Hornets second half comeback attempt falls short in White Auditorium

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February 23, 2019- Emporia State Men’s Basketball fell 91-82 to Missouri Southern on senior day in White Auditorium. The Hornets honored seven players who played in their final home game in White Auditorium.

After a scoreless first 1:30, the two teams exchanged three pointers to be tied 3-3 at the 18:07 mark. The Hornets took their only lead of the game after another 2:31 scoring drought that was broken by a Kam Rowan layup with 15:36 on the clock. The under 15 minute media timeout didn’t come until 13:14 left in the half as the Hornets trailed 10-8 to the Lions.

Hassan Thomas knocked down a free throw with 9:12 left in the half to bring the Hornets within 18-14 before the Lions used an 8-2 run to take their first double digit lead of the game with 7:13 on the clock. After the Lions pushed their lead to 34-19, the Hornets closed within single digits at 36-27 with 3:06 left in the half when Kooper Glick completed an old fashioned three point play. The Lions used a 7-0 run to take their largest lead of the first half at 43-27 before the Hornets got the final bucket of the half to trail 45-32 at the break.

Rowan knocked down a pair of free throws with 17:28 left in the game to bring the Hornets within 47-36 before a 10-0 run from the Lions pushed to the Hornets largest deficit of the game at the 15:42 mark. After the first media timeout of the second half, Danny Hodge knocked down a three from the corner to get the Hornets started in the half.

After trailing 71-51 with 10:45 left in the game, the Hornets closed the gap with a 7-0 mini run capped by a deep three point shot from Julius Jackson with 9:14 on the clock. Sawyer Glick brought the Hornets back within single digits for the first time in the second half when he hit a three pointer on a fast break with 6:01 remaining.

Thomas sank a three to pull the Hornets within six at 77-71 with 4:40 on the clock, but the Lions would push their lead back to double digits at 84-73 with 2:21 left. The Hornets continued to fight and would trail 87-78 in the final minute before the Lions pushed their lead back to 12 with 49 seconds left. Trailing 91-80, Jack Dale knocked down a pair of free throws for the final two points in the game as the Hornets fell 91-82.

The Hornets shot 38.5% from the field, 44.4% from beyond the three point line in the game. Hassan Thomas led the Hornets with 17 points included 3-3 from the three point line, joined in double figures by Kooper Glick with 16 and Julius Jackson with 10. Jackson also led the Hornets with Aaron McGee as they pulled in six rebounds each. 

The Horents are back in action on Thursday, Feb. 28 as they travel to Tahlequah, Okla. to take on Northeastern State. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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