S. Carolina St. beats Erskine 71-53

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP)—South Carolina State posted a 71-53 victory over Erskine College in its season opener. Junior Jason Fladger led the Bulldogs with 18 points.

Senior Jason Johnson recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for South Carolina State (1-0).

Erskine (0-1) was led by Brandon Wright, who scored 26 points. Nicky Riley added 13 points in the loss.

The Bulldogs controlled the second half, taking a 37-26 lead on a layup by Fladger at the 16:33 mark. Erskine cut Bulldogs’ lead to six on a layup by Brandon Wright with 12:21 left in the game, but a 3-pointer and a layup by senior point guard Jessie Burton extended the lead for the Bulldogs, and a dunk by Jason Johnson gave South Carolina State a 69-50 lead with 2:07 left in the game to seal the victory.

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