McCoy, Tigers win 6th straight

Bahamian college basketball player Malachi McCoy and his team, the Benedict College Tigers, are on a six-game winning streak. The Bahamas forward recorded his seventh double-double of the season on Monday night, defeating Edward in his 89-70 victory over Waters College.

Playing on the road at the Adams-Jenkins Community Sports and Music Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, McCoy had 19 points and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes on the floor. He led the team in both points and rebounds. McCoy was strong off the field, winning 13-9 and finishing the game with an impressive 69.2% shooting percentage. He’s 62.2 percent on the season. McCoy excelled on aggressive grass and amassed five aggressive boards. He got 2 assists.

It’s a story of two halves for the Tigers, who currently boast an 11-7 win-loss record on the season and are 9-4 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). They are second in his SIAC behind Savannah State (10-3, 12-5 SIAC).

After losing 47–42 at the end of the first half, the Tigers needed a strong second half to keep their winning streak going. Their defense strengthened in the second half, holding Edward Waters to five field goals and outscoring them 47-23.

McCoy, who was named SIAC Player of the Week last week, scored nine points in the first half to bring the Tigers closer to Edward Waters. They finished the first half with 40.5%.

Both teams were back and forth in the second half. McCoy made a jumper with 10:57 left in the second half to give his team a 62-59 lead. From there it was all Tigers as they outscored Edward Waters 27-11 for the rest of the way.

Tavares Oliver leads by 20 points over Edward Waters.

In the game, the Tigers scored 24 fast break points and 17 second chance points. They scored his 22 points off his 21 turnovers for their opponents. The game had six lead changes and two draws.

Junior McCoy went 14-17 off the field that week and had a great week to start the new year. He led the Tigers with his 18 points scored and his 13.

He rebounded in a win over Albany State and had 13 points and 4 rebounds against Morehouse College.

He has started 14 of 18 games this season, averaging 11.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game. Everything is a career high for him.

The Tigers will end the week with a home-and-away matchup against Savannah State. The first game is an away matchup, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight, ending his five-game road trip for the Tigers. That match will take place at Tiger’s arena in Savannah, Georgia. The second game is scheduled for Saturday at his HRC Arena in Columbia, South Carolina.The game starts at 3:00 pm McCoy, Tigers win 6th straight

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