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Lady Tigers unable to hold lead against Gold Nuggets

Jacksonville, Florida-A third consecutive trip to the GCAC Championship Game was not in the cards for Edward Waters as their season ended prematurely with an Opening Round home loss to #5 seed Xavier, 64-62 in the GCAC Basketball Championships, Wednesday evening at the Adams-Jenkins Complex.

For a team in Edward Waters that prided itself on winning the turnover battle, it was the Lady Tigers that had problems hanging on to the basketball as Xavier forced 20 Lady Tiger turnovers and scored 28 points off of them. The Gold Nuggets reserves also dominated in the game, scoring 30 points off of the bench as well.

Edward Waters led by as much as 11 points at the 3:03 mark of the third quarter, but Xavier was not to be denied as they went on a 23-9 run over the next seven minutes of play to take a 58-56 lead with 6:21 remaining in the fourth. The Gold Nuggets would not look back from there as they were able to hold on to take a two point victory over EWC and advance to face #1 Talladega in the semifinal round on Saturday afternoon in New Orleans.

La’Quanza Glover notched her 20th double-double on the season to lead EWC with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sha’Kawanza Brown finished with 14 points, Le’Terra Ransom had 12, and in her final collegiate performance in her career, senior Mia Leite had 11 points for the Lady Tigers.

Xavier had three players in double figures led by Shaelynn Moore and Kyla Duncan with 15 points apiece, and Abryhia Irons with 12 points.

Edward Waters closes the 2019-20 season with a 19-11 record and 6-8 in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference play.

Men’s comeback falls short vs Dillard

A Herculean comeback attempt for #4 Edward Waters came up three points short as the Tigers fell 76-73 to #5 seed Dillard in the quarterfinal round of the GCAC Basketball Championships, Wednesday night at the Adams-Jenkins Complex.

The Tigers had an abysmal start to the contest quickly falling behind 10-0 in the first 2:00 of the contest. The Dillard first half onslaught continued as they grew their lead to as much as 27 points at the 11:21 mark of the first half. Edward Waters was able to chop the lead down to 12 points at halftime, trailing 47-35.

Edward Waters showed incredible resolve in the second half, going on an 18-5 scoring run to take their first lead in the ballgame at 53-52 with 15:58 remaining in the ballgame. The Tigers led by as much as seven points midway through the second half, before Dillard went on a run of their own to retake the lead at 71-70 with 2:06 remaining. A Rasaad Morgan bucket at the 1:29 mark of the second half gave the Tigers a 72-71 lead, but the proverbial nail in the coffin for EWC was a three-pointer from GCAC Co-Player of the Year Malik Amos to give the Bleu Devils a 74-72 lead and were able to close things out from there.

For the game, the Purple & Orange shot 41% and 36% from three-point range.

Maurice Johnson led a trio of Tigers in double-figures, notching a double-double with 20 points and 13 boards. Anthony Young had finished with 13 points, and senior forward Rasaad Morgan wrapped up his collegiate career with 10 points and nine boards.

Amos led all scorers with 23 points for the Bleu Devils, followed by Tyrell Alcorn with 20 points, and Jamerson Roberts with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Edward Waters concludes the 2019-20 campaign with a 13-14 overall record and 7-7 in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference action.

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Game Broadcast via Black College Sports Network

EWC vs Xavier (1st Half)

EWC vs Xavier (2nd Half)

EWC vs Dillard (1st Half)

EWC vs Dillard (2nd Half)