| 03/1/2012 06:37 AM
(Atlanta, GA)- In the first round of the tournament #6 Paine College defeated #11 Morehouse College (63-60).
Paine College’s Tony Baker sank two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to help lift the sixth-seed Lions to a 63-60 victory over11th seed Morehouse College in a first-round game in the 2012 SIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena.
Baker led the Lions with 12 points, while Mario Jordan and Geno Green each added 10 points. Paine, now 15-12 on the season, advances to face third-seed Clark Atlanta at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.
Cortez Nesbitt and Shawn Allen each had 18 points to lead the Morehouse Maroon Tigers.
Paine had a 59-51 lead after a driving layup by Kedric Taylor with 4:05 left in the game, but Morehouse cut the lead to 59-58, getting six points from Nelson, including a three-point play. Darius Smith cut through the defense for a layup to give the Lions a 61-58 lead with 1:05 left to play.
Nelson scored on a turn-around jumper in the paint to make it 61-60 with
44 seconds left.
Paine missed a shot, and Morehouse had the ball with a chance to pull ahead, but turned the ball back over to Paine with 4.6 seconds left on the clock. Baker raced down the court unguarded and caught a long pass and waited for the defense to foul him and then sealed the win at the line.
Paine College will take on Clark Atlanta University, Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. in the Forbes Arena on the campus of Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA.
For more information contact, the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu or visit thesiactournament.com
Content Courtesy of The SIAC Tournament.com