ATLANTA, Ga. -- Marcus Goode scored 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds and was named Most Valuable Player as the Benedict College Tigers repeated as Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball champions with a 68-60 victory over Morehouse College on Saturday night at Morehouse's Forbes Arena.
Lamar Adkins added 15 points for the Tigers, who earned the SIAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division II tournament. Xavier Collier added 10 points and had nine assists. Rickie Jackson had six points and joined Goode on the All-Tournament team. Lamar Adkins had 15 points and six rebounds.
Andrae Nelson had 20 points to lead the Maroon Tigers, and was named to the All-Tournament team, as was Darrius Williams, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers held Morehouse to 37.8 percent shooting in the second half, and pulled ahead after trailing 32-31 at the half.
Morehouse opened up the second half with a 9-3 run to take a 41-33 lead, and getting the large home Morehouse crowd excited and forcing Benedict coach Fred Watson to call a quick time out. Cassius Bell hit a jumper on the next play, but Morehouse's Shawn Allen responded with a jumper. Goode followed with a layup that ignited an 18-4 run for the Tigers. A 3-pointer by Jackson cut the lead to three and Brennan Reynard hit back-to-back baskets to give Benedict the lead, 46-45 with 11:01 to play. A jumper by Lamar Adkins gave Benedict the lead for good, 48-47, with 10:17 to play, and he hit a 3-pointer on Benedict's next possession.
Benedict had a 61-53 lead with 2:27 left, but Morehouse got a 3-pointer from Austin Anderson and a jumper from Nelson to make it 61-58 with 1:43 to play. Over the next minute, Benedict missed one field goal and two free throws, while Morehouse missed two field goals. Adkins snapped the scoring drought by sinking two critical free throws with 38 seconds left to put Benedict ahead 63-58.
Morehouse cut the lead to 65-60 with 18 seconds left on a jumper by Williams, but Adkins sank two more free throws with 16 seconds left to help clinch the win.
Benedict, now 23-6, earned the SIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament.
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Source: BC Sports Information