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Rough First Half Kills Fire

SEU Falls to West Florida, 90-78

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PENSACOLA, Fla.—Southeastern University lost to the University of West Florida, Monday night, after suffering from a tough first half. Despite a valid battle in the second half, the Fire was lost, 90-78, as West Florida's Marquis Mathis led all scorers with 24 points.

Turnovers and hot shooting by the Argos were major factors to the Fire’s first half struggles. SEU committed 15 turnovers in the first half, as the Argos shot 54% from the floor. West Florida also went 12-of-13 from the free throw line to build a 50-29 halftime lead.

Trailing by as many as 26 points in the second half, the Fire rallied to cut the Argos' lead to just seven points (70-63) with 8:37 to play in regulation. 

But a late 13-5 run sparked by the Argos' Jamar Moore sealed the victory. Moore finished the game with 19 points, with four rebounds and four assists.

The Argos finished with a major advantage with 47 points scored from their bench, compared to 33 bench points by the Fire.

SEU's Chris Carlyle scored 11 second half points, with three three-point field goals to help lead the Fire's comeback, ending his night with 14 points. Dwayne Johnson led SEU with 15 points to go with five rebounds.  

Tim Jickell scored 10 points while grabbing six rebounds.

Southeastern has now lost three straight games and moves to 5-4 overall. SEU will finish their three game road trip with Pensacola Christian College, Tuesday evening, at 7:30 p.m.

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