Roadrunners Fall in Season Opener
The Roadrunners saw a 13-point, second-half lead disappear in their season opener Nov. 4 against Southeastern Illinois College from Harrisburg, Ill. SFCC lost 74-72 in the opening round of the McDonald’s Classic in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
The Roadrunners made 14 of 21 free-throw attempts in the first half and built a 37-31 lead at halftime. Southeastern Illinois turned up the defensive pressure to take the lead late in the second half.
The Roadrunners trailed 72-69 when sophomore guard Alfonzo Houston was fouled while attempting a three-point shot. Houston stepped up to the free-throw line and knocked down all three free-throw attempts to tie the game at 72.
Southeastern Illinois inbounded the ball with 4.6 seconds remaining on the clock. They went the length of the floor, got an offensive rebound and tipped the ball in as time expired to win the game.
“We didn’t execute down the stretch,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “Our players were taking bad shots, and they were not where they were supposed to be in our press offense. We got exactly what we deserved.”
Houston led four Roadrunners in double figures with 23 points. Freshman guard Kenny Chery contributed 18 points. Freshman forward Ayo Ojo added 11 points and a team-leading three blocked shots. Sophomore guard Fred Wilson chipped in with 10 points. Freshman wing Lucas Kidane led the team in rebounds with eight.
SFCC Athletics Department