The Claflin University Panthers pushed their season winning streak to 15 games, rolling past Tuskegee University 73-51 in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) contest Saturday at Tullis Arena.
Claflin is 16-1 overall and a perfect 9-0 in the SIAC.
Benjamin “Tre” Williams led the Panthers in scoring with 16 points followed by Austin Lawton with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Jaleel Charles scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds along with four blocked shots for Claflin, while Tondric Johnson also added nine points.
Williams and Johnson continued their hot shooting from three-point land, combining for seven. Williams had four and Johnson added three. The duo knocked down five apiece against Miles College last week.
The 51 points scored by Tuskegee tied a season low allowed by the Panthers defense. Claflin held Albany State University to the same margin in November, winning 68-51. Last season, Claflin held Tuskegee under the 50-point mark with a 49-48 decision in Tuskegee, Ala.
Tuskegee was led by James Eads with 15 points and Jason Pasley at 13.
The Panthers came out from a 34-22 halftime lead on a 14-3 roll. The offensive explosion put Claflin safety in front at 48-25 with 16:02 left. Johnson connected on a pair of three-pointers during the scoring outburst.
The Panthers would later push their lead to 29-points at 59-30 with 12:04 left following a pair free throws from Haneef Britt.
Tuskegee outscored Claflin 21-14 the rest of the way.
In the first 11 minutes of the game, no lead was larger than three points with Claflin holding that advantage three times, the last at 12-9 with 9:00 on the clock.
The Panthers then expanded the three-point lead to an eight-point cushion at 24-16 over the next 5:36 minutes. Claflin outscored Tuskegee 12-7 during that span.
The Panthers continued to increase their lead, finishing the half ahead at 34-22, thanks to “Tre” Williams three-pointer with a second left. Williams ended the half with nine points, all coming from behind the three-point line.
Claflin will host Paine College in a SIAC East Division contest at home next Saturday, Jan. 13. The contest gets underway following the women’s contest at approximately 3:30 p.m. It will also Greek Day on the Claflin campus.