Strong second half propels Lions to victory

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ATLANTA - Sean Morgan and Jerel Stephenson scored 18 points each to lead Paine to an 86-64 victory over Stillman on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the SIAC Tournament at Forbes Arena.

The score was tied at 36 at the half before the Lions (14-14) shot 66 percent from the field and outscored the Tigers 50-28 over the final 20 minutes.

Darius Smith added 14 points, Adrian Caldwell had 12 and Allen Young 10 for Paine, which will play Benedict (21-6) at 7:45 tonight in the semifinals.

Stephenson and Kedric Taylor had nine rebounds each.

Stillman's Jeffrey Wherry scored a game-high 22 points but was only 4 of 14 from 3-point range. As a team, the Tigers were 6 of 36 from beyond the arc.

In the women's tournament, Sharnita Lloyd scored 24 points to lead Kentucky State to a 73-70 victory over Paine.

Jasmine Davis added 13 and Style Harper had 12 for the Thorobrettes (15-11).

Paine’s Ashley Watts led all scorers with 29 points. Lashonda Canty added 14 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Watts had nine rebounds for the Lady Lions (12-16).

Kentucky State led 30-24 at the break before Paine opened the second half on a 13-3 run and took a 37-33 lead on a three-point play by Kiara Johnson with 16:53 to play.

The Thorobrettes took the lead for good at 43-41 on two free throws by Shayla Moore with 11:54 remaining.

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