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IUPUI Jaguars Suffer 74-61 Defeat to Winthrop Eagles at Rock Hill Classic


ROCK HILL, S.C.: Jaguars Fell Short to Winthrop At Rock Hill Classic

It was a night of anticipation at the Rock Hill Sports & Event Center as the IUPUI Jaguars went head-to-head against the Winthrop Eagles in an electrifying game of basketball. Despite an eager performance, the Jaguars ended up tripping on a rocky road at the Rock Hill Classic, falling to a 74-61 loss to the Winthrop Eagles.

Night Two of the Rock Hill Classic

This defeat at the hands of the Eagles came on the second night of the Rock Hill Classic, a thrilling event that saw the Jaguars struggle on the court with a shooting percentage of just 40 percent. From three-point range, they hit only 3-of-17 opportunities, translating to a poor 17.6 percent hitting accuracy. The Jaguars were also outscored by 23-12 at the free-throw line.

Notable Players for the Jaguars

In spite of the defeat, there were some remarkable individual performances for the Jaguars. Junior Kidtrell Blocker stood out with a season-high score of 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Another player worth mentioning is junior Jlynn Counter, who just missed on a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Bryce Monroe also finished with double digits scoring 11 points for the Jaguars.

Winthrop Eagles Soar High

On the Eagles side, their performance was highlighted by Kelton Talford, who led the scorecard with 17 points aiding the Eagles to improve their standing to 2-0 in the Rock Hill Classic. On the court, they had a significant efficacy advantage, with a 48.9 percent field-goal percentage against the Jaguars’ 39.7 percent, and hitting just three assists on their 23 field goals. This second victory for the Eagles in the Rock Hill Classic came after they had also rolled past Holy Cross on the first night.

Game Statistics

The game statistics were clearly imbalanced in favor of the Eagles as they cashed in with 23 successful free throws against Jaguars’ 12, even though the Jaguars had a commendable 92.3 percent accuracy. Even though IUPUI outscored Winthrop 32-28 in the interior paint, it was not sufficient as no points came from their four-man frontline rotation.

What’s Next for the Jaguars?

After a somewhat disappointing performance at the Rock Hill Classic, the Jaguars will hope to bounce back when they face off against Holy Cross on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at noon. With the eagerness they have shown in this event, it will come as no surprise if they manage to come back stronger than ever, ensuring a riveting match for the viewers.

HERE Rock Hill
Author: HERE Rock Hill

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