Tigers trounce Clark Atlanta, 81-58

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

LIVINGSTON &045; The University of West Alabama Tigers outscored the Clark-Atlanta Panthers 36-10 the last 12 minutes of Wednesday’s basketball game. They went on to pound Clark-Atlanta University 81-58 to post their third home win of the season.

The Tigers found themselves up by just two points, 53-51 with 8:39 showing on the clock. They went on to hold the Panthers scoreless the next five minutes and pulled away to a 16-point advantage to seal the win.

UWA trailed Clark-Atlanta much of the early part of the first half. A three-pointer by senior Joe Eatmon put them up 21-20. The Tigers held on to take a 36-32 score into the locker room at half time.

The Panthers fought back and kept the score close early in the second half. They worked to tie the score at 43 with 14:13 left to play in the game. With the game tied at 45, CAU would knock down a three-pointer to go up briefly. The Tigers, however would score eight straight points, including a pair of triples by Jared Hembree, a senior, to put themselves up 53-48, a lead they would never relinquish the rest of the game.

The Panthers, who’s still seeking their first win of the year, would cut the lead to two before the West Alabama defense went on lock down for the next five minutes of the game.

Senior guard Raymond Shaw led all scorers in the game He dropped in a career high 27 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season. Hembree finished with 14 points, while Stan Gill chipped in 10 points.

The win improves UWA’s record to 5-6 for the season. They return to the hardwood tomorrow night when they host the Delta State Statesmen. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m.