ATLANTA, Ga. – Clark Atlanta men’s basketball trailed the entire game until 33 seconds remained and then needed basket with 16 seconds left to defeat Paine College from L.S. Epps Gymnasium; 73-72
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Clark Atlanta 73; Paine 72
Record: Clark Atlanta (14-8; 8-3 SIAC); Paine (1-16; 0-11 SIAC)
Date: Feb. 2, 2017 | Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: L.S. Epps Gymnasium | Atlanta, Ga.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half | The first half started off rough for the Panthers as they allowed the Lions to make a run on them leaving the Panthers down by six. It wasn’t until Damien Davis went to the free throw line that put the Panthers on the board. Johnson added another two points with a layup leaving the Panthers trailing 12-3. As the first half continued, the Lions continued with a five-point run on the Panthers, 19-9. The Panthers then began to fight back connecting on back- to- back 3-pointers, 25-15. Davis came back at the end of the half with a steal and a layup. The half ended with the Panthers trailing by six, 42-34.
CAU shot 12-for-39 (30.8 percent) from the floor, including 3-for-16 from behind the arc.
Second Half | Tajai Johnson opened up the second half with a shot from the floor; 46-36. It was followed by Lawrance Triplett putting up four more shots closing the margin between the Lions and the Panthers; 46-40. The Panthers forced the Lions turnover the ball as Johnson put up a 3-pointer with an assist from Derek Harper; 51-43. With a five-point run for the Panthers, Tim Sanders put up another 3-pointer for the Panthers, as Johnson, Triplett, and Davis made shots from the floor; 64-57. As the half came to an end, Davis put up shots for the Panthers with an assist from Johnson as the Lions allowed Harper to shoot 2-for-2 from the line, then to the free throw line again where he shot 3-for-3. A pair of made FT from Paine put the visiting ahead with 32 seconds to play, 72-71, before Johnson split the defense and laid the ball in with 16 seconds remaining. A last second shot for Paine was no good.
The game ended with the Panthers winning their third straight at Epps Gymnasium.
CAU shot 26-for-71 (36.6 percent) from the floor and 5-of-30 (16.7 percent) from the 3-point range with 13 steals and 31 points from turnovers.
Clark Atlanta led the game in second chance scoring, 14-2, points in the paint, 20-16, and points off turnovers, 31-14. The Panthers forced the Lions into 26 turnovers.
CAU also held the edge in rebounds, 40-36, and offensive rebounds, 18-4.
Five Panthers scored in double digits as Johnson (18) led the team followed by Davis (15), Sanders (12), Triplett (12) and Harper (11).
Triplett recorded a game-high in rebounds with 11 on his way to his sixth double-double of the season. He also tied for the game-high in assist with four.
Davis had a game-high six steals to go with six rebounds.
CAU will play four straight on the road before ending the season with home games from L.S. Epps Gymnasium on Feb. 18, 20 and 23.