The Magicians and the Bulldogs previously met, Nov. 11, in the Conference Challenge, hosted by LOC, in which the Magicians came up short in a 66-58 scrap. Looking to return the favor and steal one on the road, the Magicians made sure to bring their A-game.
In a back-and-forth battle, both the Magicians and the Bulldogs wouldn’t let up, trading basket for basket in the first half. LOC made a 13-0 run late in the first, to go up 28-23, before Union had a run of their own (6-0) to lead 46-43 at intermission.
LeMoyne-Owen senior, Reshun Ellis had the hot hand for the Magicians posting a game-high 30 points, and sinking seven triples beyond the arc. With a win in sight, the Magicians looked to extend their 82-74 lead, as time began to wind down. But Union’s Nick Velasquez, had other plans; draining a three-ball (with :14 secs. left) to pull the Bulldogs to within one, 84-83. The Magicians were able to secure the ‘W’ in the final minutes, cashing out at the charity stripe as they shot 95% from the FT line on the evening. An LOC victory, 88-84.
Union was led by Tevin Florent with 15 points, 10 rebounds and one block. Velasquez, Todd Barnes and Tyree Boykin all contributed 13 points for Union, as they moved to 3-1 on the season.
The Magicians converted 19 points off of Union’s turnovers, and had four players in double figures. Ellis finished with 30 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Jalen Myrie also added 16 points and two rebounds, including a pair of game winning FT in the final seconds. Magicians improve to 2-2 overall, and return home to host Clayton State, Monday. Box scores.