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LAKELAND, Fla. -- For the third consecutive season, Alabama-Huntsville has reached the third round of the NCAA tournament as the squad defeated a tough Benedict team 64-60 on Sunday at the Jenkins Field House on the campus of Florida Southern College.

The Chargers improve to 25-5 on the season with the victory, and Benedict ends the year at 24-7.

Jaime Smith scored 16 points, including an 8-for-9 showing at the free throw line, to pace the squad and Ronnie Mack hit four big 3-pointers to record 14. Joining the two in double figures on the night was Wayne Dedrick who made three shots from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points.

Providing the team with a 28-25 lead at the halftime break, Dedrick hit one of his triples as time expired in the first period.

Marcus Goode led Benedict with 29 points and 13 rebounds.

The Chargers shot just 39.3 percent from the floor in the contest, but the difference in the game was long-range shooting as Benedict connected on 44.4 percent of its total attempts but went 2-for-12 from 3-point land in the affair.