3-point Shooting Surge Leads Maroon Tigers to SIAC SemifinalsDate Released: March 1, 2018
By Tucker Toole
The Maroon Tiger Associate Sports Editor
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Morehouse Maroon Tigers got big plays from their 3-point shooters in Wednesday’s 82-75 win over Fort Valley State University in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
The quarterfinal win came with great bench shooting from senior guard Jordan “Rifleman” Wallace as he put up 23 points and led both teams in scoring. He shot 3-for-7 on 3-pointers, 9-for-15 shooting overall. Sophomore guard Keyshaun Jacobs showed his sweet shooting stroke as he finished with 13 points, going 4-for-7 from 3-point-land.
Senior and team captain Tyrius Walker, who was named the SIAC’s Player of the Year earlier this week, was double-teamed and defended much tighter than any of his teammates, yet he still finished with 14 points. Walker gave his take on the perception of him and his teammates from the outside looking in.
“Honestly, they look at our team like we’re weak, just because we're smaller than the rest of the teams,” he said, “but I feel like my guys know size doesn’t matter at this point. Play hard, play scrappy, and from the outside looking in we got some dogs.”
Walker weren’t the only one to receive accolades prior to the start of the tournament. Head coach Grady Brewer ’90 was named the SIAC Coach of the Year award. In a historic season for the 25-1 Maroon Tigers, his team has been ranked No. 6 in the nation, according to the latest NABC coaches poll, as well as securing the No. 1 spot in the NCAA South Region.
As for Wednesday’s game, the Maroon Tigers had beaten the 13-16 Wildcats twice already this season. Brewer commented on how it could be difficult to beat a team three times in a row,
“Our record was 0-0 coming into this game as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “Right now, we’re 1-0 and we got the next one, so looking back it doesn’t matter who we played in the past, who we beat, who we lost to. It’s the next game, so we talk about surviving and advancing.”
With the semifinal game approaching on Friday at 4:15 p.m. ET, the Maroon Tigers will prepare to face either Claflin University or the Lane College, who face each other in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Lane is coming off a first-round win over Paine College. Claflin gave the Maroon Tigers their sole loss this historic season, 85-72 at Claflin on Jan. 31.
Last Modified: March 1, 2018, 19:03 PM, by: Kara Walker