William Carey survives horrid start, races past Faulkner
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - William Carey went almost 10 minutes in the first half without a point, but recovered in the second half to race away from Faulkner 69-60 here Thursday night in a Southern States Athletic Conference West Division matchup in Clinton Gymnasium.
The Crusaders (14-10, 5-3 SSAC West) fell behind 18-3 at the outset, yet the Eagles (7-17, 2-5 SSAC West) couldn't supply the knockout punch. William Carey slowly clawed back in it behind senior guard Drew Meyerchick, and trailed by only four at the break. The second half stayed close until an eight-point run gave the Crusaders a 63-54 advantage with 3:42 to play, and the Eagles never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Meyerchick's 25 points led all scorers, with Marcus Spann adding 15 and Kevin Branch 12 for William Carey. Chris Palmore led Faulkner with 16 points, but fouled out with five minutes left.
"We have such a small margin of error, and we just can't go three and four possessions in a row without getting a shot, and that happened too many times tonight," Faulkner head coach Jim Sanderson said. "But we're gonna keep our heads up and keep fighting. I can guarantee you that."
After Meyerchick canned a 3-pointer in the opening half minute the Crusaders went ice cold, missing their next eight shots and going the next 9:42 without a point. Faulkner built a 15-point lead in that stretch, but Meyerchick caught fire over a three-minute span, scoring 10 points in a 15-2 run that brought the Crusaders back to within two. The Eagles led 26-22 at the break.