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Claflin 69, South Carolina State 61

December 10, 1996

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) _ Ronnie Morant scored 15 points and Terrell Gooden had 14 as Claflin edged South Carolina State 69-61 on Monday night.

Swawn Damon came off the bench to score 9 points in a 15-0 run that put Claflin up 47-44 with 7:40 to go.

The Bulldogs tied it up, but a Claflin 11-3 spurt gave the Panthers an eight-point cushion.

S.C. State closed the gap to three with 27 seconds left, but Claflin then hit 3-of-4 free throws to hold off the Bulldogs.

The Panthers, who made 18 of 25 from the charity stripe, improved to 8-4.

S.C. State (1-2) dropped its second straight game, both to NAIA schools.

The Bulldogs, who made only 13 of 28 free throws, were led by Raheem Waller and Roderick Blakney with 16 points apiece.

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