Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Limestone Saints on Tuesday evening in a 90-82 final.
Christian McLean led the team with a double-double posting 20 points and 11 rebounds. He was also joined by Jalen Lowery who had 20 points. The Warriors shot 45.8% from the field in the loss to the Saints on Tuesday. McLean also led the team with two steals and tied with Javon Hunter with three assists apiece.
Final: Limestone 90, Southern Wesleyan 82
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-13/CC 1-5) Limestone (8-7/CC 3-3)
Coach Pasqua Says…
"Very proud of our effort as a team tonight. We showed a lot of toughness and battled all night. Have to learn from some of our mistakes down the stretch and put a full 40 minutes together."
How It Happened
The Saints struck first in the contest on Tuesday evening, but the Warriors took a quick 6-4 lead. Both teams battled back and forth before a pair of free throws from Jaquan Simms put the Saints up 10-8. The Saints ran with the momentum and held the Warriors until a 3-pointer from Jalen Lowery put them back into the game only trailing 26-30. Shots from Isaac Ford and Lamont Smith put the Warriors ahead 36-34 for a short time. The Saints answered with several free throws and a pair of 3-pointers to lead 48-37 at the half.
Diego Poore nailed a 3-pointer to start the second half for the Warriors. Southern Wesleyan was able to narrow the Saints lead to 53-55 with a layup from Javon Hunter. The Saints were able to go on a run, but the Warriors showed that they were not done fighting. Several Warriors made shots to shorten the Saints lead. Smith and Christian McLean answered big from the 3-point line and had the Warriors only trailing 72-75. Despite a late effort, the Saints were able to come out strong from the free throw line to go on and win the game 90-82.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home on January 12 to take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders at 4 p.m. The Warriors will then travel to Emmanuel to take on the Lions on January 16 at 7:30 p.m.