DENMARK, S.C. – Tavonta Jones scored 24 points and Keith Harris added 14, but it was not enough as the Owls men's basketball team lost to Voorhees College 87-60 on Thursday in its first road game in over two weeks.
In the first half, the Owls outscored Voorhees 18-16 in the paint and picked up more points off turnovers 7-4. The Owls struggled to connect with the basket shooting 33.3 percent from the field including just 9.1 percent in three-point range.
The Tigers knew their court to pull down 44.1 percent of their baskets in the half including 26.7 from beyond the arc.
Voorhees recorded the first points of the game with a three-point jumper 50 seconds after tip-off. After an early foul, Owls guard Keith Harris split free-throws and Josh Skinner grabbed the rebound for the second chance layup to tie the game.
The two teams took turns scoring, tying the game three times with two lead changes but the trend would not last long.
With the score tied a 22-22 and eight minutes left in the half, Voorhees went on a 14-2 scoring run to close the half ahead of the Owls 36-24.
In the second half, The W was unable to reclaim the lead despite performing better in the paint 18-16. Voorhees took advantage of the Owls 11 turnovers scoring 15 points off the Owls mistakes. On the other end, the Tigers limited their turnovers to four which only lent five points to the Owls offense.
Overall, the Owls went 23-for-64 from the field, including 3-for-22 in three-point range. At the line, The W went 11-for-18 to go 61.1 percent in free-throws.
Voorhees hit 35 of its 82 shots from the field with 11-of-38 from beyond the arc. At the line, the Tigers struggled a bit, hitting only six of 11 shots.
The Owls will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2 when they take on Morris College. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT.