Albany St. (GA) 4-7,3-3 SIAC
Central St. (OH) 5-5,3-1 SIAC
|Albany St. (GA)||9||12||36||22||79|
|Central St. (OH)||26||12||24||29||91|
It was a tough evening for Albany State basketball as both the men’s and women’s squad were handed defeats by the Marauders of Central State University.
First up were the lady Rams who quickly were jumped on by the Marauders and found themselves in a 26-9 hole at the end of the first quarter. The Golden Rams were able to keep pace with the Marauders on the second quarter, matching Central State’s 12 points, but still went into the half trailing 38-21.
Behind a third quarter that saw them shooting 60% (9-15) , 1-1 from downtown and 17-19 from the charity stripe, the Rams were able to put up a 36 point period to cut the lead to 62-57 heading into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter proved to be Albany State’s undiong, as defensively the Marauders shot 52.9% (9-17) from the floor, including 2-3 from downtown and 81% (9-11) from the foul line in scoring 29 points in the final stanza. Offensively Albany State was unable to continue the shooting from the third quarter, coming back to Earth shooting 40% (9-22), a frigid 20% (1-5) from distance and connecting on just 60% (3-5) of their free throws, scoring 22 points.
For the victorious Marauders, Kailyn Nash led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds on an efficient 6-12 from the floor and 10-10 from the foul line.
Kashay Hankerson led the Rams with 20 points but missed 12 of her 18 field goal attempt. Kayla Millner chipped in 14 points; Juanisha Black added 12 points on 5-7 FG and was the only Rams player that attem;ted more than three field goals and shot 50% or better.
With the loss the lady Rams fall to (4-7, 2-3 SIAC). They look to bounce back Saturday when they will head to Frankfurt, KY to take on Kentucky State. Tip-off is set for 1:00 pm EST.
Albany St. (GA) 2-10,2-3 SIAC
Central St. (OH) 3-5,3-2 SIAC
|Albany St. (GA)||34||35||69|
|Central St. (OH)||58||28||86|
Things were actually worse on the men’s side, Central State came out hot in the opening half, shooting 65% (23-35) from the floor and an unconscious 72% (8-11) from downtown in building a 24-point advantage, 58-34 at the half.
The Golden Rams fell behind by as much as 31 points and only sliced the lead to 17 at 86-69, once the proverbial dogs had been called out as the game was never in doubt in the second half.
Kevin Moore led four Marauders, and all scorers, with 27 points, connecting on 5-9 from downtown. Willie Jackson put in 17 points ; Marcus Scott added 11 points and 4 rebounds, while Steven Kay II chipped in 10 points.
The wire-to-wire win lifts the Marauders to 3-5 and 3-2 in the SIAC
In a losing effort, Malik Parker and Jaleel Simmons lead the Golden Rams with 14 apiece; Maurice Dickson and Terin Wofford also contributed 10 points each.
Coach Patrick Gayle’s team will look to put the skids on their 4-game losing streak Saturday when they will take on Kentucky State. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 pm EST