Central, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Emmanuel College Lions in Conference Carolinas action in a 84-57 final on Tuesday evening.
Jalen Lowery led the Warriors with 16 points and was followed by Justice McCollough with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Southern Wesleyan went 18-53 in field goals in the loss and were 15-30 at the free throw line. Javon Hunter led the Warriors with five assists in the loss and four Warriors posted steals.
Final: Emmanuel 84, Southern Wesleyan 57
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-5 CC 0-1), Emmanuel (2-2 / CC 1-0)
Coach Wimphrie says...
"We played a good first half, but we shot the ball poorly in the second half. We missed too many free throws and only connected on five of 23 field goals. It's very difficult to stay close to a team the caliber of Emmanuel if you can't make shots. We have to get better in this area as the season continues."
How It Happened
The Lions struck first in the contest on Tuesday evening with a layup from Kurtis Robinson. However, the Warriors countered with a three-pointer from Jalen Lowery to put them ahead early in the game. Emmanuel responded with a three-pointer of their own, but the Warriors quickly got on a run with several three-pointers from Lowery to lead 15-7. The Lions responded with a layup, but the Warriors continued to increase their lead with shots from D.J. Dobson and Kylie Blackett. A three-pointer from the Lions tied the game at 23-23 with less than half to go in the first half. Both teams battled back and forth before the Lions were able to maintain a lead. A layup from Jeremy Wert at the buzzer was not enough as the Warriors trailed 37-40 at the half.
Emmanuel came out strong in the second half scoring in less than a minute into the half. A layup and free throw from Zalan Richards gave the Warriors their first points of the second half and put them within five at 40-45. The Lions were able to increase their lead to more than 10 and continued to push as the Warriors fought hard. Several Warriors made free throws throughout the second half trying to stay in the game. The Warriors trailed 50-66 halfway through the second half. Layups late in the half from Justice McCollough and D.J. Dobson weren't enough as the Lions went on to win the game 84-57.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Lees-McRae to continue Conference Carolinas play against the Bobcats on November 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors will return home to face the Anderson Trojans on November 30 at 7:30 p.m.