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Jelani Watson-Gayle was named tournament MVP after leading Miles College to the SIAC Championship title.
The junior guard – who earned a spot on the All-SIAC second-team – scored 22 points in the title-clinching 69-56 triumph over Albany State.
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“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it feels good,” said Watson-Gayle, via the official site. “Nobody knows the work we put in. We’re putting in hours and hours and it feels like we’re being rewarded for our hard work.”
Watson-Gayle opened the post-season with a career-high 30 points then followed with a 20-point outing in the semi-finals.
The former Hoopsfix All-Star Classic MVP played 40 minutes in the Championship game with 7 of 12 shooting, whilst adding three rebounds and four assists in the win.
It was a second consecutive conference title for the Golden Bears, who now earn an automatic berth into the NCAA DII Championship.