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The Claflin University Panthers will cap off a three-game home stand Saturday against Paine College in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) East Division contest inside Tullis Arena.

Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 3:30 p.m., following the women’s matchup. It will be Greek Day on the Claflin campus. All fans wearing Greek paraphernalia will be admitted for $5.

The Panthers will be out to extend the program’s longest winning streak since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in the 2008-09. In that inaugural season, Claflin posted an impressive 24-5 record and participated in the NCAA Division II National Tournament, taking a part in the regionals at Lakeland, Fla.

At that time, Claflin won its first-ever tournament game, defeating Valdosta State 54-50 in the opening round before losing to Christian Brothers 72-53 in the second round.

The Panthers' winning streak now stands at 15 following a 73-51 rout of Tuskegee University seven days ago. The home win, Claflin’s sixth of the season in seven outings, improved the Panthers' worksheet to 16-1 overall and 9-0 in the SIAC.

Fans are reminded that entrance to the building will be limited to the doorway on Magnolia Street closest to the parking lot.

Team will-call ONLY will remain at the parking lot entrance.


Lady Panthers

also face Paine

The Lady Panthers will try to stay within striking distance of first place in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) East Division when they host Paine College on Saturday.

Tip-off for the divisional matchup is slated for 1:30 p.m. inside Tullis Arena.

Claflin is 10-7 on the season with a hold on second place in the East. The Lady Panthers trail first-place Clark Atlanta University by a half-game with a 7-2 in the division. Clark Atlanta suffered its first loss within the SIAC this week, falling to LeMoyne-Owen College 59-48 for a 7-1 league record.

Claflin and Clark Atlanta will square off in the first of two meetings on Jan. 22 in Atlanta, followed by a Feb. 5 date in Orangeburg.

When Claflin takes to the court against Paine Saturday, the Lady Panthers will be in search of a fourth straight win.


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