Paine's men made a late rally, and the women led most of the way, but both teams lost their final home games of the season.
The Lions cut a 21-point deficit to five late in the game but could get no closer as they loss 66-60 to LeMoyne-Owen in SIAC play Friday night at Carter Gymnasium.
After leading for much of the game, the Lady Lions stumbled late on the foul line, losing 50-47 to LeMoyne-Owen just eight days after topping the Lady Magicians 65-53 in Tennessee.
The men's game took a shocking start as the Magicians (13-13) stormed out to a 14-0 lead. Though Paine eventually got into the flow of the game, LeMoyne-Owen led by that same margin at the half on the heels of six-of-eight 3-point shooting.
The Lions (14-13, 8-11 SIAC) went just 0-for-11 from behind the arc in the first half, staying within striking distance behind an energized Willie Adkinson, who had 10 points by intermission. Adkinson finished with 14 points.
Ortiz Glaze torched the Lions early, scoring 12 of his game-high 17 points in the first half and giving LeMoyne-Owen a 14-0 lead with a driving basket. After Glaze sat withhis second foul, Paine crawled back into the contest, using a 14-6 run to cut the lead to 20-16.
Anthony Savage picked up in Glaze's absence, scoring 11 of the Magicians' next 13 points to push the advantage back to double figures.
"I was surprised that we didn't come out to play with more intensity," Paine coach Ron Spry said. "After they jumped on us like that, we spent the whole game just trying to get back into it."
The Lady Lions (10-16, 6-10 SIAC) missed four straight free throws with less than two minutes to play while LeMoyne-Owen (9-17 , 6-9 SIAC) netted five in a row to make the difference.
Germaletta Dyson brought the Lady Lions within one point when she stuck a put back and got fouled with 19 seconds remaining.
But the 6-foot-1 sophomore's free-throw attempt rimmed out, and Victoria Bynum clinched the win for LeMoyne-Owen, hitting two free throws with 11 seconds to play.
Dyson had a chance to give Paine the lead with 48 seconds remaining after she went to the line with the Lady Magicians leading 46-45. She missed both free throws, and Jaselyn Grant converted two from the strike on the other end to give LeMoyne-Owen a three point cushion.
"Those three missed free throws is where we lost the game," said Dyson, who is averaging a double-double in scoring and rebounds. "I was perfect in the first half, but I got out of my rhythm."
Dyson was six-of-seven from the line and had Paine rolling before going cold at the end. The only Lady Lion to reach double figures, the Jacksonville native recorded game-highs in both scoring and rebounding with her 24 points and 19 boards.
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