Madisonville, TN - The Warren Wilson Men's Basketball Team kicked off the season with a win over the host Hiwassee College Tigers. The Owls started off sluggish, getting down 14-2, before a spark from the Owls second unit would get the Owls going. The Owls took the lead midway through the first half and never looked back, heading into the half ahead 48-41.
The second half would be more of the same as the end of the first half. The Owls would push their lead to 18 before the Tigers would go on a run of their own, cutting the Owls lead to 3 with 15 seconds left. Junior guard Jordan Gant sealed the game, splitting a pair of free throws, giving the Owls a four-point lead.
"We just beat a really solid Hiwassee team. We are really proud of the way our guys competed tonight. We have alot of things to work on when we get back to practice, but all in all, we will take the win. On the road, with six freshman, two guys who haven't played basketball in over 1 year, and two guys who didnt play much at their previous institutions; we overcame the circumstances. They didnt let an early deficit dictate the rest of the game. As a staff we cant ask for much more. When you have a guy like Jordan Gant, you always have a chance to win basketball games. He can completely shift a game with his ability to make shots and make plays. He has picked up right where he left off, which is exciting to see."
The Owls saw 3 players reach double digits. Gant led the Owls with 25 points, followed by newcomer Brent Davis, who finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. Freshman Andrew Dalton started his career as an Owl off the right way, finishing with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Junior point guard Justin Storr dished out 8 assists, while fellow junior point guard Trey Brown dished out 5 assists. Junior forward Jaquann Lockhart returned to the Owls after taking a gap year and made his presence felt immediately. He chipped in 7 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, and tallied 2 steals. The Owls finished with 21 assists and shot the ball 48% from the field.
The Owls are back in action as they take on EMAC foe Mid-Atlantic Christian University. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 P.M.