Owls Drop Game Against Belhaven, 109-79

Josh Skinner, senior guard; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Josh Skinner, senior guard; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

JACKSON, Miss. – Keith Harris scored 19 points and Tavonta Jones had 17 points, but the Owls men's basketball team lost 109-79 on Saturday afternoon to Belhaven University at the Charles R. Rugg Arena.

Shon Wright added 13 points and DJ Clark scored 11 and a team-high eight rebounds for the Owls.

Belhaven (5-6) hit 38 of 57 (66.7 percent) from the floor, including 16 of 30 (53.3 percent) in three-point range, while winning the rebounding battle 33-24. The Blazers had just seven turnovers while the Owls had 13.

The W (1-12) hit 27 of 59 (45.8 percent) from the floor, making 10 of 27 (37.0 percent) from behind the arc. The Owls convert 15 of their 27 free throws, for 55.6 percent shooting from the line.

"We ran into a team that shot the ball incredibly well tonight. There were some things we must do better on the defensive end, but it's tough when they're making that many shots," said head coach Brian Merkel.  "We played well enough on the offensive end to win, just have to get better defensively."

The Owls will return to the court on Thursday, Jan. 10 when they host Campbellsville University – Somerset. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.