Clergeot leads Lions past Paul Quinn on Sunday at Maxwell Lieberman Classic

Published 10:16 am Monday, November 15, 2021

Keon Clergeot scored eight straight points to break a 43-43 tie with 15:03 to help the Southeastern Louisiana University men’s basketball team pull away from Paul Quinn College, 77-60, Sunday afternoon at the fourth annual Maxwell Lieberman Classic in the University Center.

In tribute of SLU men’s basketball associate head coach Mark Lieberman’s late son, Maxwell, the men’s basketball program raised $17,000 towards the March of Dimes foundation. Maxwell passed away at four-months old back in 2012 due to premature birth complications.

On the court, Southeastern (2-1) appeared to be running away with the game early as they raced out to a 25-14 lead with 9:14 left in the first half. However, PQC held strong as they cut the lead to single digits before halftime, 37-29.

The Tigers (3-1) battled back to tie the game at 43-43 with 15:03 left in the second half using an 11-2 run.

But Clergeot, the preseason first team All-Southland selection, caught fire as he scored eight straight points and 10 of the next 12 for the Lions to push the SLU lead back to nine, 54-45, with 12:08 left. The Winter Haven, Florida native drilled a three-pointer to break the tie, then moments later hit another three-pointer and was fouled to convert a four-point play.

The Lions maintained a two possession lead the rest of the way as they pulled away for the victory.

SLU had to work a little harder on the offensive end Sunday following Friday’s 19 three-pointer performance. The Lions shot just 39 percent from the field (26-for-66) and 7-for-25 from downtown.

However, Southeastern was nearly perfect at the free throw line knocking down 18-for-20 from the charity stripe. SLU also outrebounded the Tigers, 44-35, and snatched 16 offensive rebounds.

Junior Gus Okafor also aided the Lions’ cause as he recorded his fourth double-double of his SLU career (17 points, 10 rebounds). Jalyn Hinton was a key factor as well for the Lions as the senior scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots.

With Sunday’s win, the Lions also notched the 300th win in the history of the University Center (300-181).

The Tigers were led by Ja’Mare Redus with 17 points while Spencer McElway finished with 15Paul Quinn finished the game shooting 25-for-61 (41 percent) with 14 turnovers.

Next up, the Lions will travel to Dallas, Texas to take on SMU (1-1) Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.

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