The Snow College men’s basketball team travelled to Florida before the Thanksgiving break to face two nationally ranked teams and got off to a rough start by falling to No. 19 ranked Florida Southwestern, 67-53.
The Badgers kept it close in the first half holding FSW to 29 percent shooting from the field. Unfortunately Snow College didn’t shoot much better and trailed by seven at the half. Wyatt Lowell had eight points in the first half to keep the Badgers within striking distance.
Snow College improved slightly in the second half, but FSW hit 51 percent of their shots in the second half to beat the Badgers.
Hagen Wright finished with 12 points and seven rebounds; Lowell had nine points and five rebounds.
The Snow College Badgers bounced back to knock off the No. 3 ranked team in the nation Eastern Florida in overtime, 80-79.
In a game that featured 17 ties and 20 lead changes, the Badgers never trailed by more than three points and never lead by more than eight points. Snow College led by one at the half and built the lead to eight before needing overtime to lock in the win.
Chase Potter had 27 points and Hagen Wright added 17 points and seven rebounds. Ben Tew scored all eight of his points in the first half coming off the bench to spark the Badgers. Wyatt Lowell had a key block in overtime to help preserve the Badger win.
Snow College then travelled to Twin Falls, Idaho over the Thanksgiving break and faced off with McCook Community College. The game was close for the first 10 minutes and featured five lead changes before the Badgers took control. Snow’s defense stepped up to make 17 stops on McCook’s final 18 possessions. The Badgers eventually won 100-60 to improve to 6-1 on the season.
The Badgers shot a blistering 62 percent from the field in the first half on their way to scoring 52 points. Snow College led by 28 at the half on their way to the 40-point win.
Wyatt Lowell finished with 23 points; Chase potter added 19; Hagen Wright pitched in 13 points and six rebounds; and Derek Marlowe scored 11 points. Hayden Franson came off the bench to add eight points and a game high seven rebounds.
On the second night of action in Twin Falls, the Badgers jumped out to an early 17-point lead over Northeastern Junior College and then held on for the 78-68 win in preparation for the beginning of conference play this week.
Chase Potter led the Badgers with 15 of his game high 25 points in the first half. Drake Allen had six assists, six rebounds and 22 points to spark Snow College. Hagen Wright added another 14 points and Wyatt Lowell finished with 10 points and a game high seven rebounds.
The Badgers head into conference play this week at home against Colorado Northwestern Community College on Thursday night.