MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Southern Wesleyan men’s basketball stay in the 2014 SSAC Tournament was short lived, falling to Belhaven 74-57 last Thursday in the quarterfinals.
The Warriors entered the tournament as the three seed from the East while Belhaven came in as the two seed out of the West. Belhaven advances to play Emmanuel in the semifinals.
SWU never led in the second half, falling behind by as much as 17 in the period but the Warriors made a big comeback to close to within six before running out of time. The Warriors outscored the Blazers 12-2 in the final 2:26 but were unable to overcome the large deficit.
The Warriors withstood the first run by the Blazers in the second half, cutting a 12-point BU lead at 12:30 down to five at 56-51 with 9:51 to play. A 16-4 run from there gave Belhaven a 17-point lead for the first time and they were able to hold off the final charge from the Warriors.
The game went back and forth in the first 20 minutes as the lead changed hands 10 times and there were four ties. The Warriors led by as much as six midway through the half. SWU led with 1:46 to play in the half but a 9-2 run to close the half put the Blazers up, 37-31 at the break.
Cameron Solomon poured in a game-high 29 points on 9 of 17 shooting. He made 10 of 16 from the free throw line but the Warriors shot just 58 percent from the charity stripe in the game. SWU made 46 percent from the floor overall and 7 of 19 from the three point line. Kenny Holmes knocked down 4 of 8 from beyond the arc and finished with 16 points. Mike Lieberman chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
The Warriors struggled again against the Belhaven defense, turning the ball over 20 times after turning it over 17 times in the first meeting this year. Belhaven turned those 20 turnovers into 18 points off of turnovers and 14 fast break points.
SWU will host the 2014 NCCAA South Region Tournament beginning this week at Tysinger Gymnasium. Details will be released as they become finalized.