LAKELAND, Florida – The #8 seed Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University defeated the #4 seed Lions of North Alabama, 93-87, in the South Region semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Tuskegee (20-11) used a 20-9 first half run while shooting 53% (20-38) from the field to secure a 50-36 halftime lead. For the game, the Golden Tigers shot 51% (32-63) from the field and 68% (27-40) from the free throw line, while scoring 19 points off 14 North Alabama turnovers.

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“The young men continued to play defense tonight and they continue to believe,” said Tuskegee head coach Leon Douglas. “They are focused and want to make a statement. One of our main goals is to let everyone know that the SIAC is not only a football conference, but a basketball conference as well. The tradition is rich and the story needs to be told.”

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Tuskegee was led by Richard Dixon, who poured in 22 points and six rebounds in a contest that saw 10 of the team’s 12 players score, with six netting double figures.

The Golden Tigers will next face the #3 seeded Statesmen of Delta State University (26-6) on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

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