The Eagles made the long weekend trip to Kansas for back-to-back day games with Barclay College and Manhattan Christian College. After a rough loss Friday night against the Barclay Bears, the Eagles played a tight game with the Thunder of MCC on Saturday but ultimately suffered the defeat.
Barclay led Faith 13-10 five minutes into play before extending their lead off a 14-2 run. After Barclay applied their full court pressure, the Eagles repeated attempts to dribble through the press only resulted in turnovers and offensive conversions for the Bears. The Eagles dug themselves into a big hole the first half, trailing 66-28 at halftime. Faith cut down on their turnovers in the second half, but the quickness and defense hindered the Eagles from making any sort of comeback. Barclay cruised to a 95-60 conference victory. Sam Pedersen scored 18 points for the Eagles, leading their offensive charge.
On Saturday, Faith traveled over to Manhattan, KS for their first matchup of the year with the Thunder. The game was neck-and-neck all through the first half. Faith led by six midway through, before MCC strung together a 17-3 run late in the half to go up 32-24. The Eagles cut the deficit to three to enter the half down 37-34. It didn't take long for Faith to respond coming out of the break. The Eagles recaptured the lead, 40-38, three minutes in. Their lead wouldn't last long though, as Manhattan quickly got back in front and never looked back. Faith got to within five, but with just a minute left, they ran out of time before they could close the gap. Manhattan held on to win by a final score of 78-71. Faith had three players finish in double figures: Sam Pedersen with 21, Joey Young with 22, and Tanner Van Beek with 18.
The Eagles continue conference play Tuesday night in Dubuque, IA, where they will take on Emmaus Bible College at 8:30 PM.