Owls Extend Winning-Streak in 64-54 Victory Over Pensacola Christian

Senior guard Tavonta Jones in the game versus Voorhees; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations
Senior guard Tavonta Jones in the game versus Voorhees; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls men's basketball team continues its four-game winning streak with a 64-54 victory over Pensacola Christian College inside Emma 'Ody' Pohl Gymnasium Friday evening. The 6-10 Owls were led by senior guard Tre Pinkston who picked up 18 points in Friday's competition. He was assisted by Keith Harris and Carlos Wilkerson who picked up 13 and 12 points respectively.

Backing up Pinkston's game-high scoring, senior Tavonta Jones pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and freshman guard Milos Zeradjanin had a game-high seven assists.

As a team, The W shot 39.4 percent (26-of-66) from the field and 14.3 (3-of-21) percent in three-point range. The Eagles (5-14) shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field and 24.0 percent (6-of-25) from behind the arch. At the line, the Owls made 60 percent (9-of-15) of its shots while Pensacola Christian made 44.4 percent (4-of-9)

Turnovers to begin the first half put the Owls behind PCC 10-4 with 15:20 left. Pinkston hit a 3-pointer with an assist from Keith Harris to cut the lead to 10-7. The W got its first lead of the competition with 8:08 left in the half, when Pinkston landed a two-point jumper to give the Owls a 17-16 advantage over the Eagles. The two teams traded points resulting in two ties over four minutes before Austin Taylor scored two and Harris made back-to-back free-throws to give The W a 26-22 lead, the Owls largest lead of the game so far.

Noah Rawlings for Pensacola Christian sank a 3-point jumper to put the Eagles within one. Harris for The W split free-throws and Deric Woods for PCC land a 2-point jumper to tie the score at 27 going into halftime.

Returning from halftime, The Owls caught fire early to go on a 14-2 run to take a 43-29 advantage. Anthony Horton landed a two-point jumper for the Eagles to pause the assault but a layup and a dunk by Harris pushed the Owls further ahead, 47-33.

The Eagles adjusted and were able to slow down The W's scoring effort while also putting points on the board to get within five of the Owls lead, 49-44. It would be the closest the Eagles would get to taking the lead in the final minutes before the Owls continued its scoring run to close the game with a 64-54 victory.

The Owls will return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 18 when they take their first road trip of 2020. The W will head to Somerset, KY to face Campbellsville University –Somerset. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.