Second half ralley helps Benedict claim consecutive SIAC Men's Basketball Championship title - Mar 7, 2013
Atlanta, GA--Marcus Goode (6'10''-C) was named 2013 SIAC Men's Basketball Tournament MVP as the 6-10 senior All-American recorded a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead Benedict College to its second consecutive SIAC Men's Basketball Championship with a 68-60 victory over Morehouse College Saturday evening at Forbes Arena.
Lamar Adkins (6'8''-F) added 15 points off the bench for the Tigers, who won their fourth tournament title since 2004 under head coach Fred Watson .
"We knew that they [Morehouse] were going to come out aggressive," Watson said. "They are very well coach and know us very well and really challenged us in all phases of the game. I am happy to have a group of seniors that are self motivated and know how to get the job done."
Andrae Nelson (6'6''-F) had 20 points to lead the Maroon Tigers, and was named to the All-Tournament team, as was Darrius Williams (6'4''-G), who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
While Morehouse applied pressure on SIAC Men's Player of the Year Xavier Collier (5'11''-PG), the point guard managed to get his teammates involved by dishing a game-high nine assists to match his 10 points he scored. Rickie Jackson (6'5''-G), who was named to the All-Conference team along with Goode, scored six points, but hit his 12th and 13th 3-point basket in the second half to help spark Benedict's comeback.
Morehouse opened up the second half with a 9-3 run to take a 41-33 lead, getting the large home Morehouse crowd excited and forcing Watson to burn a quick time out. Senior Cassius Bell (6'3''-G) hit a jumper on the ensuing play, but Morehouse's Shawn Allen (6'5''-F) responded with a jumper. Goode converted on a layup that would spark a 18-4 run by the Tigers.
A 3-pointer by Jackson cut the lead to three as Brennan Reynard (5'11''-PG) hit back-to-back baskets to give Benedict the 46-45 lead with 11:01 to play. An Adkins jumper gave Benedict the lead for good, 48-47, with 10:17 to play, and he followed by hitting a 3-pointer on the next possession.
Benedict had a 61-53 lead with 2:27 left, but Morehouse got a 3-pointer from Austin Anderson and a jumper from Nelson to make it 61-58 with 1:43 left to play. Over the next minute, Benedict missed one field goal and two free throws, while Morehouse missed two field goals. Adkins snapped the scoring drought by sinking two critical free throws with .38 second remaining in the game to put the Tigers ahead 63-58.
Morehouse cut the lead to 65-60 with .18 seconds left on a jumper by Williams, but Adkins sank two more free throws with .16 seconds left to secure the victory.
Joining Goode, Jackson, Nelson, and Williams on the All-Tournament team was Tuskegee guard Calvin Thomas (5'6''-G), who averaged 16 points in two tournament games for the Golden Tigers.
Courtesy of SIAC
SIAC Tournament Final: Benedict - Morehouse 68-60
SIAC Tournament Semifinals:
Benedict - Paine 68-55
Morehouse - Tuskegee 63-59
|All-SIAC 1st Team 2012-2013|
All-Tournament MVP: Marcus Goode (6'10''-C) of Benedict
Player of the Year: Xavier Collier (5'11''-PG) of Benedict
Defensive Player of the Year: Torrean Walker (6'7''-C) of Stillman
Freshman of the Year: Shaquille Cook () of Tuskegee
Newcomer of the Year: Darrius Williams (6'4''-G) of Morehouse
Coach of the Year: Grady Brewer of Morehouse
G: Jaren Harris (5'10'') of Albany St.
PG: Xavier Collier (5'11'') of Benedict
C: Marcus Goode (6'10'') of Benedict
G: Darrius Williams (6'4'') of Morehouse
F: Andrae Nelson (6'6'') of Morehouse
G: Terrence Bowman (6'4'') of Claflin
PG: Mario Jordan (5'11'') of Paine
F: Ladarius Rhone (6'5'') of Stillman
G: Calvin Thomas (5'6'') of Tuskegee
F: Brandon Davey (6'6'') of Ft.Valley St.
Darrius Williams (6'4''-G) of Morehouse
Ricky Jackson (6'7''-F-87) of Z*Tennessee MH
Andrae Nelson (6'6''-F) of Morehouse
Marcus Goode (6'10''-C) of Benedict
Calvin Thomas (5'6''-G) of Tuskegee
Julius Taylor (6'2''-G) of Tuskegee
Jeremy Whitmore (5'11''-G) of Lane
Janko Popovic (6'7''-F) of Le Moyne-Owen
Moriah Johnson (6'4''-F) of Tuskegee
Chukwudi Ndudikwa (6'1''-G) of Morehouse
Shoquan Stevens (6'2''-F-90) of Lane
Regianld Martin (6'8''-F) of Benedict
Derrick Martin (6'0''-PG) of Clark Atlanta
Ron Foxx (6'7''-F-93) of Miles
Jeffrey Wherry (5'10''-PG) of Stillman