The Clark Atlanta University Panthers and Morehouse College Maroon Tigers rumbled it out on the basketball court once again on Saturday, Jan. 26. Energy was high as the Mighty Marching Panthers filled an overflowing Epps Gymnasium with lively music that kept the crowd hyped the entire time.

The Panthers were led by new head coach, former NBA veteran, George Lynch.
“I was excited. I wanted to put my uniform on,” Lynch said, after Clark Atlanta defeated Morehouse 68-60.

“That’s what college basketball is all about. Full house. Music is playing. Fans are cheering and wanting to see a great game and we gave them that tonight. I really appreciate the student body and fans for showing up tonight.”

According to Panthers cheer captain and Clark Atlanta sophomore, Ajiana Dailey, “CAU vs. Morehouse games are always intense but it’s all love. It’s AUC love and it’s always going to be AUC love, but today it’s about rivalry.”

Dailey continued, “both of the teams have had successful seasons in the past so this is really intense yet I feel like its better when its intense instead of someone just blowing it out of the water.”

The Panthers held the lead for much of the first half even though their greatest lead was only by four points right after Shannon Smith’s 3-pointer made it 10-6 at the 14:40 mark. Maroon Tiger Omar Alston followed that with a basket and a 3-pointer by James Walker to take an 11-10.

The intensity level rose exponentially as the game remained neck and neck. Midway through the first half Morehouse did gain a lead of three points yet Clark Atlanta managed to finish strong leading the game into the break.

By the second half, Clark Atlanta scored a lead of nine points as a result of the Panther’s Austin Donaldson’s 3-pointer making it 35-26. Clark Atlanta kept the lead and was eventually able to bring home the victory.

“The guys worked hard in practice and shoot around,” Lynch said. “I think they were focused. Still made a few mistakes throughout the game that we have to clean up, but overall it’s a great effort.”

(Photo: D’jehiah Smith/The Atlanta Voice)

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