TFC men’s basketball hosted NCAA Division III Sewanee University on January 29. The Eagles played a physical, scrappy game on the defensive end, but were defeated 47 – 65.
The Sewanee Tigers used a motion offense and back screens to jump to an early double digit lead. The Eagles struggled to match the Tigers scoring rate, shooting just 24% from the floor in the first half. Conversely, the visiting Tigers shot 46% in the opening half. The Eagles poor shooting percentage and lack of defensive stops put the Eagles behind 17 – 36 at the half. The Tigers widened their lead to nearly 30 points before the Eagles adjusted to a zone defense. The intense zone forced Sewanee to settle for several long jump shots, including 1 – 13 from three point range in the second half. The improved defensive effort helped the Eagles to get within 13 points with 3:30 remaining in the game. However, despite outscoring Sewanee 30 – 29 in the half, TFC was unable to overcome the first half deficit and fell 47 – 65. “I keep saying it because it’s true. We’re young, but we’re getting better and growing up each game,” said Coach Jason Mehl.
TFC was led in scoring by sophomore Jon Sauls with 12 points. Sauls shot 4 -12 from behind the three point arc in the contest. Carlos Hamlett added 11 for the Eagles, and Josh Barrett contributed 10 points and four assists.
The Eagles will host region opponents Florida Christian College on Friday and Clearwater Christian College on Saturday. Friday’s contest against FCC will tip off at 7:00. On Saturday the men’s game will follow the Lady Eagles 1:00 game against Clearwater.