Men's Basketball Ends Season with Thrilling Game at Selma

Tavonta Jones; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Tavonta Jones; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

SELMA, Ala. – Tavonta Jones scored 21 points and grabbed four rebounds but the 15th ranked Owls men's basketball team came up short, falling 89-88 to Selma University in the Owls final game of the 2019 season.

Coming off the bench, Shon Wright also had a big game for the Owls with 14 points, 11 rebounds and one steal for a double-double. Tre Pinkston and Carlos Wilkerson also scored in the double-digits with 14 and 12 points respectively.

The W (7-18) hit 35 of its 74 field goal attempts (47.3 percent). The Owls won the battle of the boards, 45-37, and held an 18-13 advantage in second-chance points. But Selma hit 7 of its 21 three-point attempts (33.3 percent) and edge out the Owls in points off turnovers 19-14.

The offense started early in the match with Dionne Parks for Selma making his first jump shot of the game 31 seconds after tip-off. The Owls Tavonta Jones answered less than 30 seconds later with a jump shot of his own to tie the game.

The two teams traded points but with 12:28 left in the first half the Bulldogs went on a 10-2 scoring run to pull ahead of The W, 30-19.

With less than six minutes left, the Owls went on an 11-1 run of their own to grab their first lead of the game 41-40.

At the 46 second mark, Deavin Foreman for Selma sank a layup to put the Bulldogs back on top and close the half ahead 42-41.

The second half was intense with the scoring gap being no greater than five at any time.

The nail-biting game was decided on the backs of free-throws. After the Owls came back from a timeout with too many guys on the floor, Westbury hit both of his free-throws with less than 14 seconds on the clock to give Selma an 89-87 advantage.

With five seconds left, Owls Keith Harris went to the line after being fouled and split his baskets to put the Owls within one of tying the game. Jones recovered the rebound for the Owls but a three-pointer by Harris was blocked out of bounds. Tre Pinkston was given the ball for a last-second shot but his three-point jumper bounced off the rim to end the game 89-88.