On the heels of earning just the second top-25 NJCAA ranking in program history, the USC Salkehatchie men’s basketball team suffered a pair of tough defeats over the weekend.
The 22nd-ranked Indians dropped a heartbreaking 91-89 decision at No. 23 Georgia Highlands on Friday, then stumbled to a 95-85 loss at South Georgia Tech on Saturday.
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Salk led 43-41 at halftime Friday in Rome, Ga., but reserve Cahiem Brown led the Chargers back, scoring 15 of his 19 points after the break, and Langston Wilson and Jarrel Rosser each posted double-doubles for GHC.
DJ Sinkler scored 22 points, Trevur Smalls added 14 off the bench, DiShon Daniels had 12, and PJ Walker contributed 10 for the Indians. Salk shot 55 percent overall and 7-for-17 from 3-point range but was undone by 18 turnovers.
The Jets shot the Indians out of the gym on Saturday in Americus, Ga., hitting at a 51.6 percent clip overall including 11-of-21 from 3-point range to avenge an 83-62 loss to Salk just a week earlier. Marvin McGhee led the 3-point barrage, going 4-for-6 en route to 20 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists to lead SGT.
Cincere Scott also put up a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards, while Sinkler added 18 points, and Trevur Smalls had 12.
USC Salk (3-2) continues a five-game road trip at Tallahassee College on Feb. 15. The Indians don’t return home to Walterboro until Feb. 27 against Spartanburg Methodist.