Phoenix men’s basketball falls to Tartans

 The Phoenix men’s basketball team was back in action at the MMI Tip-Off Classic against Carnegie Mellon University. Hood College hosted the game. The Phoenix (0-2, 0-0 CSAC) fell to the Tartans (1-1, 0-0 UAA) with a final score of 86-69.  

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How It Happened

Wilson scored the first basket of the game in the first 15 seconds of action. It came off a layup by junior Antonio Bussey (Aiken, S.C. ). The Phoenix and the Tartans were neck and neck for the start of the first half until Wilson reached a stalling point at 25. Carnegie Mellon found 15 points during this time bring the score to 40-25. 

Junior Daeshaun Johnson (Waldorf, MD, St. Charles HS) broke the Phoenix dry spell after being fouled on a fast break. He made both free throws to bring the score to 40-27. After a quick time out by the Phoenix, Wilson’s offense started to heat back up. The team cut the Tartans lead to two, bringing the score to 42-40, with 30 seconds remaining in the half. After two free throws for the Tartans, the score going into the half stood at 44-40. 

Wilson again made the first basket of the second half. It came off a layup by senior Adrian Thomas (Germantown, MD., Northwest HS). Turnovers plagued the Phoenix offense which the Tartans capitalized on to expand the gap to a final score of 86-69. 

Inside the Box Score 

The Tartans outshot the Phoenix 51.7% to 43.1% on the floor.  Wilson was more efficient in the paint and on fast breaks, scoring 34 points in the paint and eight off fast breaks. Bussey was the leading scorer for the Phoenix with 17 points.

Junior Darryl Garib (Dallas, TX., Forest Park) led the team in rebounds, finding the ball eight times off the board. He had three offensive and five defensive rebounds. Thomas and Johnson led the team in assists with three each. 

Up Next

The Phoenix men’s basketball is on the road Nov. 16 at Eastern Mennonite University with a tip-off at 7 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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