Central, S.C. - Southern Wesleyan fell just short after over time to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears in a 93-87 final.
The Warriors shot 43.4% from the field in the loss on Wednesday evening. Clenzo Ross led the team with 18 points and was followed by Solomon Smith with 14 and Hunter Davis with 13. The team posted 40 rebounds, led by Cameron Holmes, TJ Harvin, and Ross with seven apiece. There were 10 assists with Ross contributing three to lead the team. Edwon Brady had the lone block for the Warriors.
Final: Lenoir-Rhyne 93, Southern Wesleyan 87 (OT)
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-2) Lenoir-Rhyne (3-0)
Coach Pasqua Says...
"Proud of the way our guys played tonight. I thought we played hard and think we have a chance to have a very good team this year."
How It Happened
The Bears started the contest with a 5-0 run with TJ Harvin answering for the Warriors with a 3-pointer. Lenoir-Rhyne was able to extend their lead to a comfortable one before back-to-back layups from Edwon Brady pulled the Warriors within two, trailing 15-13. The Warriors remained right on the heels of the undefeated Bears, continuing to threaten their lead. With the Bears leading 39-35 and halftime approaching, the Warriors dug deep to pull out a pair of free throws from Brady and a layup from Clenzo Ross to tie it at 39-39 at the half.
Pasqua's 2019-20 squad came out with an electrifying second half performance. Jalen Lowery added five points right away with Harvin chipping in two to force a Lenoir-Rhyne time-out and to put the Warriors ahead 46-39. A 3-pointer from Ta'Jay Dunlap would give the Warriors the biggest lead of the game so far at 52-41. The Warriors maintained a solid lead for a majority of the second half. The Bears closed in on the Warriors, cutting their lead to 77-74 with roughly 12 seconds on the clock. A 3-pointer from Mason Hawks would send the game into overtime.
Lenoir-Rhyne claimed the first lead of extra minutes. Ross responded with a layup each point the Bears scored to put the Warriors ahead 81-80. The Bears defense was able to hold the Warriors to only three more baskets, each made by Solomon Smith. Lenoir-Rhyne would go on to win the game in a 93-87 final.
Southern Wesleyan will travel to Greenville, S.C. to play the Division I Furman Paladins in an exhibition game on November 15 at 7 p.m. They return home on November 16 to play the North Georgia Nighthawks at 4 p.m.