The men’s basketball team for Texas Wesleyan played Mon. Feb. 18 against Louisiana State University-Shreveport in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Rams fell to the Pilots 97-88 in conference play.

Both teams are in the Red River Athletic Conference and LSUS is ranked second. The Rams started off the game on a good foot, leading by 14 with under 4 minutes of play left in the half. However, the buzzer had not rang. The Pilots came back on a 14-1 run to take away that deficit. The Rams only led by one entering into the second half, 45-44.

The Pilots continued their “hot-hand” in the second half. They went on an 11-0 run to give them a double-digit lead, 85-75. The Rams did not give up. They continued to push the ball and cut the lead down to four with just a little over a minute left in the game. Although it was a hard effort, the Rams fell short 97-88 to the LSUS Pilots.

Brian Talley, senior guard and accounting major, said the team played well throughout the majority of the game.

“The game just came down to a couple of plays that we probably did not execute as well as we could have,” Talley said. “We could not pull off the win.”

Mo Weathers, senior guard, had 29 points and eight rebounds for the game. This was his second highest scoring game of the year. Oscar Griffin, senior guard, added 12 points to the game while Jazz Holman, junior guard, added 13.

The Rams will pick up again on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. against St. Thomas University in the Sid Richardson Center. This will be the last game of the regular season and also be senior night for the team.