[Men’s Basketball] Wildcats Drop Season Opener to Ottawa, 89-78

[Men’s Basketball] Wildcats Drop Season Opener to Ottawa, 89-78

Men’s Basketball – Wed, Oct. 30, 2019 at 9:55 PM

Ottawa University

Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker men’s basketball team began the 2019-20 season on Wednesday night with an 89-78 loss to Ottawa University, inside the Collins Center.

“That second half, the guys didn’t give up,” head coach Sean Dooley said. “I have said it all along, we have high character kids and they are going to fight and they are going to try hard. We just weren’t organized enough offensively and defensively. Our youth and inexperience really showed tonight.”

Xavier Elam led the team with 21 points on the night as he went 6-for-9 from the three-point line. Brett Elifritz added 12 points in the game, while also pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season.

The Braves had six different players score in double figures as Jackson Mallory led the way with 17 points. Early in the game, the Braves got things going as they forced the Wildcats to take their first timeout just under three minutes into the game.

With Ottawa leading, 27-18, the Braves then went on a strong 13-0 run over the next three and a half minutes to push their lead to 40-18 with 4:28 left in the first half. Both teams traded baskets for the rest of the half as the teams went to the locker room with Baker trailing, 48-27.

Just seven minutes into the second half, the Wildcats quickly cut the lead to 13 at 50-37. With 5:44 to play in the game, Baker trailed by 20 points, but the Wildcats would not go away as they battled back to cut the lead to eight with 1:48 left to play in the game.

Ottawa would sink the free throws they needed for the rest of the game as the Wildcats fell to Ottawa on Wednesday, 89-78.

The Wildcats begin the season with a record of 0-1. They will be back in action on Friday when they are back inside the Collins Center to take on Baptist Bible College at 6 p.m.

 

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Published at Thu, 31 Oct 2019 02:55:00 +0000

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