Marquel Perry led the team with 15 points and Chandler Rivers scored 14 as the Eagles played host to South Region opponent Bob Jones University. It was an intense, physical, and emotional battle, but the BJU Bruins came away with the win 94-57.
Perry connected on 6 of 7 free throws as part of his team-high 15 points, which he spread evenly between the two halves. He was 4 for 5 from the field, including a long-range three-pointer. Rivers scored seven in each half, including three field goals and a free throw each time. He was 6 for 14 from the field, and he and Perry both pulled in four rebounds.
Andrew Bowman and Marcus Dixon also helped lead the Eagles with four rebounds apiece, and Dixon contributed nine points on the night. Zack Norris and Jykayle Walker had five points each while Marquis Duncanson and Ethan Payne added four individually. Kaleb Botts hit a free throw.
Six Bruins reached double digits in scoring, led by Dustin Killough and his 19 points. Nate Ellenwood followed with 18, Justin Matthews had 17, Luc Muhirwa scored 13, and both Jayson Barnhart and Quez Fisher put up a dozen. BJU shot 57% from the field and 70% from the line.
On Saturday, the Eagles will host the Mingoes from the University of the Bahamas with a scheduled tip-off time of 4:00 p.m. EST. Bahamas edged out Johnson University of Florida 71-70 Friday night on the strength of 33 points from Kemsey Sylvestre.
The Eagles will then travel to Mobile, Alabama, on Tuesday to face their fourth NCAA Division 1 opponent in the University of South Alabama Jaguars. Four road games will follow, beginning with the Johnson Classic in Kissimmee on January 12 and 13.
The next home games are against Johnson University of Florida and Piedmont International University on January 23 and 27, respectively.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC