On Jan. 11 the Albany State University Golden Rams outlasted the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers 80-72 in a tight battle at Forbes Arena in Downtown Atlanta that consisted of seven lead changes. The game remained balanced throughout the majority of play. The team’s stats were similar for both sides with nearly identical shooting accuracy, and contributions from the bench. As the second half began to wind down, the Golden Rams began to build a lead the Maroon Tigers couldn’t catch up to.
Albany State’s defensive efforts made all of the difference. The Golden Rams forced 18 turnovers that included 11 steals out of Morehouse’s possessions.
“We wanted to guard and we wanted to make sure that we disrupted what they were trying to do offensively and disrupt that rhythm and we did a great job of being long and being active and taking away deflections.” Albany State Interim Head Coach Adrian White said.
The energy from the Albany State fans also helped fuel their win on the road in Forbes. Gold and blue towels populated the stands as they cheered and motivated their team.
“Having that support from the fans is definitely a plus. We know we’re trying to change the culture here. We want to do big things and we understand and appreciate that the fans are coming from where they are coming from and supporting and wearing blue and gold and we appreciate what they’re doing.”
Senior Guard, Randy McClure, led the court for the Golden Rams. He dominated both sides of the ball and finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and a steal to top it all off.
“We had to bring a lot of energy. We prepared all week for it, we worked on their sets, we knew what they were going to do. So we just got out there and did what we do at practice and that’s what gave us the win.” He said.
Albany State advances to 9-8 while Morehouse College falls to 7-8. Next up, both teams will hit the road as Albany State will face Paine College, while Morehouse College will head to Columbia, South Carolina to take on Benedict College.