Miles failed to reach 60 points for the first time this season, but the Golden Bears never trailed in avenging their only loss of the season with a 53-46 win over Tuskegee Tuesday afternoon at Knox-Windham Gymnasium.
Tuskegee (5-7) shot 33 percent from the field, turned the ball over 16 times and did not have one player reach double figures in scoring. Miles (7-1) could not get in a rhythm offensively, but with the defense leading the way, the Golden Bears were able to maneuver their way to victory for the third straight contest.
Miles was not able to get much separation from Tuskegee through most of the first half, unable to push its lead past four points. But in the final minute, 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions by Avery Brown and Jelani Watson-Gayle helped the Golden Bears enter the half with a 26-19 advantage.
The lead reached double-digits for the first time early in the second half as Watson-Gayle drained another 3-ball to push the lead to 31-21. The Golden Bears pushed that advantage to 14 points with seven minutes left before they started to do some rim-running. Joel Logan took a feed from Richard Feagin (eight points) on a backdoor lob and slammed it home with two hands for a 46-33 lead with just more than six minutes remaining. With three-and-a-half minutes left, Anthony Latty (who had two dunks) wrangled the rim when he flushed an offensive rebound. On Miles’ ensuing possession, it was Yasim Hooker (six points, eight rebounds) who took a slick feed on the baseline from Watson-Gayle and dunked it with one hand for a 50-36 lead with 2:35 to go.
Rajan Barnes and Steve Dulley each scored nine points to lead Tuskegee. Watson-Gayle (12 points, five assists), Logan (11 points, seven rebounds) and Brown (10 points, six rebounds, four assists) each scored in double figures for Miles, which travels to play Albany State on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.