Originally created 03/01/97

Paine's great run comes to an end



COLUMBUS - A great run in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference came to an end for Paine.

The guard trio of William Burr, Mantavius Jackson and Dwight Williams combined for 49 points as Clark Atlanta defeated Paine 67-60 in a men's SIAC semifinal at the Columbus Civic Center.

Clark Atlanta (20-8), the SIAC East champion, will meet the winner of the Albany State-Alabama A&M game in the championship game today at 7 p.m. Paine (16-13) concludes its season.

The top three teams - Clark, Albany State and Paine - from the SIAC East made it to the semifinals.

Paine led 35-32 at intermission even though Clark Atlanta shot 54.5 percent from the field. Leroy Grant scored 12 of his 13 points to spark Paine.

But in the second half, Clark's guards continued to shoot the ball well whereas Maurice Wright (14 points, seven rebounds) was the only Paine guard who provided offense.

Paine went ahead 43-41 on a 3-pointer by Benjamin Kohn but Clark went on a 7-0 run to take a 48-43 lead with 13:00 remaining in the game.

The Lions cut their deficit to one, 48-47, with 11:13 remaining and to three, 61-58, with 1:34 remaining but could not get over the hump.

Burr (25 points), Jackson (13 points) and Williams (11 points) scored 29 of Clark's 35 second-half points.

"William Burr was hitting everything," Paine forward Leroy Grant said. "Their guards killed us. We knew they were good. They had 53 points against Miles (in 92-63 quarterfinal win)."

Jackson scored all 13 of his points in the second half. Paine's frontline outscored Clark's 38-14 but Clark's guards outscored Paine's guards 53-22.

The game ended the illustrious career of Paine forward Leroy Grant. Grant, who scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists, started at forward on the 1994 Paine team that won its only SIAC Tournament title.

"I'm not even thinking about that right now," Grant said. `I'm just thinking about the loss. I'm going to tell the guys who are coming back to work hard and they can get back. Nobody expected us to get this far."

Lions coach Ron Spry said Grant will be sorely missed.

"We've had some highs and some lows together," said Spry of Grant. "He's been a real essence to our program. He's brought some excitement to our program and it's just unfortunate we could not bring home another championship before he left."

The women's final at 3 p.m. today will pit the top two teams from the SIAC West.

Alabama A&M (20-8), the No. 2 seed from the SIAC West, upset SIAC East champion Fort Valley State, 84-77, in a women's semifinal on Friday.

SIAC West champion Kentucky State (23-5) moved into the finals with a 77-64 win over Morris Brown.

PAINE (60)-Benjamin Kohn 2-5 0-0 6, William Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Ronald Slaughter 0-3 0-0 0, Dominique Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Williams 1-1 0-0 2, Maurice Wright 4-11 5-7 14, Sha'drach Qawiy 6-11 0-0 12, Tim Alexander 2-5 1-3 7, Theo Alexander 0-0 0-0 0, John Jackson 2-4 0-0 4, Marlon Potts 1-1 0-0 2, Leroy Grant 4-10 3-4 13. Totals 22-52 9-14 60.

CLARK ATLANTA (67)-Vincent Alston 1-3 1-2 3, Samory German 2-3 1-4 5, William Burr 8-13 4-4 25, Dwight Williams 5-10 1-2 11, Mantavius Jackson 4-9 3-4 13, Anthony Paul 0-1 0-0 0, Kavonte Ivery 2-5 0-0 4, Alden Barnett 0-0 0-0 0, Antony Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Glen Catchings 1-1 0-0 2, Michael Davis 1-3 2-3 4. Totals 24-50 12-19 67.

Halftime: Paine, 35-32.

3-point goals: Paine 7-21 (Grant 2-5, Kohn 2-5, Wright 1-4, Thomas 0-1, Slaughter 0-3, Alexander 2-3), Clark Atlanta 7-12 (Burr 5-6, Jackson 2-5, Williams 0-1). Rebounds: Paine 28 (Wright 7), Clark Atlanta 34 (German, Alston, Davis 4). Assists: Paine 13 (Grant, Kohn 4), Clark Atlanta 10 (Burr 4). Turnovers: Paine 11, Clark Atlanta 14. Total Fouls: Paine 17, Clark Atlanta 14.