TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Kentucky State University and Stillman College squared off in a men’s and women’s doubleheader Thursday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. with Stillman taking both games from KSU.
The Tigers won 86-79 while the Lady Tigers claimed an 86-60 victory. The KSU men drop to 9-13 with the loss while the women fall to 8-15.
Stillman 86, KSU 79 (M)
The men’s game was nip and tuck in the first half. The Thorobreds found themselves down one, 24-23 with 6:49 left in the half on a layup by Kevin Smith.
It was a 19-9 run by the Tigers in the remaining six minutes that stretched their lead to 11 at halftime.
Stillman increased its lead to 16 with 11:44 left in the game before Austin Rich jump-started a KSU rally.
Rich was a jack-of-all trades during the rally as he assisted, made steals, knocked down free throws and buried a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to three, 69-66, with 6:46 left to play.
KSU tied things up 30 seconds later on a free throw by Smith.
That’s as close as the Thorobreds would get. The Tigers outscored KSU 17-10 down the stretch to seal the win and move to 13-10 on the year.
Smith led the Thorobreds in scoring with 20 points while William Marsh and Troy Adams both had 16. Rich was the only other double-digit scorer for KSU with 12 points.
Lee Riley and Jeffrey Wherry were a lethal combo for Stillam, racking up 23 and 21 points, respectively.
KSU plays again Saturday at Tuskegee University.
Stillman 86, KSU 60 (W)
The Lady Tigers scored the same number of points as their male counterparts but got a much bigger win over the Thorobrettes, who only shot 34 percent (21-of-62) from the field.
Scoring wasn’t KSU’s only problem in Thursday’s game as the Thorobrettes got outrebounded 47-41 and committed six more turnovers than the Lady Tigers.
KSU did suffer from a huge disparity at the charity stripe, shooting 16 free throws and making 10. Stillman, on the other hand, made 23 of their 33 attempts.
Despite the lopsided final tally, KSU seemed in control early, leading 29-19 with 7:41 left in the first half. The Lady Tigers showed resiliency in the remaining seven minutes as they cut the lead to 40-37 at half.
A promising first half for KSU was completely undermined by a horrific shooting performance in the second half. After going 16-of-31 in the first, the Thorobrettes were just 5-of-31 after halftime.
Stillman shot 54 percent (19-of-35) in the second half and put the game out of reach with a little under nine minutes left in the game.
KSU wouldn’t get closer than 16 the rest of the way.
Sharnita Lloyd led KSU with 18 points while Raven Ward chipped in 11.
Phyllice Eubanks notched 26 for Stillman and Jamila McKinnis had 19.
The KSU women also play at Tuskegee Saturday.