Franklin Springs, GA - Southern Wesleyan fell to the Emmanuel College Lions by a score of 70-54 on Wednesday evening.
Southern Wesleyan shot 34.0% from the field in the loss to the Lions on Wednesday evening. Lamont Smith led the team with 16 points. He was followed by Bryson Williams and Diego Poore with 9 points apiece. The Warriors recorded 33 rebounds and four Warriors led the team with five rebounds each. Three Warriors had steals and blocks. Zalan Richards led the team with four assists in the loss.
Final: Emmanuel 70, Southern Wesleyan 54
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-15/CC 1-7) Emmanuel (14-6/CC 7-0)
How It Happened
The Lions struck first in the contest, going on an early 10-0 lead before a jump shot from Jalen Lowery put the Warriors on the board. Southern Wesleyan had to fight their way back into the game and they were able to with the help of two freshmen. Lamont Smith and Christian McLean were able to deliever 3-pointers to put the Warriors down by just six and trailing 18-24. The Lions did not let up and continued to stretch their lead. Despite a pair of free throws from Zalan Richards and a late 3-pointer from Smith, the Warriors trailed 25-39 at halftime.
Brandon Simpson jumped out first for Emmanuel to start the second half. Diego Poore was able to answer for the Warriors with a 3-pointer to bring the score to 28-42. Smith and McLean led the Warriors in the second half and cut the Lions led to 37-52 halfway through the last half of the game. Emmanuel continued to challenge the Warriors while maintaining their lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Poore and Bryson Williams cut the lead to 15 and put the Warriors trailing only 43-58 with seven minutes to play. Williams went on to make two late 3-pointers but unfortunately it wasn't enough as the Lions went on to win 70-54.
Southern Wesleyan will travel to Limestone College on January 19 to take on the Saints at 4 p.m. They will then return home on January 21 to take on the Lees-McRae Bobcats at 7:30 p.m.