Second-Half Comeback Falls Short Against Weevils
January 4, 2019
WEATHERFORD, Okla. – Bulldog Basketball outscored Arkansas-Monticello 39-22 in the second half on Thursday night, erasing an early 21-point deficit before falling to the Boll Weevils in the final seconds by a score of 67-65.
The Bulldogs came out of the gate with some fire but quickly fell behind to the Boll Weevils, who would go on an 11-5 run midway through to take a 33-18 lead at the under-eight media timeout. SWOSU was able to piece together a quick five-point spurt late in the half, but they were unable to get much closer as UAM built a 45-26 lead on the strength of eight made three-pointers in the period.
SWOSU battled back in the second half, getting shots to drop and pouring in eight three-pointers of their own as they chipped away at the Weevils advantage. It wasn't until a Nick Shoemaker three-pointer with 4:53 to play that the Dawgs got within single digits and consecutive three-pointers from Daniel Eibel made it a 64-61 game with 3:33 to play.
Despite limiting UAM to just three points over the final 3:33, the Bulldogs were never able to take the lead, despite drawing within one after Cheikh Fall made 1-of-2 free throws with 47 seconds to play. Marcus Thomas grabbed the offensive rebound, giving the Dawgs a chance to take the lead, but after a timeout Thomas misfired on a corner three, forcing SWOSU to foul.
Opportunities continued to arise for the Bulldogs, who forced another UAM turnover with 26 seconds to play but were unable to convert after Tre Evans saw a driving shot fall off the rim and into the arms of a Weevil defender. UAM got to the line and hit 1-of-2 free throws in the final second to secure the two-point win.
SWOSU had four players score in double figures, getting 12 points apiece from Evans, Eibel and Chris Braggs, Jr., while Fall added 11 points and six rebounds. Evans also led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds and six assists to help offset his lowest-scoring night of the season.
SWOSU will be back on the floor of the Pioneer Cellular Event Center on Saturday afternoon, hosting Southern Arkansas at 3:00 pm.