The Kentucky State basketball teams split a home doubleheader with Clark Atlanta Thursday night.
The Thorobreds beat the Panthers 70-61 while the Lady Panthers defeated the Thorobrettes 71-64.
Thursday’s game was the regular season finale for the KSU women, who finished the year 9-17. The KSU men (11-14) wrap up their season Saturday at home against Morehouse College.
KSU 70, CAU 61 (M)
The Thorobreds found themselves up 58-57 with two minutes left Thursday and used a 12-4 run the rest of the way to secure the victory.
Free throws were key for KSU in those final two minutes. The Thorobreds went 7-of-7 in crunch time and finished the game 15-of-22 (68 percent) from the charity stripe.
The game was close throughout as the Panthers found themselves with a 32-29 lead at halftime. CAU got up 46-37 before KSU rallied back and swapped leads with the Panthers until finally pulling away.
KSU shot 45 percent from the field while CAU shot just 37 percent, but the Panthers did outrebound the Thorobreds 43-36.
Patrick Dawson led KSU with 19 points while William Marsh had 14. Also scoring for the Thorobreds were Troy Adams with nine, Austin Rich and Fred Jones Jr. with eight, Earl Ruffin Jr. with five, Markus Montague with four and John Gaston with three.
Royce Hamilton led CAU with 16 points and Chano Rashiduddin scored 10.
CAU 71, KSU 64 (W)
The Thorobrettes couldn’t capitalize on a 32-31 halftime lead, letting the Lady Panthers open the second half with an 18-6 run from which the Thorobrettes couldn’t recover.
KSU did cut the deficit to three, 53-50, with 5:03 left to play but CAU stretched its lead back out to seven points three minutes later and never saw its advantage dip below four the rest of the way.
The major statistics didn’t favor one team over another as KSU shot 14-of-17 (82 percent) from the free throw line and shot 24-of-57 (42 percent) from the floor while grabbing 33 rebounds.
CAU shot 17-of-21 (81 percent) from the line and 27-of-59 (46 percent) from the floor while snagging 35 rebounds. The Lady Panthers committed two less turnovers – 19 to 21.
The difference on the stat sheet came in the number of double digit scorers for both teams.
KSU had one player crack double figures: Raven Ward with 29 points. Also scoring for the Thorobrettes was Tiffany Merritt and Asia Dubose with seven, Ashley Thompson-Baker with six, Megan Larue and Joanna Powell with four Shayla Moore with three and Brielle Newton and Sharnita Lloyd with two.
CAU had three players in double digits. Conisha Hicks led the team with 14, Shovon Caldwell had 13 Denisee Law had 12.