By Lianna Hubbard
FSW men’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker to the Snow College Badgers tonight at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena, giving up a layup with 1.3 seconds on the clock.
“Defense didn’t show up tonight,” said Head Coach Eric Murphy after the game. “Our defense was terrible in the second half. That’s uncharacteristic of us.”
The Bucs lost 79-81. They had a 12-point lead at halftime, but the Badgers came back with a vengeance, pushing the game into overtime with a 70-70 tie.
“I didn’t get them prepped for the second half,” said Murphy. “That’s my fault. I have to do a better job of making sure the guys are locked in.”
The loss ended the Bucs 48-game winning streak at home, according to Roy Allen, FSW sports information director. It also marked their first loss of the season, making the Bucs 7-1.
The Badger’s win makes them 4-4.
“I knew it was going to be a tough game. They’re well coached,” said Murphy.
The Badgers shot 60% from the floor in the second half. The Bucs, usually a defense-minded team, couldn’t protect the rim. The Badgers shot 78% on two-pointers.
The Bucs made 9 of 10 free throws in the first half, but plummeted to 6 of 14 in the second.
“We’ve just got to learn from this game,” said Murphy.
In overtime, the Bucs slipped behind by four points with 38 seconds left. Their pressing defense led to a steal and two 2-point baskets including a surprise dunk by Keon Ellis.
But on the Badgers’ last possession, point guard Taylor Miller knifed through the Bucs defense and made a layup with 1.3 seconds left.
“One thing I understand about the team is: we have laws,” said Murphy. “And we lose focus at times; you saw that today.”