TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 10) – The FAMU Men’s Basketball team improved to 2-0 Saturday afternoon with a 62-55 win over Tuskegee (Ala.) University at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU bolted out of the gates, rolling to a 14-point lead, 27-13 on a Justin Ravenel fast break slam dunk with 8:50 left in the first half.
But the Golden Tigers went on a 16-2 surge late in the half to tie the game at 29-29 on a pair of Daniel Roach free throws with 1:07 left, before Ravenel splashed a three-pointer with 47 seconds left to put FAMU ahead, 32-29.
TU’s Kaleb Morton answered with a three-pointer with 15 seconds left to tie the game, 32-32 at halftime.
The second half started out as a tight battle with four tied scores, and five lead changes, until newcomer M.J. Randolph’s jumper with 13:47 left put FAMU ahead for good at 42-40.
A three-pointer by Ravenel 9:30 left put FAMU ahead by double digits at 54-44, and a Kamron Reaves jumper extended the Rattler lead to 12 points, 56-44 with 7:23 left.
Tuskegee did make one final run at the Rattlers, closing to within five points at 50-55 with under a minute left on a pair of Myles Thomas free throws at the 52-second mark.
Kamron Reaves made the final margin seven points, 62-55, when he hit a pair of charity shots with eight seconds left.
Justin Ravenel hit his jersey number, 21 Saturday, scoring 21 points of 7-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-6 from distance. Kamron Reaves added 11 points and Tracy Hector hit 10 points for FAMU.
Daniel Roach led the Golden Tigers with 18 points, while Cam Grepke added 11 points for Tuskegee.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Rattlers head to Jamaica for the Jamaica Classic on Montego Bay, this Friday through Sunday, opening a six-game road trip.
Friday, FAMU opens against Campbell University, and Sunday, they will face off against Central Connecticut State.