ANKENY, Iowa—A strong second half wasn't enough for Faith to overcome a 20-point halftime deficit as the Eagles dropped their second consecutive game Friday night in a 91-84 loss to Providence in the first round of the Faith Classic.
Faith was ice-cold in the first half, while Providence seemingly couldn't miss. The Eagles shot just 23.3% from the field, while the Pilots shot an even 50%, including 7-of-16 from three-point distance as they built a 20-point lead going into halftime.
Providence held a 27-point lead (68-41) with 11:47 remaining in the game when Faith came to life offensively. The Eagles gradually chipped away, cutting the lead to six with a 1:30 to play. Providence sealed the victory at the free-throw line in the final minute.
The Eagles (2-2) conclude the Faith Classic on Saturday with a game against Trinity Bible College (2-4) at 4:00 p.m.