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.
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Megan Beachy
put up 18 first-half points to help boost Urbana women’s basketball past Charleston, 73-57, inside the Wehrle Innovation Center on Wednesday night.
Urbana, which picked up its first road win under head coach Andrea McCloskey, improved to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in league play. Charleston suffered its first league loss of the season, falling to 5-3 (4-1 MEC) overall.
UU led wire-to-wire thanks to Beachy’s hot start. The junior guard caught fire by scoring 14 of the team’s first 20 points of the game, which included 4-of-4 shooting from three-point range, and the Blue Knights led 22-13 after one quarter. That tied the season’s highest scoring output in the first quarter for the Blue Knights, who only averaged 12 points in the first period entering the night.
The Blue Knights started 6 of 8 from beyond the arc as Weston Minnich‘s second 3-pointer gave the Blue Knights a 28-17 lead in the second quarter. UU then stayed out in front, building a 10-point margin at the break with a 38-28 lead.
UU remains undefeated this season (3-0) when leading at halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, UU kept the foot on the pedal as Jazmyn Haley‘s layup gave the Blue and Grey a 48-34 lead. However, UC worked its way back to make it a two possession game with a 10-2 run. A Golden Eagle 3-pointer with just under three minutes left in the third made the score 50-44.
UU quickly stopped the threat, though, as Stefanie Davis capped a three-point play to put UU back ahead by 10. Eventually, the Blue Knights stole back the momentum and led 57-46 entering the final stanza.
Both teams struggled at the start of the fourth with only one field goal made by each team in the opening five minutes. UC cut the deficit to nine, 59-50, on a pair of free throws but a Sylvia Hudson jumper ended a four-minute scoring drought to put UU back up by double digits with 4:41 remaining, 61-50. The Blue Knight lead swelled to as much as 18 in the final minutes.
The Blue Knight defense allowed the fewest points of the season in the triumph and limited the Golden Eagles to only seven assists on a dismal 32-percent shooting.
Despite attempting a season-low 14 three’s, UU kept its high-percentage shooting intact at the foul line, going 15 of 18 (83 percent) to equal the team’s second-highest total of made free throws. UU also outscored UC on points in the paint. Overall, UU shot at a 45 percent clip from the floor.
Beachy led all scorers, despite only two points in the second half, with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting (4 of 5 on 3-pointers). It was her second 20-point outing of the season, and eighth of her career, while equaling her season-high total in made 3-pointers.
Additionally, Davis registered her second-highest scoring total of the season with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting with a team-high four assists. Hudson notched 14 points (6-10 FG) for the third straight game and kept her field-goal percentage steady at 56.1 percent overall on the season. Danie Shafer secured a team-high nine rebounds and chipped in with six points.
Charleston also had three players record double figures in scoring, led by Abby Watson’s 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Octavia Loll added 11 points while Ambrea Williams had 10 points and eight boards. Also, Michelle Noel grabbed a game-high 12 boards with seven points.
UU returns home this weekend to host West Virginia State in league play. The Blue Knights and Yellow Jackets will tip it off at 2 p.m. Saturday inside the Warren G. G
DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team claimed a 79-66 victory over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Wednesday night at UD Arena. The Flyers first half run proved to be too large for the Golden Eagles to overcome.
Redshirt junior Josh Cunningham notched his fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Darrell Davis led the Flyers with game-high 19 points.
Dayton improved to 4-4 overall and 3-1 at home. The Flyers dealt the Golden Eagles their third loss of the season for an overall record of 7-3.
•The Flyers went on a 19-4 run over the course of 7:56 minutes, shooting 8-of-10 from the field.
•Dayton shot 54% from the field, while Tennessee Tech was held to only 32% from the field, shooting 9-28.
•Senior Darrell Davis finished the half with six points on 3-5 shooting.
•Redshirt Junior Cunningham lead the Flyers with eight rebounds and six points.
•Dayton extended its largest lead of the first half to 14 with 3:24 remaining. The Flyers led at the end of the first half 32-24.
•At the first media timeout, the Flyers maintained their lead of nine with a score of 37-29.
•After the first media timeout, the Flyers went 4-4 from the field, going on a 13-2 run with 14:08 remaining.
•Dayton extended its largest lead of the game to 17 with 12:48 remaining after redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokoumpo’s big block that lead to a massive dunk on the other end by Cunningham, assisted by freshman Jalen Crutcher.
•Jordan Davis was lights-out behind-the-arc, shooting 4 for 6 from the three-point line and tying his season-high of 14 points.
•Tennessee Tech cut the lead to nine on a 7-0 run with 6:57 remaining in the second half.
•Cunningham received his fourth personal foul of the game with 5:07 remaining. He later fouled out with 3:18 left in the second half.
•Sophomore Trey Landers made an and-one with 3:35 remaining to extend the Flyers lead to 10 and secure a Flyer victory over the Golden Eagles.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
•Josh Cunningham ended the night with 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field. Cunningham entered the game leading the Atlantic 10 Conference in field goal percentage.
•Five Flyers reached double figures. In addition to Darrell Davis’ 19 and Cunningham’s 16 points, Trey Landers and Jordan Davis each had 14, and Kostas Antetokounmpo added 10 (with 10 rebounds)..
•Point guard Jalen Crutcher led UD with seven assists.
•The Flyers finished the game with season-high 22 assists.
•Darrell Davis shot 3-7 from the three-point line, finishing with 19 points.
•The Flyers shot 57% (31-54) from the field for the game.
DAYTON, Ohio –
The University of Dayton women’s basketball team battled back against the No. 23 Green Bay Phoenix, but was unable to surmount the early deficit in a 76-64 loss in front of 8,416 Flyers fans.
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.