The University of West Alabama men’s basketball team had its two-game win streak snapped with a 74-59 setback to Henderson State on Saturday afternoon on the UWA campus.
The Tigers came into the game having wins against Southeastern Bible and Clark Atlanta before the Christmas holiday, but cold shooting by the Red and White played a large factor in the loss. UWA finished the game shooting just 36 percent from the field along with 23 turnovers. The Reddies, who picked up their second win of the season, turned in a 50 percent shooting performance in the 15-point win. UWA held its largest lead of six at 11-5 early in the first half. HSU took its first lead of the game at the 11:46 mark and never trailed the rest of the game. The Tigers evened the score at 21 apiece with just 5:07 left in the opening frame. The Reddies carried a 30-23 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, HSU built out its lead to double figures four minutes into the final period and extended the lead out to a game-high 17-points. The Tigers trimmed the deficit down to nine after going on an 8-0 run with 4:18 remaining.
Senior guard Layton Knight led the Tiger charge, scoring 15 points off the bench, connecting on 7-of-9 from the field. Senior Chris Malone turned in a 14-point performance. Kevin Johnson added 10 points along with a team-high five rebounds. HSU’s Antoine Jones led all scorers with 22 points in the affair. Jones was one of four Reddie players to post double figure scoring. Lucas Whisenhunt turned in 15 points while Daniel Hurst and Jerome Wilson each added 11 points apiece.
UWA will host Arkansas at Monticello on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. The Tigers dropped the first match up between the two squads earlier in the season in Monticello.