BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Earlham College men’s basketball team dropped a narrow 81-78 decsion at Bluffton University on Wednesday night.
Play in the first half was tight as the lead changed hands numerous times. Bluffton held a narrow advantage at the intermission, 40-38. In the first period of play the Quakers shot 50% (16-32) from the field and held Bluffton to 39.5% (15-38) shooting.
The game was close all the way to the final buzzer as EC never trailed by more than seven. A layup by Blake Bonin with five seconds left drew Earlham within two points, 80-78, and the Quakers were forced to foul. Bluffton made one of two free throws and EC’s attempt to tie the game was unsuccessful.
Austin Doliboa led the way for EC with 23 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Doliboa went 10-14 from the field and grabbed six rebounds. Darrell Hutchison Jr. added 17 points and four boards. For the game Earlham shot 52.5% (32-61) from the field. Bluffton was led by Aaron Rich’s 16 points.
Earlham fell to 2-5, 0-2 HCAC. Bluffton moved to 2-4, 1-1 HCAC. The Quakers will be back in action on Saturday December 9 at Manchester. Tip is set for 4 p.m.
RICHMOND, Ind. — The Earlham College Quakers fell to visiting Bluffton University by a final score of 84-56 Wednesday night.
Earlham College placed two players in double figures on the night, sophomore Zoe Curtis finished with 12 points and three rebounds. She went 6-12 from the floor. Sophomore Shannon Pittman also added 12 points in the game on the strength of 4-6 shooting.
The Beaver’s were led by Kaycee Rowe’s and Macey Sheerer’s 15 points. Abigail O’Donnell added 10 points for BU.
The loss on Wednesday dropped Earlham to 1-5, 1-1 HCAC. The Beavers improved to 4-1, 1-0 HCAC. The Quakers will hit the road this coming weekend December 9 when EC travels to Manchester. Tipoff on December 9 is set for 2 p.m.
The Flyers (5-3) suffered their first loss at home this season while the Phoenix (7-1) continue their strong campaign.
6:32 in the second quarter – The Flyers had pulled within four at 22-18 at the 6:32 mark, but a run by the Phoenix pushed their advantage to double digits by the 4:09 mark.
1st Quarter: Dayton 12, Green Bay 16
- Green Bay struck first with a three at the 8:48 mark to open the game.
- Sophomore Jayla Scaife and senior Jenna Burdette hit a pair of buckets to keep the Flyers with the Phoenix at 5-5.
- At the media break, Dayton trailed just two at 12-10.
- The Flyers held the Phoenix in check to a 1-for-10 stretch and a 3:42 field goal drought.
- Green Bay didn’t commit its first foul until the :58 mark.
- Scaife scored 10 of Dayton’s 12 points.
2nd Quarter: Dayton 27, Green Bay 40
- The Phoenix extended their lead to eight at 20-12 in the first three minutes of the second quarter before a Burdette three ended the run.
- Junior Lauren Cannatelli hit a contested bucket and the free throw to pull the Flyers back within four, 22-18.
- Halfway through the quarter, Dayton was down 27-21.
- Jessica Lindstrom had 16 of Green Bay’s first 31 points. She tied a career-high with five three’s in the first half alone.
- In the first half, Dayton shot 33.3 percent while Green Bay shot 48.5 percent.
- The Flyers were outscored in the paint 22-4.
3rd Quarter: Dayton 38, Green Bay 56
- The second half started slow with neither team hitting a field goal until the 8:00 mark with a three by junior Tiaera Phillips.
- Green Bay didn’t make a field goal until 6:49 to go in the third.
- Cannatelli and Burdette joined Scaife as double digit scorers in the game.
- Dayton pulled back within 12 by the media break at 48-36.
- Green Bay went on an 8-0 run over the next 3:32 during a 5:17 drought for Dayton, pushing their lead to 20 at 56-36.
- Burdette’s 13 points led UD through three quarters.
4th Quarter: Dayton 64, Green Bay 75
- Dayton narrowed the margin to 14 to start the fourth, forcing a Green Bay timeout, as part of a 6-0 run.
- The Flyers kept the game around a 12-point margin for the next few minutes as they fought to get back within striking distance of the Phoenix.
- Dayton closed the gap even further to 10 at 65-55.
- In the end, the foul game was not enough to get the Flyers on top.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Dayton shot 37.3 percent from the field while Green Bay shot 49.1 percent from the floor.
- The Flyers had a 15-18 turnover advantage.
- Cannatelli led UD with 17 points and had five rebounds.
- Burdette had 16 points, Layfield had 12 points, and Scaife had 10 points.
- The Flyers hit nine threes in the contest.
- Cannatelli had a career-high eight assists.
- Dayton was outscored 22-4 in the paint in the first half.
- It was Dayton’s first loss at home since School Day last season on Dec. 9 against Toledo. It ended an 11-game home winning streak for the Flyers.
38 – The Flyers were outscored in the paint 38-10 on the night.
- The Flyers will take an 11-day break for finals and return to action on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at UD Arena against James Madison.