Atlanta, Ga.— No. 3 seeded Claflin University defeated Clark Atlanta, 72-61, to advance to the 2018 NCAA DII Men's Basketball South Region semifinal. The win pushes the Panthers record to 26-6 overall. Clark Atlanta closes out the season at 24-6. This is the second NCAA Regional win for Claflin and the first in nine years. The Panthers defeated Valdosta State, 54-50, on March 14, 2009 in Lakeland, Fla. Claflin then lost its second round game to Christian Brothers (3-15-09), 72-53.
The 2018 regional will run through Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Forbes Arena on the campus of Morehouse College.
Claflin will face No.7 seed Barry University, who upset the No. 2 seed West Florida 90-73, on Sunday, March 11 at 5 p.m. Links for live stats and video for Sunday's game will available on the Claflin University athletics website.
The Panthers finished the game with three players in double figures as Timothy Christian II dropped in 15 points in the win.
Clark Atlanta was led by Damien Davis with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jalen Mitchell scored 14 and Anthony Williams recorded a double-double 10 points with 10 rebounds.
"Let me say hats off to Clark Atlanta, Coach Walker does a good job with his crew for it being only his second season I think he's done an excellent job," head coach Ricky Jackson said. "We had tough opponent today. They say it's hard to beat a team three times in a row but apparently we overcame that today and I'm just proud of my crew for the yeoman's work they put in today."
The Panthers held Clark Atlanta to just 34.3 percent shooting from the field and 20.8 percent from behind the arc. Clark Atlanta entered the game shooting .453 from the field and .381 from behind the arc.
"We've hung our hats on defense all season because that's what get us going," said Jackson. "The game plan was pretty much the same as it was last week, we played zone and they would have to beat us from the outside."
If Claflin wins its regional semifinal game they will advance to the regional final to face either Florida Southern, who upset the No. 1 seed and host Morehouse College, or Eckerd who defeated Valdosta State in the nightcap. The regional final is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March. 13.