Columbia, SC --- The Benedict College Tigers handed Morehouse College its first conference loss with a 77-70 men's basketball victory on Thursday night in the Benjamin E. Mays HRC Arena.

The win tightens the race in the SIAC East Division, as Morehouse drops to 13-6 overall and 13-1 in the SIAC. Benedict improves to 17-6 overall and 13-2 in the SIAC.

Xavier Collier scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Tigers, while Marcus Goode had 18 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots.

The Tigers shot a blistering 81.8 percent in the first half, hitting 18 of their 22 shot attempts, but cooled off in the second half and finished the game shooting 57.4 percent. Morehouse shot 46.3 percent for the game.

Benedict is home again on Saturday to face Clark Atlanta.