Mars Hill, N.C. - The men's basketball team dropped their fourth consecutive game with a 103-89 loss at Mars Hill University on Tuesday. This game was the Owls sixth game in 11 days, and the beginning of the game looked just as such. The Owls came out really sluggish, falling behind early to the Lions, and were never able to recover.
After going into the half down 19, the Owls would regroup and eventually cut the Lions lead to 11. Saadiq Johnson missed a three point shot that would have cut the Lions lead to single digits, and the Lions would push the lead back up before the final horn sounded.
"November has been rough. November is always rough for us, and it is somewhat intentional. We want our guys to learn to overcome adversity early in the season so that we know how to handle it late in the season, when it gets down to crunch time, and we have witnessed adversity in every way possible this month. We are growing, and we are going through growing pains. That is what happens when you are as new as we are, and as young as we are. Our guys are becoming a band of brothers daily rather than just teammates, and in the end, as long as we continue to progress, we will get what we want out of this thing. We just have to continue to work and trust each other better daily. We have 2 more games this month that will count against our win/loss, and an exhibition against Winthrop University. We will compete hard against Winthrop and look to finish this month with two wins," stated head coach Anthony Barringer.
Junior sharpshooter Jordan Gant led the Owls with 27 points. Coming into the game Gant was 18 points short of 1,000 career points. Freshman guard Nicholas McDonald had a breakout game, finishing with 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The Owls are currently 3-6 this season. They are back in action Saturday, November 24th when they travel to Rock Hill, S.C. to take on Winthrop University. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 P.M.