#14 Generals fall late at William Carey

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HATTIESBURG,MS-- After William Carey scored the game’s first two points, LSUA started to get hot from deep getting back-to-back threes from Joseph Feraci and Chris Vickers to take a 6-2 advantage. The Crusaders would tie the game back up at 6-6, but again it was the long ball that put the Generals back up as Brandon Moss dialed up long range to make it 9-6. After a Carey lay-up, Joseph Feraci hit another triple to make it 12-8 with 15:30 left in the first half, making LSUA four of four from deep in the opening minutes.

Following a Carey bucket to make it 12-10, the Generals went on an extended run to start building the big lead, started with 14:30 left in the half as Jordin Williams lifted it up and found Brandon Moss for a slam. That kicked off a 14-0 Generals spurt to get the lead into double digits for the first time as Donovan Thomas capped the run by hitting a pair of free throws to put LSUA up 26-10 with less than 12:00 left in the half.

The Crusaders would cut that deficit down to 11 points after a pair of Troy Salvant free throws with just over 7:00 remaining in the period. But from there, Evan Smith countered with a 8-0 run of his own as he made back-to-back threes, then drew a foul and hit two free throws to put LSUA up 37-18 with less than 6:00 left in the first half. William Carey would work that deficit down back to single digits quickly thereafter, using an 11-1 run capped by a Toy Salvant three-point play that made the score 38-29 with 2:45 left in the half. LSUA finished the period strong, scoring the next six to make it 44-29 off of a Jordin Williams free throw before the Crusaders got a lay-up just before the horn for a 44-31 LSUA lead at the break.

LSUA opened the second half on fire, scoring the period’s first six points to regain their largest lead of the game as Anthony Stove’s baseline jumper fell in for a 50-31 Generals lead. After a Carey bucket, Moss got the lead back to 19 again as he curled a shot home to make it 52-33 two minutes into the second period.

But then the Generals went ice cold from the field, allowing the Crusaders to go on a 13-0 run in only four minutes to climb back into the contest as Jaylen Moore completed a three point play to make it 52-46 with just less than 14:30 left. After trading scores, LSUA seemed to gain some semblance of control back in the game as Chris Vickers scored five straight points to push the lead back up to double digits with less than 13:00 left as his three made it 59-48 Generals.

However, the Crusaders kept pushing, tying the game at 64-64 thanks to a 16-5 run that Jaylen Moore capped with a pair of free throws with 4:30 to go. From there, neither team would lead by more than two points the rest of the game. Jordin Williams seemed to put the game in a good spot to go to an extra period as his free throws tied the game with 36 seconds left, but on the ensuing possession, Try Salvant got into the lane, turned and shot while fading away and hitting with just 2.7 left to end the LSUA hopes.

Evan Smith came off the bench to lead the Generals in scoring with 15 points on three of four from the field, including two threes and seven makes from the charity stripe. Brandon Moss also came off the bench to finish with 14 points along with two blocked shots. Jordin Williams finished with 13 points five assists, and seven rebounds. Chris Vickers notched another double-double with ten points and ten rebounds.

LSUA shot for a better percentage than William Carey (9-3), hitting on 47.7% compared to 39.1% for the Crusaders. The Generals started hot from deep, hitting six of 11 from beyond the three-point arc in the first half, but cooled down to finish eight of 23 from the land of plenty. Meanwhile, William Carey never found the range from long range, missing all of their 13 three-point attempts in the game. However, turnovers were the Generals undoing as Carey enjoyed a ten point advantage in points off turnovers that helped the Crusaders take 20 more overall shots in the game than LSUA took.

The Generals (10-4, 2-1 RRAC) get back into RRAC play on Friday, traveling to take on Wiley College Tip off against the Wildcats (7-5, 1-2 RRAC) is set for 7:30 P.M. at Wiley’s Alumni Gymnasium, and can be heard in central Louisiana on Magic 100.9 FM.