The Kentucky State University men’s basketball team defeated SIAC West Division opponent Stillman College, 89-84, Monday at the Exum Center.
The victory gave Kentucky State (5-9, 4-5 SIAC) a key victory over an SIAC West Division opponent that is ahead of it in the standings.
Stillman (10-10, 5-4 SIAC) snapped a two-game SIAC win streak after victories over Claflin and an overtime win against Lane before heading to Frankfort.
KSU jumped out to an early lead, taking a 10-2 advantage after senior Brandon Darrett converted a layup just under four minutes into the first half.
Darrett led the Thorobreds with a season-high 23 points while also adding 12 rebounds. The performance gives Darrett six double-doubles this season.
Darrien Wilkins also had a big night for the Thorobreds, finishing the contest with 12 points and 11 rebounds, six of them coming on the offensive end.
Senior Earl Ruffin Jr. had another solid game off the bench. Ruffin contributed with an efficient 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor as well as a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Stillman was led by Markeith Madison, who had a team-high 23 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Kentucky State hosts its fourth straight home game Thursday, taking on Trevecca Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.
The Kentucky State University Thorobrettes picked up their first SIAC victory by defeating the Stillman College Lady Tigers, 81-69, Monday at the Exum Center.
The win gave KSU head coach Serena King-Coleman her 99th career victory.
Kentucky State (5-11, 1-7 SIAC) went on a 13-2 run to start the contest and built its lead to as many as 19 points in the first half of the game.
Stillman (5-13, 1-7 SIAC) fought its way back, cutting the Thorobrettes’ lead to seven at the intermission, with KSU taking a 37-30 lead into the half.
Kentucky State bounced back and built its lead back to as many as 14 points before finishing off the Lady Tigers. The Thorobrettes never trailed in Monday’s game.
Shayla Moore and LaShell West led the way offensively for KSU, pouring in a team-high 17 points each. Moore also had a team-high nine rebounds and three steals.
Forward Brieona Warner had 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists for KSU.
Stillman was led by Angel Mitchell with 25 points, five assists and six turnovers.
The Thorobrettes hit the road to take on Miles College Saturday in Fairfield, Ala. After its game against Miles, Kentucky State will head to Memphis, Tenn. to take on the LeMoyne-Owen Lady Magicians.