by Keith Sanders
The Magicians of The LeMoyne-Owen College will take two sets of numbers – 4-8, 1-6 – with them when they take the court against Morehouse in Atlanta on Thursday.
LOC has won four times and lost eight so far into the 2017-18 basketball season. And in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), the Magicians are one up and six down. In the Magicians’ last outing (Dec. 30), they were defeated 76-72 by the Fort Valley State Wildcats (8-6) in Bruce-Johnson Hall.
“You don’t win a championship in December, you win it in March,” said LOC coach William Anderson.
Konate Demba lead the Magicians in scoring with 19 points. Rashawn Ellis also added 14.
The Magicians had a rough night putting the ball in the basket, shooting just 41 percent from the field and a disappointing 26 percent from beyond the arc.
Jaylon McMillan led Fort Valley’s Wildcats with 18 points and Tyler Edwards right behind with 17.
Anderson said LOC did not play well down the stretch. “We stopped being aggressive against their half court trap.”
Morehouse’s Maroon Tigers – the Magician’s next opponent – sport an 11-0 record after defeating Spring Hill College (Ala.) 87-73 on New Year’s Day.