Tigers avoid Concordia

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 1, 2007

LIVINGSTON &045; It wasn’t pretty, but the University of West Alabama Tigers fought off a pesky Concordia College team to get a 71-49 win.

UWA, which led much of the first half, opened the first half on17-7 run capped off by a jumper from N’Diaye.

Concordia, with their intimidating defense, would answer with a 17-8 run and cut the Tiger lead to one point on a jumper from Demaris Killow. The Hornets would take their first lead of the game on a pair of free throws from Tristan Cherry.

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The Tigers would regain the lead and head into the intermission with a 27-26 lead on two free throws from Junior Abdoulaye N’Diaye. The Hornets shot just 26 percent from the floor in the half and trailed by just one point.

CC would open the second half on a 7-1 run and led by as many as five minutes, 39-34, with 12:52 remaining in the game.

UWA would regain the lead on a lay up from Shaw at the 9:18 mark.

The Tigers would never trail again in the contest, reaching

its largest lead of the game, 22 points, on a three-pointer from Jay Hembree with one minute remaining in the contest.

N’Diaye, who played last year at Marion Military Institute Junior College, posted his first career double-double. He scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds off the bench for the Tigers (9-12). Stan Gill supplied 16 points, as Raymond Shaw chipped in 11 points.

Concordia’s Rodrice Griffin posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hornets.