Fire Burns Lawrence, 73-57
December 7, 2011
Hot Second Half Helps SEU Secure First Home Victory on the Year
LAKELAND, Fla.--Southeastern University defeated NCAA D-III Lawrence University, 73-57, Wednesday night behind a red hot second half where the Fire shot 63% from the field. The Fire used their hot shooting to outscore the Vikings, 47-32, in the second half and improve to 2-6 overall on the year.
The first half saw both teams shooting poorly from outside, combining for 6-of-24 from beyond the three-point line. The two schools also combined to make 17 turnovers, but Southeastern managed to take a 26-25 lead into the locker room at the half.
In the second half, Southeastern went 21-of-33 from the field, and dished out 12 team assists. Ciara Carter shot 5-of-6 from the field, for 10 second half points to help pace the Fire offense. Carter ended the game with 14 points and five assists.
The Southeastern defense held Lawrence to just 12 points over the first 10 minutes of the second half, and built a 49-37 lead on a three-pointer made by Wilson.
Head Coach Drew Watson used his depth to wear the Vikings down, using multiple five man units in the second half, as 10 different Southeastern players scored in the game.
Carter pushed the Fire's lead to 14 points (51-37) before the Vikings went on a run to get the score back under 10 points (53-44) with 7:10 remaining in regulation. The Fire then went on a 14-4 run to extend their lead to 19 points (67-48), with 3:07 left to play, and put the Vikings away for good.
Senior, Tori Robison, hit a pair of three-pointers in the first half to finish with six points and two blocks.
The Southeastern defense forced 23 turnovers, and held Lawrence to just 32% shooting for the contest. Lawrence falls to 0-6 on the season.
Southeastern will next travel to take on Clearwater Christian, Friday night, at 7:00 p.m. SEU's next home game will be December 16th, when the Fire hosts Martin Methodist.