Zion Obanla vs. Coker


ORANGEBURG, SC (January 27, 2024) – The Claflin Panthers (10-6, 7-2 CIAA) picked up their most dramatic win of the season when the team took a 74-72 win over the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls (10-8, 5-6 CIAA). With the score tied at 72-72 in the final seconds of the game, Panther junior forward Zion Obanla hit a lay-up with four seconds left to play to seal the win.

The win came after a hard-fought game between the two teams. Claflin junior forward John Whitehead, III, led the way for the team with a team-high 25 points in the game, including hitting seven three-pointers. Obanla had another terrific performance with a double-double 18 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Bryson Dennis added seven assists with nine points and three steals in the game.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 10-6 overall and 7-2 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team will return to action, Wednesday, when they head to Fayetteville, North Carolina to take on the Fayetteville State Broncos. For more information on Panthers basketball, contact the Claflin University Office of Athletics Media Relations at (803) 535-5548 or log on to www.athletics.claflin.edu.


Johnson C. Smith 10-8, 5-6 CIAA
Winner Claflin 10-6, 7-2 CIAA