Men’s basketball struggles on toughest road trip of season

By Steve DeMilio staff writer

The Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (6-6) fell to the Oklahoma Sooners(4-5) last night to continue their most trying road swing of the young season. The Bulldogs kicked off their road trip on Tuesday with a contest at Elon in which the ‘Dogs put on their best shooting performance of the season but were still bested by the Phoenix.

“Our goal is to perform at our standard no matter what,” said head coach Chris Holtmann. “We have brought a competitive spirit to all of our games and given extremely encouraging effort, I am very pleased with that.”

The Bulldogs took off for Norman, Ok. shortly after the contest against Elon and had a day to rest before their tilt against the Sooners.  The Bulldogs had one day in Oklahoma to prepare for the first of two major-conference squads on the scheduled for this trip. The Runnin’ Bulldogs got behind early but caught fire briefly in the second half behind Luke Engelken, Luke Davis, and Brian McNair. They were able to cut the deficit to four but could not get any closer once the Sooners got in their groove.

Coach Holtmann will take his squad to Phoenix, Az. this weekend for a Saturday afternoon game against Arizona State. Then the team will return to Boiling Springs for a grueling week of finals.

“This is going to be a tough trip on our guys and really test us, but our main focus is that everyone stays up with their classes and performs well in the classroom,” said Holtmann.

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