Misenheimer, N.C. - The Warren Wilson Men's Basketball team traveled to Pfeifer University to face off with the Falcons. It was the first trip to Misenheimer since 2014, when the Owls beat the Falcons on a buzzer beater by sharpshooter Justin Gonyea. On this night another young man with the initials J.G would shine.
The Owls took an early nine point lead, but lights out shooting by the Falcons would cool the Owls down. The Owls found themselves in a hole late in the first half and would go into the half down nine points.
The Falcons would take immediate control of the second half and the game looked out of reach for the Owls. With just over 15 minutes left in the game, the Falcons would take a 27 point lead. The Owls would cut the lead to 17 with 10 minutes left and then went on a big run of their own. With under 3 minutes left in the game the Owls would cut the Falcons lead to 8. With under 1 minute in regulation the Owls would cut the lead to 5, but that would be as close as they would get, eventually falling 135-127.
"This was one of the most fun basketball games that I have ever been apart of. I saw a different look in their eyes, the look of belief. We took a huge step today. Even though we lost on the scoreboard, we won the day. The fought for 40 minutes, they gelled together, and they were playing for each other, and not with each other, and that is all you can ask. Pfeiffer shot the ball from three at a really high level, most of them were contested. We showed ourselves tonight that we are capable of scoring the ball well, and that we can get stops when we put our focus on the defensive side of the ball. We are growing, and we are going to go through growing pains, but overall I was encouraged by our play in the second half. Everybody played and contributed in a positive way. November is rough for us, so as long as we continue to develop and grow together, we will be fine," stated head coach Anthony Barringer.
The Owls scored 82 points in the second half. This is the highest scoring output for the Owls in recent history. This point total is 2 points higher than the old record, which the Owls tallied against Crown College last season. The Owls would go on to score 144 points in that game.
Junior guard Jordan Gant led all scorers, finishing with 39 points. Gant is now 26 points away from scoring his 1,000th point of his career. Sophomore guard Brent Davis finished the game with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 7 offensive rebounds, and 5 steals. Junior guard Justin Storr finished with 20 points.
The Owls are back in action Sunday when they travel to Durham, N.C. to take on North Carolina Central University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 P.M.