Benedict Edges Clark-Atlanta With Late 3-Pointer

By Dennis Switzer, Sports Information Benedict

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Malachi McCoy hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left to lift the 22nd-ranked Benedict College Tigers to a 93-91 victory over Clark Atlanta in the final home game of the season in a SIAC men’s basketball contest on Monday night in the Benjamin E. Mays HRC Arena.

Benedict had a five point lead, 90-85, with 56 seconds left, but the Panthers got a dunk, and then a four-point play when Andrew Stewart hit a 3-pointer and was fouled, giving the Panthers a 91-90 lead with 12 seconds left.

The Tigers got the ball, and Brandon Beidleman drove into the lane, drawing the Clark Atlanta defenders, and kicked the ball out to an open McCoy at the top of the 3-point line for the game-winning shot.

Tim Moore led the Tigers with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. McCoy and Asanti Price scored 14 points each, while Beidleman added 13 points and dished out seven assists. Gob Gabriel chipped in 11 points and Marshaun West added 10 points.

The game was close throughout the contest. Clark Atlanta had an early six-point lead, but Benedict rallied to take its largest lead of the game, 38-30, after a pair of free throws by Moore. The game was tied at 44 at the half.

In the second half, Clark Atlanta took its largest lead of the game, 76-67, with 7:15 left to play. Benedict went on a 10-1 run, getting a pair of 3-pointers by Beidleman to cut the lead to a point with 3:49 left to play. A layup by West tied the game at 79, and the Tigers took the lead on a 3-pointer by Price with 2:35 left in the game, setting the stage for the nail-biting finish.

Clark Atlanta falls to 22-5 overall and 16-5 in the SIAC. The Panthers will be the top seed in the SIAC East Division at the SIAC Men’s Basketball Championship, presented by Cricket. Benedict is now 21-6 overall and 15-6 in the SIAC and will be the third seed in the SIAC East Division and will face the winner of an opening-round contest between the seventh-seed from the East Division vs. the sixth-seed from the West Division contest on Wednesday, March 6 at Savannah State University. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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