The Claflin University men’s and women’s basketball teams will take to the court Saturday, Nov. 18, for their annual homecoming games in Tullis Arena inside the Jonas T. Kenney Health and Physical Education Center on the campus of Claflin University.
The doubleheader gets underway at 1:30 p.m. when the Lady Panthers face Florida Tech of the Sunshine State Conference. The Panther men will follow at approximately 3:30 p.m. against Peach Belt Conference member Young Harris College.
Both Claflin teams have enjoyed homecoming success of late with the Panthers claiming the last five games, while Lady Panthers are riding a four-game winning streak.
Paine College was the last team to defeat the Panthers for homecoming, posting a 70-61 decision during the 2011-12 season.
Concordia College did the honors on the women’s side, defeating the Lady Panthers 62-59 during the 2012-13 campaign.
The Claflin men will bring a 1-1 record into their first-ever meeting with Young Harris. In their last outing, the Panthers came out on the short end of a 61-52 decision to the University of Montevallo at the Gulf South Conference (GSC)/Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Challenge.
The Panthers boost three players in double-figures with Jaleel Charles leading the way at 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. He also shares team-high in blocked shots with Austin Lawton at five.
Benjamin “Tre” Williams and Kobie Williams are the two other Panthers scoring in double-digits at 15 and 10.5 points, respectively.
Triston Thompson and his brother, Tyler Thompson, are averaging 3.5 assists apiece.
Young Harris will enter the contest at 1-2 for the season after losing to SIAC foe Clark Atlanta 98-78 this week. The lone win for Young Harris was an 84-75 season-opening victory over Barton College.
On the women’s side, the Lady Panthers opened the season on a disappointing note Wednesday (Nov. 15), losing to Livingstone 80-61.
In the contest, Joy Okeke posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Panthers, while Dominique Williams had a team-high 20 points.
Florida Tech will also enter the homecoming contest at 0-1 record following a 93-65 defeat to Rollins College this week.