Lions lose first home game of the 2019-2020 season


Gerard Borne

Freshman guard Byron Smith guards the Grambling State University point guard. Smith finished the game with eight points and two rebounds. With the loss the Lions fall to 1-2.

Southeastern fell 81-70 to Grambling State University Wednesday night in the University Center. 

The Lions dropped to 1-2 on the season with the loss, sophomore forward Ty Brewer led the Lions with 15 points. 

Head coach David Kiefer explained how easy shots changed the outcome of the game for Southeastern.

“We had a lot of easy shots that we missed tonight,” explained Kiefer. “We had three easy and uncontested shots that we missed back to back to back. You can’t win a basketball game missing easy and uncontested shots. We missed too many easy layups, the ball just did not bounce our way.”

The first-year head coach shared how he felt the defense performed in the loss against the Tigers. 

“We did well on defense stopping their starting point guard,” said Kiefer. “We did really good on our ball pressure and yes we did have some early mistakes. I feel like those 50-50 balls hurt us the worse we couldn’t win the important ones. We did not do our job because we let the ball go to the post way too much.”

Kiefer discussed how the poor performance at the free-throw line affected the game.

“We only hit 12 of our 20 free-throws,” said Kiefer. “We hit a couple more free throws than the game changes drastically and we have a shot towards the end of the game. You have to be able to hit free throws in order to win close games.”

The Lions will look to bounce back on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the University Center against the University of Mobile.