Monday, December 1, 2014

Kentucky Wesleyan Comes Up Short to Truman State in KWC Holiday Tournament Championship

Truman State 70
Kentucky Wesleyan 65

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

The Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team continued to struggle with its defense as the Panthers fell 70-65 to Truman State in the KWC Holiday Tournament title game on Saturday at the Sportscenter.

KWC (4-3) shot 51 percent from the floor but allowed the Bulldogs (3-2) to shoot near 53 percent from the field -- including 60 percent during the first half.

Seth Jackson led Truman State with a season-high 29 points on six-of-seven shooting. He also shot one-for-one from long range and 16-of-18 from the free throw line. Reed Mells and Kyle Kanaskie added 11 points each.

""It just astonishes me that the guys that have been here and guys that have talent can come out here and be inconsistent," second-year KWC coach Happy Osborne said of his squad's effort. "You've got to be ready to play. Defensively, we were awful in the first half."

Though the Panthers finished with a 30-18 rebounding advantage for the game, they gave up six more turnovers (13-7) than the Bulldogs. Truman State was also the aggressor for most of the contest, shooting 24-of-32 from the charity stripe while KWC was just nine-of-14.

It's just disappointing," Osborne continued. "You go outrebound somebody by 12, they shoot 18 more free throws than we do at home. We didn't move our feet. This is a team that's got to crowd. This was a tremendous opportunity for us."

The Panthers were led by Ken-Jah Bosley's 24 points on nine-of-16 shooting. Marcus Fillyaw and Patrick Neel chippede in 11 points apiece.

"We've got guys that give tremendous effort," Osborne said. "It's got to be about us all the time. Part of that is what you learn along the way. I's a disappointing kiss to a good team. They were picked second in the GLVC, but it's a team that I think we can beat. Of course I think we should win them all."

Complete Recap

All- KWC Holiday Tournament All-Team

Most Outstanding Player--Seth Jackson, Truman State
Ryan Sabin, Grand Valley State
Ifeanyichukwu Ude, KWC
Ken-Jah Bosley, KWC
Reed Mells, Truman State
Kyle Kanaskie, Truman State

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