Olivia Lee, Staff Writer
The Wingate University Bulldogs (11-10, 8-5 SAC) put up a strong fight and won a hard fought game against the Catawba College Indians (6-13, 3-11 SAC) Wednesday night in Cuddy Arena and Thomas Koontz Family Court by a final score of 84-80.
The Bulldogs started the game off strong with a dunk by Neico Robinson (Easley, S.C.) in the first minute of play. Wingate trailed Catawba for most of the first half, falling 10 points behind at halftime 38-28 after a three-point shot by Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C.) from Catawba with only seconds left on the clock.
During the second half, the Bulldogs came back fighting to tie the score at 54 with around 10 minutes left in the game. Junior guard Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C.) lead the Bulldogs with 19 points total while senior guard Zeriq Lolar (Orlando, Fl) scored 14 of his 19 points during the second half, with five-of-seven shots from three-point range.
Bulldogs’ Head Coach Brian Good said he felt as if, “It was a completely different half, the second and the first… our energy level went way up on both ends… I was proud of the way they came back and started really competing.” “Devarious Christian made a real difference in the two haves and our best leadership usually comes by example, not by words.”
While Coach Good said, “He felt he couldn’t get a good pulse on the team at halftime”, senior guard Zeriq Lolar said, “When I came out in the second half I just wanted to play with high energy and I knew my teammates would do the same. We have fought through adversity before so I knew we could do it again.”
The Bulldogs will be back on the court Saturday in Tusculum (5-15, 3-10 SAC) for a 4 p.m. game. Wingate is home for two games next week, playing second-ranked Queens (21-1, 13-1 SAC) on Wednesday and top-ranked Lincoln Memorial (20-1, 14-0 SAC) next Saturday.
Edited by Brendan Shriver