Owls Outlast Morris College, 85-82

Carlos Wilkerson; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Carlos Wilkerson; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

SUMTER, S.C. – After being down by 13 points, the Owls men's basketball team rallied against Morris College to defeat the Hornets 85-82 Saturday afternoon. With the victory, The W improves to 6-15 on the season.

Tavonta Jones, for the second time this week, led the Owls offense. The Meridian, Miss. native went 7-for-12 from the floor including 2-for-3 in three-point range. He also grabbed four points at the line to tie the game-high of 20 points.

DJ Clark recorded his eighth double-double this season with a game-high 12 rebounds and 14 points. He also recorded five assist and two blocks in the effort.

Other standout players were Keith Harris with 13 points, Josh Skinner with 12, and Carlos Wilkerson with 11.

As a team, the Owls shot 53.2 percent from a field and a season-high 52.2 percent in three-point range.

Morris College hit 41.6 percent from the floor, 36.4 percent in three-point range, and 62.5 percent at the line.

The Hornets edged out the Owls in rebounds 43-40 and turned the Owls 16 turnovers into 26 points. Morris committed only nine turnovers lending only eight points to The W effort

In the paint, the Owls outscored the Hornets 42-32 and had a more productive bench 30-9.

Both teams battled hard with three ties and two lead changes. The game was decided in the last second of the game with back-to-back missed shots by Morris that could have tied or won the game. The W stayed strong on defense and was able to outlast Morris, 85-82.

The Owls will return to action on Monday, Feb. 4 when they host Oakwood University. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.