Afterward, the Lions began a free fall they haven’t been able to stop. Paine coach Jimmy Link still is searching for answers.
“We just can’t get it going right now,” Link said. “I don’t know what it is. We’re trying to regroup. We tell our guys every day to keep fighting and keep working. What it is, I really don’t know.”
Despite holding the league’s top player in check Saturday, Paine struggled on offense in the second half and fell to Benedict, 64-55, at Richmond Academy.
Paine has lost four in a row and seven of its past eight to fall to 12-12 overall, 11-11 in league play. The Lions close with home games against LeMoyne-Owen (7:30 p.m., Monday) and Claflin (3 p.m., Saturday) before playing in the league tournament in two weeks.
In the women's game, Paine continued to struggle at home and lost 60-54.
The Lady Lions, who snapped an 11-game losing streak with an overtime win at Albany State, couldn’t sustain their success. Paine lost its eight consecutive game at home. Worse, the program dropped to 4-20 (4-16 in league play), its fifth consecutive 20-loss season.