BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Top-seeded Stillman defeated No. 4 LeMoyne-Owen 90-76 to seize the 2016 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament title, Saturday evening at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham, Ala.
The Tigers, who won the 2016 SAIC west division title, captured their first tournament title since 2006 when they entered the conference.
Stillman’s 2015-16 season has been a picture perfect for the Tigers is ranked 24th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll and will represent the conference in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Division II Tournament as the automatic qualifier.
Antonio Perry was named the 2016 SIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament MVP and Donte Jackson was tabbed as the Jerry C. Johnson Tournament coach.
After taking a 40-35 lead at halftime, the Tigers stretched their lead to 14 twice in the second half but LeMoyne-Owen answered with a 12-3 rally topped off with a layup from Justin Street to cut its deficit to 62-60 with nine minutes left. After exchanging baskets, Stillman was able to push through and stretch its advantage back to double-figures to close out the game.
Stillman was placed five players in double-figures and was headed by Ronald Singleton’s 22 points. Rodnerius Lewis added 18 points ahead of Perry (17), and D’Andre Downey (10).
Justin Street, who was named to the all-tournament team led the Magicians (16-15) with 23 points. Rashawn Brown finished with 16 points and Jerry Hampton added 10 points. Demba Konate led all players in rebounds with 11.