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SPORTS LIBRARY, Claflin, men's basketball

WILBERFORCE, Ohio -- Triston Thompson hit a three-pointer with 25 seconds left and Timothy Christian II added a pair of free throws as Claflin University rallied to defeat Central State University (CSU) 72-69 in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) basketball game Saturday.

With the come-from-behind win, Claflin’s 12th straight, the Panthers improved their season worksheet to 13-1, but more importantly, unbeaten in the SIAC at 6-0.

CSU falls to 4-8 and 3-4.

Thompson led four Panther players in double figures with 18 points. He also added three assists and three steals.

Jordan Jones had 16 points while Jaleel Charles posted his sixth double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds before fouling out in the final seconds of the game. He also blocked three shots.

Albert Miller rounded out the double-figure scoring for the Panthers with 12 points, while Tyler Thompson dished out a team-high six assists.

Miller and Jones knocked down four three-pointers each for Claflin, who finished with 11 three-point baskets in the game.

Chris Scott of CSU was the game’s top scorer with 31 points and 11 rebounds.

Claflin trailed 57-45 with 7:57 left in the game. It was back-to-back three-pointers from Jones that tied the contest at 64-64 with 1:57 left and again with 53 seconds showing on the clock for the 67-67 tie.

CSU regained the lead, 68-67, with 47 seconds left off a free three from Scott. Claflin gained its first and only lead of the game on Triston Thompson’s second three-pointer of the game to give the Panthers the 70-68 lead with 25 seconds remaining.

In the closing seconds, Christian II added a pair of free throws to enable the Panthers to remain unbeaten on the road this season at 9-0.

The game had just the one lead change late along with two ties as Claflin trailed for 37:59 minutes.

Claflin will continue its two-game road trip, taking on Kentucky State University in another SIAC contest Monday (Jan. 1) in Frankfort, Ky., at 7:30 p.m.

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