Augusta, GA- Inclement weather didn’t stop the Lions from roaring, but it did put out the fire for the Lane College Dragons.
The Paine College Lions returned to the win column, Monday, January 10, 2011 after losing 87-94 to Kentucky State University in double overtime Saturday, January 8, 2011. Having to play an extra five minutes to get the win, the Lions put out the fire of the Lane College Dragons 74-71 and wrapped up another SIAC conference win.
Senior Thomas Broughton (pictured) scored a career and season high 24 points to lead all scorers in the second half of the double-header contest. With 2:32 remaining in regulation, the Dragons had a six point lead over the Lions. Senior Anthony Ogunleye connected on the second of two free throws, to give the Dragons the ball. A missed jumper by the Dragons, a rebound, turnover, and block all by Paine’s Geno Green and a rebound by Sophomore Mario Jordan allowed the Lions to get the ball back. With the ball in our court, Thomas Broughton connected on a big three pointer to bring the Lions within two points (54-56).
The Lions and Dragons continued to go back and forth, and then a jumper and foul shot by Geno Green tied the game at 58 each to send the game into overtime.
The Lions jumped out and scored the first four points in overtime, and then a three pointer by Lane’s Nick Jones cut the lead to one. The Lions kept shooting, building the lead, and holding the lead, 70-63, until Pierre Robertson and James Edmond both connected on back-to-back three pointers, making the score 70-69.
The Lions were not fazed by the big shots and kept pressing forward even after a turnover by the Lions, which could have given the Dragons the chance to take the lead with 46 seconds remaining in overtime. Mario Jordan got back on defense, came up with a big block which kept the Dragons from scoring.
In the end, the Lions shot 31.4% from the field, 30 % from the three-point arc, and 87.8% from the free-throw line for the game. Mario Jordan scored 17 points; Geno Green ended the night with 10 points, six rebounds, and five blocks. Christopher Hunt also added nine points and eight rebounds to help the Lions capture the win.
Lane College Dragons (2-7; 1-7 SIAC) had four players to score in double digits, and were led by Emmanuel Cheers with 18 points.
With the win, the Lions improve to 5-6 overall and 5-5 SIAC record.
The Lions return to action, Thursday, January 13, 2011 as they travel to Fort Valley, Georgia to take on the Wildcats of Fort Valley State University with tip-off scheduled for 6:00 PM.