West Florida Men’s Basketball Falls Just Short to Alabama Huntsville 77-71

first_img Share Jan. 19, 2008 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – For the second consecutive game, the West Florida Men’s Basketball team went down to the wire with their opponents, but couldn’t get the ball to bounce their way at the end. The Argonauts drop to 10-6 on the season, and 0-2 in the conference. With the Argos down by two points just inside two minutes to play, Josh Jackson’s driving floater rimmed in and out and it looked like Charles Bouie had the offensive rebound, but he was called for a foul. Alabama Huntsville hit the free throws, and West Florida could not quite rebound from that momentum changer.The Argos had one last chance, as Ryan Henry hit a three pointer to close within 74-71, with 30 seconds to play, and then Lucas Malone stole the inbounds pass. However, the Argos couldn’t convert and Alabama Huntsville hit three free throws to close out the contest. Charles Bouie had an outstanding game for West Florida before he fouled out. The Junior forward scored 16 points, with two blocks and two steals. Ryan Henry led West Florida with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.The game was close throughout, with 13 lead changes and 13 different times the score was tied. West Florida was out-rebounded 41-32, but evened that out by forcing 18 turnovers and committing only nine. The Argonauts were able to get 71 shots attempted to only 47 for Alabama Huntsville, but the Chargers connected on 51% of their shots to counter balance the steals and offensive rebounds that West Florida was piling up.Kenny Holmes, who scored 7 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half, played only a minute in the second half due to a knee injury. Lucas Evangelista and Lucas Malone both played well off the bench to counteract the loss of Holmes. Evangelista scored four points and grabbed six rebounds, while Malone scored two points and had a big steal at the end of the game that gave the Argos a chance at tying the game in final seconds.Deondre Boynton, the conference leader in assists, dished out six assists and added 10 points. Meanwhile, Josh Jackson scored 11 points off the bench, and added two steals. The Argonauts connected on 13-15 free throws, and had a lead just inside three minutes to play, as each team hit several big shots down the stretch in the second half, for big momentum swings. Alabama Huntsville happened to have the momentum in their favor at the end.Head Coach Don Hogan likes the competitiveness of his team, despite two straight close defeats. “I am proud of the guys, they play hard and have put us in position to win the last two games, but our opponents hit some big shots, and that is not always going to happen. I like the way our guys responded when things weren’t going our way. We keep trying to improve and build off each game.”West Florida will travel to Carrollton, Georgia for their next conference game on Monday night. The Argonauts will look to get their first conference win, after dropping two close contests. Game time is 6:30 central time and will be broadcast on stretch internet. West Florida earned their first conference win last year, with an overtime win over West Georgia, and will look to get the first conference win at the wolves expense again this year. Print Friendly Version West Florida Men’s Basketball Falls Just Short to Alabama Huntsville 77-71last_img