Cold Shooting Costs Bucs Game at Snow

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EPHRAIM, UTAH- The #2 Florida SouthWestern State Buccaneers suffered their second straight loss Saturday night on the road in Ephraim, Utah, shooting just 19% on 21 three point attempts and turning the ball over 22 times in a 72-66 loss to the #19 Snow Badgers to fall to 1-2 on the early season.  
The Bucs started well, scoring the game's first five points to grab an early lead and pushed their advantage to as many as eight early on at 12-4 after a three point play from Omar Rowe.  FSW stayed in front until the midway point of the half when a quick 5-0 burst from the Badgers gave Snow their first lead of the game at 20-19 with 8:38 to go in the period.  The teams went back and forth until the closing moments of the half when another run from the Badgers put Snow in front 37-29 with 2:07 to go.  The Bucs kept Snow scoreless over the final two minutes of the half, but managed only one basket to make it a 37-32 game in favor of the Badgers after 20 minutes of action. 
A big dunk from Tyson Brown early in the second kept the Bucs within five early in the second, but FSW missed their next eight shots and went scoreless for a full three minute stretch after that as Snow stretched their lead to nine at 43-34 with 15:24 to go in the contest.  Snow was content to sit back in a zone against the Bucs and the Bucs were content to settle for shots from the outside, unfortunately for the Purple and Aqua, the shots weren't falling and the Badgers took advantage by stretching their lead to 15 at 60-45 with 9:07 to go.  Every time the Bucs made a push to get back into it late, the Badgers had an answer, as they kept FSW at bay, leading it 70-53 with just over two minutes remaining. With the game in hand, the Bucs made the final score look more respectable in the final two minutes, but it was too little too late as Snow finished it off 72-66 to hand FSW their second straight defeat. 
The Bucs shot 58% inside the arc, but just 19% from beyond, finishing the night shooting 44% overall. They struggled from the free throw line, leaving nine points at the stripe, going just 8-17 for 47%.  
Bradley Douglas and Dezdrick Lindsay both scored in double figures off the FSW bench with 11 and 10 respectively while Allen Udemadu was a perfect 4-4 with an early career high 8 points. 
The Bucs drop to 1-2 with the second straight loss while Snow stays unbeaten at 5-0.  
FSW will have a day off to regroup before taking the floor once again on Monday against #4 Salt Lake.