Panthers softball game canceled
Today’s softball game between Claflin and St. Augustine’s has been canceled due to weather conditions.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Benedict 65, Claflin 56 (Thursday)
COLUMBIA - Talaya Robinson’s 20 points would not be enough to help Claflin pick up their sixth win of the year in their regular season finale.
Benedict only shot 27 percent from the field in the first half, but managed to hold on to a 28-24 lead at the half.
The Lady Tigers made it a point to attack the basket scoring nearly half of their points in the paint outscoring the Lady Panthers 30-12 in that department. Claflin (5-21) would hold a 45-40 lead before the Lady Tigers ( went on a 17-2 run in the second half that would eventually help Benedict secure the win.
Monique Weathers led the Lady Tigers with 13 points while Kaiya Elliott had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
SCSU women open Florida road swing
The S.C. State women’s basketball team will look to continue their winning streak when they open a four-game road swing this weekend in the Sunshine State. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. and Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Bethune-Cookman (BCU) and Florida A&M (FAMU), respectively. The contest against Bethune-Cookman is set for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday while the game with Florida A&M is scheduled for Monday at 5:30 p.m.
S.C. State enters the weekend with a 15-7 overall record and 7-4 bill in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). More importantly, the Lady Bulldogs sit just one game in front of both BCU & FAMU in the conference standings, as the both enter the weekend with a 6-5 conference record. Seniors Tiara Knotts and Ashley Clarke are pacing the Lady Bulldogs averaging 13.3 and 10.7 points respectively. Clarke is also leading the team in rebounding averaging 6.9 boards per outing.
The Lady Bulldogs will travel to North Carolina next Saturday and Monday, March 2 and 4, to take on North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central, respectively. S.C. State will close out its regular season at home on Thursday, March 7 when they host Delaware State.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Benedict 57, Claflin 56 (Thursday)
COLUMBIA - Terrance Bowman’s 3-point shot attempt in the final second of Thursday’s regular season finale missed the mark and Claflin fell to rival Benedict 57-56.
Claflin (10-16, 8-10) shot a dismal 26.6 percent from the field in the first half, but were able to Benedict (19-6, 15-2) to shooting 29 percent from the floor trailing the host Tigers 22-19 at the half.
Despite taking a 45-43 lead in the second half with 8:50 to go, Claflin’s struggles from the field continued as the team only made 40 percent of their shots in the half. Meanwhile, Benedict found their shooting touch in the final 20 minutes of posting a 68 percent mark from the field.
Bowman ended the night as the Panthers’ leading scorer with 12 points in the loss while David Glover added 11.
Xavier Collier, who sank the final two free throws to give the Tigers the lead, finished the night with a game-high 26 points in the victory. He was aided by Tydran Beaty with 10 points.
SCSU focuses on Bethune-Cookman
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The South Carolina State Bulldogs will open up against Bethune-Cookman in a pivotal Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference showdown, the first of a four-game road swing Saturday. Tip-off is 4 p.m., immediately after the women’s contest.
S.C. State enters the contest 5-19 overall, 1-10 in the MEAC, while Bethune-Cookman is 10-16 overall, 5-6 in the league. The Bulldogs suffered a tough 71-52 defeat to second-ranked N.C. Central on last week while the Wildcats snapped a two-game skid with a 64-50 victory over Howard.
The Bulldogs are led by Florida native junior forward Matthew Hezekiah with 13 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Senior point guard and newly member of the 1,000-point club Khalif Toombs is second with 11.8 points per game and 5.4 assists per game. Freshman forward Darryl Palmer has come on strong in his rookie year averaging 8.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.