Due West, South Carolina - Despite overcoming a double-digit deficit in the 2nd half, the Lions came up short as the team fell to Erskine College 68-67 on Wednesday night in South Carolina.
The Lions coming off two straight wins were optimistic and ready to take on the Flying Fleet. On the other hand, the Flying Fleet were looking to continue their winning streak.
In the opening minutes, Steve Guinchard provided the first three for the Lions. The team was also able to utilize post plays from Zach Lillie to provide turn-overs, with 10 bench points. After a media timeout, the Flying fleet came back into the game and strung together several defensive stops to come back into the game. Ray Lock powered the Flying fleet with impressive contested shots to extend their lead. The Flying fleet continued with their pressure defense, as they mounted a 29-40 advantage. The Lions tried to claw back with several three's from Austin Greene, but they fell short as the Flying fleet closed out the first half 32-27.
In the second half, the Lions battled back to tie the game 44-44 in the opening minutes. As the half progressed, the Lions worked the ball inside to Kendrick Colvin who drove to the basket for a dunk. As the Lions continued using offense pressure, they mounted their largest lead 58-54. The Flying fleet refused to let the Lions lead upset them as they began to use Brannon Dark, who had several jumpers with 19 points overall.
With under a minute to play, Ray Lock came up with a clutch basket to tie the game 67-67. The Lions now had the ball in their possession, as the clock ran out the Lions fell short at the basket. The Flying Fleet remain undefeated at home and the Lions fell to a 14-5 overall record with a 9-4 conference record. The Lions will take on South Wesleyan, February 6 where they hope to gain a win. Tip off is set at 4:00 p.m.
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