
Travis Flagg led the Golden Tigers with 19 points including five three-pointers to go along with eight assists. James Eads and Daniel Roach added 13 points each with Roach shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range. Jaylan Shelton chipped seven points.
Martez Briggs scored a game-high 22 points for LOC and collected eight boards with teammate Demba Konate chipping in 16 points.
The Golden Tigers held their largest lead in the first half at the 15:55 mark, which was nine points, but the Magicians went on a 13-3 run over the next five minutes to take its first lead of the game at 15-14. In the second half, LOC created its biggest deficit for Tuskegee, opening up a 17 point advantage at the 11:29 mark.
The biggest difference in the game came at the free throw line as the Golden Tigers were only awarded a total of eight foul shots. LeMoyne Owen on the other hand took 33 attempts for the game.
TU faces rival Miles College in a double-header with the women. Live coverage from Fairfield starts at 5:25 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8.