It wasn't exactly Phi Slamma Jamma, but it did the job.
Aside from a small display of alley-oop dunks and one-handed slams, Morris Brown shut down Paine's potent 3-point shooting and hung on for a 49-48 win at Carter Gym on Monday night.
In the women's game, the Lady Lions held the Lady Wolverines to 15 percent shooting in the second half to come back for a 51-47 win.
"We just didn't get that key basket when we needed it," Paine coach Ron Spry said. "And we missed some key free throws."
Morris Brown (7-6, 1-1) took a 49-48 lead when Ka'Von Westberry made a pair of free throws with 48 seconds left. Mac Young had a chance to tie the game for Paine (3-7, 1-1) but missed the front of a one-and-one with :20 remaining.
However, the Lions got another chance after a Wolverine turnover with 14 seconds left. After a timeout, Paine's Kevin Grier missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The rebound was tipped up and rattled off the rim with :02 remaining.
"(Grier) had a good look at it," Spry said. "He just didn't make it."
Grier's miss was one of many for the Lions as Paine shot 32 percent from the floor, including a 5-of-33 performance from 3-point range.
Paine fell behind in the first half as Anthony Adams canned a 3-pointer to give Morris Brown a 19-14 lead. However, Colin Jamerson bombed a three from the left wing and Kevin Marshall added a driving lay-in to give the Lions a 28-23 lead with 3:44 left in the half.
The Wolverines then shut down Paine's offense. Azuka Oji tipped in a rebound with :03 remaining in the first half to cap an 8-0 run and give Morris Brown a 31-28 halftime lead.
Down 39-33, Paine's Rodney Carswell hit a pair of hook shots and Chris Neal added a 14-foot jumper to knot the game at 39 with 9:44 remaining.
Two minutes later, Quintrell Becton made a fast-break lay-in to give Paine the lead back at 41-39. Then both teams traded buckets until Yari Scott made a driving layup to give the Lions a 48-47 lead.
The Paine women (2-9, 1-1) didn't score their first field goal until Latasha Russell made a baseline jumper with 9:17 left in the first half to cut the Morris
Brown lead to 14-6.
In the second half, Germaletta Dyson gave the Lady Lions their first lead of the game at 31-29 on a layup. Paine held Morris Brown to just two points in the first 11:12 of the second half as it built a 39-31 lead.
While Paine shot just 29 percent from the floor, including an 0-for-15 effort from 3-point range, it was able to exploit Morris Brown inside. DaMeka Leslie used this advantage as she used led the Lady Lions with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds.