Athletics Department - News
Perimeter shots sink Benedict
March 11, 2007
Tigers lose for third time in four games.
From Staff Reports
MONTEVALLO, Ala. -Benedict College lost its long-range touch and lost, 66-56, to Eckerd in the NCAA Tournament South Region's first round on Saturday.
Sixth-seeded Eckerd hit 4 of 7 3-pointers in the second half while No. 3 seed Benedict was 0-for-9.
The Tritons (27-5) shot 52 percent and the Tigers made 37 percent - shooting 29.4 percent on 3-pointers.
"Down the stretch we just couldn't buy a basket," Benedict coach Fred Watson said. "We got good looks, but just didn't knock them down. You have to credit Eckerd on playing some good defense, closing down on our shooters and getting a hand in their faces."
Benedict made all five of its 3-pointers in a five-minute span of the first half, pulling to its biggest lead of the game at 22-15 when Lamont Robinson hit back-to-back long-range jumpers.
Robinson led the Tigers (25-5) with 21 points, but was held to just five in the second half.
"I feel like they made a whole lot of clutch plays down the stretch," Robinson said. "They tightened up their ´D' a little and we couldn't get a shot."
The lead changed hands 12 times and there were five ties before Damone Morris converted a three-point play to push Eckerd to a 49-44 lead with 5:50 left in the game.
Benedict's R.J. Booker, who had 17 points and five rebounds, hit a short jumper to cut the lead to three, but the Tritons made 12 of 15 free throws in the final 4:57.
Matt Cenatus led Eckerd with 17 points. Marcus Washington scored 15, Craig Hazel scored 12 and claimed 14 rebounds and Morris scored 11.
"We played well for the most part," Watson said. "We had a couple of defensive lapses when we let (Josh King, who hit three 3-pointers) get away from us when they got their comfortable lead of four or five points.
"It got so deep in the game we had to start scrambling and gave up some easy layups under the basket."
The loss was Benedict's third in its last four games.
"I feel we peaked so early and kind of faltered down the stretch," Watson said. "Our guys were still playing hard, but teams were geared up for us."
Source: The State Newspaper