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Miles College: Western Division Champions; Advances to the SIAC Championship Game

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By Nick Birdsong | nbirdsong@al.com 

TUSKEGEE, Alabama---Miles did just about anything it wanted in the first half and everything it needed to in the second half of its 41-36 upset victory against defending Southern Intercollegiate Athletic champion Tuskegee Saturday.

The Golden Bears forced four first-half turnovers to take a 20-point lead into the break and held off the surging Golden Tigers in the second half to punch its ticket to next week's conference title game at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta.

"They got fight in them. They don't quit," Miles coach Reginald Ruffin said of this team which won its third-straight since losing to previously winless Central State (Ohio) on the road. "I got a good group of guys that I love, guys that come to work, guys that don't anything to embarrass the institution. Guys that work hard in the classroom. We're real proud of our guys."

The Golden Bears (6-3, 6-1) will face Albany State (Ga.) at 6 p.m. next Saturday for the SIAC title. It will be Miles second appearance in the league title game in three seasons under Ruffin. The former Tuskegee assistant led the Golden Bears to the league title in his first season in 2011. 


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