COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls men's basketball team came back from a 13 points deficit in the early moments of the first half to defeat the Chargers 85-65 in its home opener Saturday evening. The W had five players put up double-digit points Pohl Gymnasium rally back and close the game strong.
Keith Harris, a senior guard, led the Owls offensive effort, going 6-for-13 from the field, 2-for-7 in three-point range, and 6-for-7 at the free-throw line for 20 points. The Starkville, Miss. native also added five rebounds, two assists, and one steal to his performance.
Off the bench, Tyler Jackson made an immediate impact. The junior transfer went 4-for-7 from the floor, 1-for-3 from beyond the arc, and 6-for-7 at the line for 15 points.
Tavonta Jones scored 13 and Tre Pinkston and Jonte Moultrie scored 10 points each to round out the double-digit effort. Jones brought down six rebounds to tie the game-high and Pinkston recorded a game-high six assist to lead the team.
The W (2-3) played better than they have all season for its home-opening victory. The Owls outperformed the Chargers in shooting, going 27-of-54 (50.0 percent) from the floor while holding SBC to 24-of-64 (37.5 percent). In three-point range, The W landed 9-of-28 (32.1 percent) while the Chargers went 6-for-26 (23.1 percent). The Owls even saw improvement at the line with 22 shots on 29 attempts (75.9 percent) while the Chargers went 11-for-18 (61.1 percent).
The Owls return to action on Saturday, Nov. 30 when they travel to Jackson, Miss. to participate in the Millsaps Thanksgiving Classic. During the event, the Owls will take on Hendrix College and the host-school Millsaps College.