Kentucky State’s basketball teams took two games from Miles College Saturday in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at the Exum Center.
The Thorobreds won 81-72 while the KSU women took a 65-58 victory.
KSU steps out of conference play Monday, hosting Central State at the Exum Center. The women’s game will start at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8.
Kentucky State shot 59.3 percent in the first half, building a 45-35 lead, and maintained its advantage through the second half.
KSU (11-9, 9-5) got off to a slow start as the Bears grabbed a 7-0 lead.
The Thorobreds’ first lead came at 20-19 on a 3-pointer by Ulysses Thomas III with 11:19 left in the first half, and they took the lead for good about 2½ minutes later on another 3 by Thomas.
Thomas went 5 for 8 on 3-pointers and was KSU’s leading scorer with 18 points. Also in double figures were Antonio Sullivan with 14 points and Quentin Henderson and Devin Crain with 11 points each.
Rounding out the scoring for K-State was Brandon Darrett with eight points, Troy Adams and Darquell Pulliam with seven points each, Earl Ruffin Jr. and John Gaston with two points each, and Markus Montague with one point.
Darrett had seven rebounds and three blocked shots, and Pulliam and Adams each had three assists.
Terrence Noel scored a game-high 21 points to lead Miles (2-19, 2-11).
Kentucky State withstood a late rally to improve to 9-12 overall and 5-8 in the SIAC.
KSU was leading Miles by 18 points, 60-42, with 4:39 left in the game. The Lady Bears cut the lead to single digits but didn’t get closer than the final margin of seven points.
Style Harper led the Thorobrettes with 14 points, followed by Shayla Moore with 12 and Brieona Warner with 10.
Teeuntra Moore had nine rebounds for KSU, which outrebounded Miles 45-44, and Harper handed out a game-high six assists.
Warner had five steals and four blocked shots.
Also scoring for K-State were Crystal Allen and LaShell West with eight points each, Taylor Sanders and Teeuntra Moore with four points each, Labria Fulmore with three, and Nandi Taylor with two points.
Javonne Brown, who went 11 for 21 from the foul line, led Miles (10-12, 4-8) with 19 points. Samirah Ali had 13 points, and Tiffany Stephens had 13 rebounds.