Mars Hill, N.C. – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Mars Hill College Lions in a final score of 83-80 on Tuesday evening.
Southern Wesleyan went 32-63 in field goals in the loss to the Lions. Justice McCullough led the team going 9-11. Kylie Blackett led the team at the three-point line, shooting 3-5 against the Lions. Southern Wesleyan went 9-16 at the free throw line with Zalan Richards led the team 3-4. Justice McCullough led the team with 18 points in the loss. McCullough was followed by Javon Hunter with 17 points and Zalan Richards with 15.
The Warriors posted 38 rebounds in the loss. Justice McCullough led the team with 11 rebounds, eight defensive and three offensive. McCullough was followed by Zalan Richards with six rebounds, and Javon Hunter and Isaac Ford with five rebounds each. McCullough went on to lead the team in steals with three and the lone block of the evening for the Warriors.
Final: Mars Hill 83, Southern Wesleyan 80
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-3), Mars Hill (1-2)
Coach Wimphrie says…
"Great effort tonight! We played like warriors. We had two chances to tie or go ahead down the stretch, but couldn't connect on free throws. I couldn't ask for a better effort. We had opportunities, but couldn't capitalize off their miscues. I'm proud of the way we didn't give up."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan broke out early on a layup by Jalen Lowery to take a 2-0 lead, however a layup by Daniel Nassyr allowed the Lions to tie the game at two. The Lions pulled ahead on a three point shot, but a layup by Justice McCullough allowed the Warriors to come to one point behind Mars Hill and make the score 4-5. Southern Wesleyan tied the game at seven on a free throw by Javon Hunter. A layup by Zalan Richards allowed the Warriors to come to 13-15 behind the Lions. Mars Hill pulled ahead, but a free throw by Issac Ford allowed the Warriors to come to four points behind the Lions to stay within striking distance of the Lions. Southern Wesleyan stayed strong with shots by Isaac Ford and Justice McCullough to keep the game close. A three point shot by Javon Hunter put the Warriors down 36-37 going into halftime.
Southern Wesleyan jumped out strong in the second on a layup by Justice McCullough to give the Warriors a 38-37 point lead. The Lions pulled ahead, but the Warriors stayed within one on a layup by Javon Hunter to make the score 40-41. A layup by Justice McCullough allowed the Warriors to tie the game at 48 with fifteen minutes remaining in the second half of the game. Mars Hill pulled ahead, but a layup by Javon Hunter allowed the Warriors to stay within five of the Lions and put the score at 52-57. Back-to-back good free throws by Zalan Richards put Southern Wesleyan to 60-67 behind Mars Hill. Jalen Lowery received a pass by Hunter to make a three-point shot to bring the score to 63-69. Back-to-back shots by Zalan Richards and Javon Hunter allowed the Warriors to come to 67-69 behind the Lions. Southern Wesleyan fought back and a three-point shot by Kylie Blackett allowed the Warriors to tie the game 79-79 with thirty-four seconds left in the second half. With seconds remaining in the second half, Javon Hunter made a free throw to put the Warriors down 80-81. Despite the late rally, Southern Wesleyan fell 83-80.
Southern Wesleyan will host their home opener on November 16 at 7:30 p.m. against the Bob Jones University Bruins. They will remain at home on November 18 at 6 p.m. as they take on the Columbia International Rams. The Warriors will then open up Conference Carolinas action on November 21 as the Emmanuel College Lions come to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.