By Paige Carswell
For once, Justin Diggles, senior guard, just couldn’t come through for the men’s basketball team.
The men lost 74-71 Thursday evening against conference first-placed Friends University in Stewart Field House.
Down by two points with less than 20 seconds to go, Diggles found himself in familiar territory. The ball, and game, was in his hands. But, unlike previous games, luck just didn’t go his way. The ball was stolen from him and Nick Onello, freshman guard for the Falcons, was fouled with 1.4 seconds left. He hit the second of two free throws, and the Builders retained possession with one last chance.
Marcus Batiste, senior forward, put up a desperate three-point shot while being double-teamed, but it was a no go, and the buzzer sounded for the Builders second straight conference loss.
The men dropped to a 6-5 in the conference and are now tied for fourth place with Bethany College. They shot 31 for 60 from the field, and had only five free throw attempts for the entire game, compared to 19 for Friends.
The men were led by Batiste with 20 points and six rebounds. Diggles had 19 points.
Their next game is Saturday at Sterling College. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
Paige Carswell is a junior majoring in journalism. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.