COLUMBUS, Miss. – The No. 14 Owls men's basketball team will conclude its five-game home stretch Friday when it hosts Pensacola Christian College at 7 p.m. CT inside Emma 'Ody' Pohl Gymnasium.
The W (5-10) recently climbed its way back on to the USCAA Coaches Poll after going on a three-game winning streak. During the rise, the Owls defeated Lyon College, Southern University – New Orleans, and their most recent opponent Rhodes College.
The W outlasted the Lynx in a nail-biting point-for-point exchange to surge in the last minutes for a 70-62 victory. Senior guard Keith Harris led the Owls offense, tying the game-high 21 points while collecting seven rebounds and three steals. The strong performance further supports him being named as January's Renasant Athlete of the Month. Fellow senior, Tre Pinkston contributed 10 points while giving a program-best nine assists and Milos Zeradjanin and Tavonta Jones put up 12 and 10 points respectively.
Harris is having a great season for The W, leading the Owls in scoring with 20.8 points per game. The senior is 96-of-200 from the field this season and ranks first in minutes per game, first in steals per game, and second in rebounding.
Carlos Wilkerson, senior forward, leads the Owls in rebounding, pulling down 6.3 boards per game while averaging 9.3 points per game. Senior guard Tavonta Jones ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.4 points per game while Pinkston leads the Owls in assists with 3.4 per game and 7.6 points per game.
Pensacola Christian (5-12) will take on Southeastern Baptist College later today after facing Crowley's Ridge College earlier in the week. The Eagles barely squeaked past CRC to defeat the Pioneers 70-69. In the matchup, junior guard John Clay led Pensacola Christina with 16 points and freshman forward Deric Woods pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Other standouts were Dakota Pratt, AJ Ward, and Austin Lewis who recorded 14,11, and 10 points respectively.
As a team, the Eagles average 74.6 points per game while allowing 92.0 points per game. PCC is hitting 39.3 percent from the field and 35.7 from three-point range with a -10.3 rebounding margin and -0.1 turnover margin. Clay leads the team with 20.3 points per game adding 3.7 rebounds per game and 58 3s made. Pratt leads the team in rebounding with 6.7 per game while averaging 8.7 points per game.
This will be the first time that the two programs have met on the hardwood. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. All MUW students, faculty, and staff enter free with their university ID and general admission is $5 with special pricing of families of four or more, senior citizens, and students. Children under 12 enter free.
Friday's game will be streamed with live stats on OwlsAthletics.com. The link can be accessed on the men's basketball schedule page.
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