Lions Pick Up First SIAC Win of Season at Miles

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/13/2014 12:04 PM

Story by Kayla Thomas, SID

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Paine College men’s basketball team defeated the Golden Bears from Miles College 86-68 on Jan. 6 inside of the Birmingham Crossplex. Paine improves to 5-6 with the win while Miles falls to 0-10. Paine is now 1-1 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). 

The Lions scored eight uncontested points to start the game before a total blackout in the Birmingham Crossplex following a hot Kedric Taylor jumper at the basket. After about a 20-minute delay while the lights warmed back up, the Lions got back to the hoop quickly and put eight more points on the board before the first Miles basket. At the half, Paine led 42-23. The Lions led the entire game and they led by as much as 27 in the second half.

Arnis Libazs had a stellar night on the court where he turned in career highs in rebounds, points and blocks. Libazs had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks over 37 minutes of playing time. He also recorded his first double-double as a Lion. Jordan Warner turned in his third double-double of the season with 13 rebounds and 12 points. Kedric Taylor (16), Adrian Caldwell (14) and Kenny Fluellen (11) also scored in double digits for Paine. Fluellen led the game in assists with nine, a career high.

Paine shot 58 percent from the field, 44 percent from behind the arc and 58 percent at the line. Miles shot 38 percent from the field, 35 percent from behind the arc and 63 percent from the line. Terrance Noel was the leading scorer for the Golden Bears with 25 points.

Up Next

LeMoyne-Owen travels to Paine on Jan. 9 to play the Lions at 7:30 p.m. inside of the HEAL Complex.

For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or kthomas@paine.edu