John Whitehead, III vs. Coker


ORANGEBURG, SC (February 17, 2024)- The Claflin Panthers (15-9, 12-4 CIAA) used a late push to come out with a 73-62 win over the Saint Augustine’s Falcons (12-14, 8-8 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. After playing to a 62-62 tie with 2:27 left to play, the Panthers closed the game with an 11-0 run to claim the key Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division win.

The Panthers took the win behind a typically balanced attack as three Panthers reached double-digit scoring in the game. Claflin junior forward John Whitehead, III led the way with 19 points in the game. He hit five three-pointers to lead the Panthers to the win. Claflin senior guard Daijohn Stewart came off the bench to score 14 points while fellow senior guard Bryson Dennis added 12 points in the game. Junior guard Damerius Wash added nine rebounds to lead both teams.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 15-9 overall and 12-4 in CIAA play. The team also improves to 7-3 in CIAA Southern Division play and remains one of the top teams in the conference. The Panthers will return to action, Wednesday, when they take on the Fayetteville State Broncos in the biggest game of the season.

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Saint Augustine’s 12-14, 8-8 CIAA
Winner Claflin 15-9, 12-4 CIAA