The Texas Wesleyan men’s basketball team came up with a tough loss against Louisiana State University Shreveport finishing 61-57.
The Rams had just come off a five-game winning streak before it ended in the hard-fought game against the Pilots.
The loss marked the end of a 27 home-game win streak, just five short from topping the school record.
The game started off with consecutive points by both teams and then the Rams were faced with back-to-back runs by the Pilots.
The Rams shot 20 for 53 from the field and created 17 turnovers giving the Pilots a chance to captivate.
The Rams fired back with defense leading to a three- minute period without any scoring from either team.
The Rams stepped it up on the offensive end and went head-to-head with the Pilots finishing the first half with 31-28.
The second half opened up and the intensity of the Pilots was difficult to match as the Rams fell short of firing back to the Pilots seven consecutive points.
Oscar Griffin, junior guard stepped up to the plate and knocked down a few baskets to keep the Rams close to the Pilots.
The Rams fought back with force, but turn overs and missed lay ups caused the Pilots to gain momentum and finish out the second half with force.
Eric Frederick, senior forward, added 17 points and five rebounds.
Ronnie Moss, senior guard, contributed 13 points, two rebounds, and three assists.
Griffin finished with 13 points and five rebounds.
Stephane Mudiay, senior forward, dominated the offensive boards finishing with nine rebounds and 10 points.
Mudiay, said turnovers are what really contributed in the loss.
“We would come down the court and do something well and follow up with a turnover,” Mudiay said.
Mudiay said the fact of the matter is they have to bounce back from this game.
“Whether we bounce back or not determines our true character, and how much we want a championship,” Mudiay said. “These next games are going to show what we are made of.”
Mudiay said although the results of the game were not what they wanted, they had some spurts of positive and overall good plays that they need to captivate on.
“The second half’s last five minutes we played extremely hard, but it was too late,” Mudiay said. “We should have came right out of the first half with that execution we had in the last five minutes.”
Jazz Holman, sophomore guard, said the loss was tough to handle.
“The loss was frustrating, we fought back but it was too late,” Holman said. “We need to get more stops and focus on getting fewer turnovers in order to execute in games.”
Chris Britt-Black, senior forward, said the game showed the team what improvements need to be made as a whole.
“We have got to rebound and defend as a team,” Britt-Black said. “Especially if we want to win conference.”
Britt-Black said the rest of the season depends on how they perform here on out.
“We have got to win all of our games from here on out in order to reach all our goals,” he said.
The Rams are set to take on Wiley Jan. 30 and Jarvis Feb. 4.
The Rams’ next home game will be against the University of Saint Thomas at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Sid Richardson Center.