COLUMBUS, Miss. – In a thrilling high energy game against Talladega College, sophomore guard Shon Wright led the Owls men's basketball team with a game high of 17 points. In the midweek match-up, the Shaw, Miss. native hit 5 of 12 from the field with three 3-pointers while picking up all four of his foul shots.
The W played hard against the three-time Gulf Coast Athletic Conference champions but it was not enough for a victory, falling 86-68 Wednesday night.
Both teams successfully moved the ball down the court but the Tornadoes were just a bit more accurate in their shots. Talladega had a strong start, beginning halftime ahead of The W 41-22.
In the second half, the Owls found a surge of energy to outscore their opponent 46-45. Despite the effort, The W was unable to overcome its 19-point deficit from the first half.
As a team, the Owls shot 30.4 percent from the field while shooting 17.9 percent in three-point range. At the free-throw line, The W picked up 21 points with a 72.4 percent accuracy.
Talladega went 30-57 from the field and 11-25 in three-point range. At the line, the Tornadoes fell short of the Owls effort making 65.2 percent of their baskets.
Contributing 13-points to Owls scoring, junior guard Keith Harris was the only other W double-digit scorer. The Starkville, Miss. native made 3 of 8 from the field and 7 of 9 from the free-throw line. He also pulled down six rebounds with one assist and one steal.
Leading the Owls in rebounds, junior forward DJ Clark pulled down a game high of eight. He also collected nine points and one assist during the effort.
"I'm proud of the way our guys fought back and battled in the second half," said head coach Brian Merkel. "We have to figure out a way to get off to a better start, but I'm pleased with our second half effort."
The Owls will be back in action on Sunday, Nov. 18 when they host Wiley College. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. in Pohl Gym. Come out and support the Owls as they search for a win at home.