Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in a 76-67 final on Saturday afternoon.
Southern Wesleyan was led by DJ Dobson with 30 points scored. Dobson went 10-19 from the field and 10-14 at the free throw line. Zalan Richards followed Dobson with 12 points in the loss. Dobson and Richards led the team with six rebounds apiece. Javon Hunter had eight assists in the loss, and Jalen Lowery had two steals. Dobson had two of the four blocks for the Warriors.
Final: Belmont Abbey 76, Southern Wesleyan 67
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-16 / CC 1-8), Belmont Abbey (9-10 / CC 4-5)
Coach Wimphrie says…
"We played as a team today. I was very pleased with the effort. We came up short on the scoreboard, but I'm very proud of the competitive spirit the guys showed. Missing 10 free throws hurt us and allowed the game to separate. We have to do a better job in our next game at the free throw line."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan jumped out first on a jump shot by Javon Hunter. Layups by Zalan Richards and DJ Dobson allowed the Warriors to lengthen their lead to 6-0. A layup by DeQuan Abrom allowed the Crusaders to put points on the board and then a three point shot by Ben Ferguson put Belmont Abbey down 5-6. Layups by Richards and Dobson pushed the Warriors lead to 10-7. A jump shot and free throw by Aidan Richard put the Crusaders up 13-12 over the Warriors. However, a layup by DJ Dobson allowed Southern Wesleyan to regain the lead. The Crusaders countered the Warriors every shot to keep the game close. Belmont Abbey took a 33-26 point lead on layups by Aidan Richard, DeQuan Abrom and Deion Lane. The Warriors fought back with layups by Jeremy Wert ad DJ Dobson put the Warriors within six points of the Crusaders. With seconds remaining, Jalen Lowery made a three point jump shot from almost half court to put the Warriors down 34-39 to the Crusaders.
Belmont Abbey struck first on a layup by Myron Carmon to take their lead to 41-34. A three point jump shot by Jalen Lowery allowed Southern Wesleyan to come to within five the Crusaders and make the score 43-38. Free throws by DJ Dobson and jump shot by Zalan Richards brought the score to 42-47. Shots by Gavin Sears and Dobson allowed the Warriors to come within two of the Crusaders and make the score 47-45. Belmont Abbey pushed their lead to 56-45 on a three point shot by Jacob Wilson, but the Warriors countered on a layup by Gavin Sears. A three point shot and free throw by Javon Hunter allowed the Warriors to come within five and brought the score to 63-58 with just over seven minutes remaining. Belmont Abbey went on to win the game 76-67.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Mount Olive as they take on the Trojans on January 23 at 7:30. They will then travel to Limestone to take on the Saints on January 27 at 7:30 p.m.