ALBANY, Ga.- The Albany State men’s basketball team was unable open the SIAC schedule with a victory. After a thrilling game that was provided by both teams, ASU dropped a 78-71 decision to the LeMoyne-Owen Magicians.

With the loss, the Golden Rams improve to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in league play. LOC improves to 1-7, 1-0.

The two teams provided the crowd in attendance with some timely shooting and athletic plays in the first half. The score was tied four times, and there were five lead changes during the first 20 minutes.

With the home team trailing 36-31, JaDon Davis made two free throws with 23 seconds left to cut Albany State’s deficit to 36-33. However, LOC’s Dareyon Terrell hit a shot at the buzzer to give the visitors a 38-33 edge at intermission.

In the second half, Albany State led 43-42 at the 17:12 mark before the Magicians went on a 17-6 run to take 59-49 advantage with 11:47 left in the contest. LOC would hold a double digit lead until ASU went on a run of its own.

Trailing 66-55, the Golden Rams went on 15-4 spurt to tie the game at 70 when Devontay Ward hit a free throw with 2:35 left to play. However, ASU could not find much offense down the stretch, and LeMoyne-Owen pulled away for a final time.

Brandon Hudson recorded 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks to lead Albany State. Ward tallied 15 points and eight rebounds, and Michael Green had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Davis finished with 12 points.

The Golden Rams shot 25-of-65 (38.5%) from the field, 10-of-31 (32.3%) from three-point range and 11-of-19 (57.9%) from the free throw line.

LOC was led by Daron Maston, who scored a game-high 29 points. Rashawn Brown netted 18 points, and Justin Street added 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Magicians shot 26-of-65 (40%) from the field, 7-of-22 (31.8%) from three-point range and 19-of-25 (76%) from the free throw line.

Albany State will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 3 when it travels to Milledgeville, Ga. to face Georgia College. The Bobcats won the Nov. 22 meeting 63-49 in Albany. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

This story was written by Albany State University Athletics. This story is published here with permission.