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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jordan Smith scored 20 points, making six 3-pointers, to help lead the Benedict College Tigers to a 60-58 victory over Morehouse College on Saturday in the Bill Harris Arena, sending Benedict into the SIAC Tournament championship game.

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Benedict (18-11) will face Lane College (17-11) in the men’s championship at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Lane upset Paine, the No. 1 seed, in another semifinal on Saturday.

The Tigers got a jumper from Andrew Crawford with 30 seconds left to take a 57-56 lead, and they were able to hang on for the victory. Morehouse missed a layup on their end of the court and Roberto Mantovani grabbed the rebound. Brennan Reynard hit two free throws with nine seconds left for a 59-56 lead. Morehouse turned the ball over trying to inbounds the ball and Mantovani added one free throw for a 60-56 lead. Morehouse hit two free throws with three seconds left for the final margin. read more…