During his three-game suspension for violating team rules, Geno Green sat on the bench and watched Morehouse pour it on his teammates.
After Paine lost by 16 in Atlanta earlier this month, Green vowed not to watch the Lions lose again.
Green scored a game-high 22 points Tuesday night as Paine pulled away from the Tigers, 84-54.
“It hurt sitting there watching the first time,” Green said. “I wanted us to do better than we did last time.”
Paine (9-4 overall, 8-3) pulled within a half-game of Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference leader Benedict. The Lions now embark upon a five-game road trip.
Paine notched its biggest win of the season, shooting 55 percent from the field. Kedric Taylor posted 17 points, 14 boards and seven assists, while Darius Smith added 14 points and Preston Hodge 10.
The game turned at the 15:53 mark of the first half. Paine’s Mario Jordan drove inside the paint, colliding with Morehouse center Andrae Nelson, who fell face first to the floor. He remained on the court for 15 minutes until paramedics arrived. Nelson was held overnight at a local hospital after suffering a concussion.
Nelson, the league’s third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, finished with four points and a board.
“That guy’s one of the top two bigs in the league,” Paine coach Jimmy Link said. “With him out, it made it more challenging for them to get shots off and to get it to their scorers.”
With Nelson out, Smith scored nine consecutive points to cap a 19-0 run. Smith’s 17-foot baseline jumper staked Paine to a 24-13 lead.
The Lions went into intermission up 43-25.
Morehouse never got within striking distance in the second half.