By Chris Schmidbauer, Sports Information Director
Toledo, OH-- For the second night in a row, the Owens Express Men's Basketball program fell in a deep hole early in the ball game. The visiting Commodores of Lorain Community College shot lights out in the first half, outscoring the Express 62-29 at the intermission. Lorain was able to shoot 65% from the field in the first half to build their commanding lead.
The second half was much different. The Express came out with some passion, using full court pressure, to create turnovers that were converted into easy baskets. Owens shot nearly 60% in the second half to trim the deficit to single digits late in the second half. With 3:02 play, the Express trailed 90-82 after trailing by more than thirty at the break. The Express used the three ball to claw their way back too, shooting 7-12 in the second half.
Unfortunately the comeback bid would fall short, as the Express were outscored 15-11 over the final three minutes to fall just short. The final score would be 105-93 in favor of the visiting Commodores.
For the second night in a row, Gabe Simpson flexed his offensive muscles. The freshman, out of Warren, OH, scored 37 points on the night, going 13-21 from the field and shooting 8-12 at the charity stripe. Simpson would also finish with four rebounds and two steals. Freshman, DJ Tyree scored 19 points as well. Tyree was 6-10 from the floor and 5-8 from the free throw line before fouling out. The Express's leading rebounder was freshman Rylan Davis, who finished with 11 boards on the night.
Daniel Swain was the leading scorer for the Commodores. He finished with 17 points, shooting 7-13 from the floor. Lorain had four other players score in double figures. Jatee Dudley (15 pts.), Zach Swain (12 pts.), Justis Craig (11 pts.), and Kevin Kelley (11 pts.) all reached the double digit threshold for points,
The Express dropped their second straight game at home and our now 2-2 overall and 0-1 in OCCAC play. They still have four of their next five games at the SHAC with one lone road game at Cuyahoga Community College on November 29.