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SPORTS LIBRARY, Claflin, men's basketball

Letrell West scored in a game-high 26 points in leading the Claflin University Panthers past Savannah State University, 94-67. in a non-conference basketball game at the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (Tullis Arena), Friday.

With the win, Claflin improved to 3-6 on the season.

West, who also had five assists along with Jailen Williams, was 10-for-12 from the field including 6-for-7 in the three-point department for the Panthers.

Four other Claflin players hit double-digits as Brandon Davis came off the bench to score 14 points, 13 in the first half. Rodney Prichard tallied 13 points for the Panthers, while Nkem Ojeh and Romero Hill chipped in 10 points each.

Ojeh, who had five blocks in the game, shared team honors in rebounds with Prichard at seven.

Savannah State, now 1-4, was led by Adrian Williams with 25 points and Marcus Scott at 15 points.

In the contest, the Panthers tied a season-best of 94 points with 51 coming in the first half. Claflin posted the same offensive production against Kutztown University earlier in the season.

The Panthers shot 58.6 percent (17-for-29) in the first period that included a sizzling 87.5 percent (7-for-8) from three-point land. The Panther bench played a significant role in the half, scoring 29 points.

Claflin ended the game shooting 55.7 percent (34-for-61) with 10 three-pointers.

The Panthers defense held Savannah State to 29.4 percent (10-for-34) from the floor in the first half and 34.9 percent (22-for-63) for the game.

The offensive explosion for Claflin started midway the first half when the Panthers reeled off 13-unaswered points, expanding a 17-15 lead to 30-15 with 9:18 showing on the clock.

From that point, it was smooth sailing for Claflin as the Panthers built a 21-point lead at the 5:39 mark when Hill hit two free throws.

The Panthers maintained at least a 20-point plus lead in the final five minutes before heading into the intermission up 51-32.

In the second half, the Panthers continued to roll offensively, outscoring Savannah State 43-35.

Claflin will be off until next week when they hit the road for two games, starting with Lincoln University and ending at Bowie State University.

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