Turnovers to blame in CSU’s lopsided loss to Morehouse
Atlanta, Georgia – The Central State Marauders lost to Morehouse, 88-66, on Monday night.
With the win, the Morehouse remained perfect with a 10-0 overall record and 5-0 in SIAC play. The Marauders dropped their third straight game and stand at 4-7 on the year with a 3-3 mark in conference play.
CSU opened the night on a high note, building a 12-5 lead after a Jeremy Brown basket at the 13 minute mark. Morehouse quickly erased the 7-point deficit and took a 15-14 lead thanks to a Tremell Gooden three-pointer. Morehouse later put together a 16-4 run and took a comfortable 38-21 lead at intermission.
In a relatively uncompetative second half, the Marauders fell behind by as many as 26 and were never able to make a significant run to cut into the deficit. With Morehouse in complete control, both teams emptied their benches as the reserves finished the final minutes of regulation.
CSU committed a season-high 22 turnovers. Morehouse took advantage by outscoring CSU, 24-9, off giveaways.
The CSU reserves managed 15 points compared to a 33 point performance from the Morehouse bench.
Tyruis Walker led Morehouse with a game-high 25 points. Jordan Wallace came off the bench to score 15 points.
Chris Scott led CSU with 20 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Davone Daniels finished with 17 points while Frank Barber III chipped in with 10 points.
The Marauders will continue SIAC play on Dec. 30 when they host Claflin University.
Chris Scott recorded his fifth double-double of the season.
CSU’s 22 turnovers is a season-high. The previous high for CSU was 17.
Morehouse entered Monday night’s game ranked No. 5 in the D2SIDA South Region Poll.
Claflin is currently ranked No. 8 in the D2SIDA South Region Poll.
CSU is offering free admission for home games on Dec. 30 and Jan. 1.
Earlham Falls In Non-Conference Tilt
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College men’s basketball team fell in non-conference play to Centre College on Monday night by a final score of 93-80.
The Colonels of Centre College, out of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), jumped out to an early 8-2 lead four minutes into the ballgame. Earlham found their groove offensively over the next few minutes and drew within a point at 12-11 following a Chainey Zolman three-pointer.
Both teams battled back-and-forth in the opening period of play. Earlham trailed by as much as 11 points with just over a minute to play in the half at 45-34, however the Quakers closed the gap in the final minute of play and trailed by just five points at the intermission, 45-40, following a pair of triples from Blake Bonin and Isaiah Waire.
Earlham College kept the game within striking distance for most of the second half. Austin Doliboa converted a layup from Bonin at the 14:33 mark that drew EC within five points at 54-49. Centre answered with a swift 5-0 run of their own that pushed their lead back to double digits.
For the game Earlham shot 43.3% (26-59) from the field and the Quakers made 7 of 18 (38.9%) three-point attempts. EC had a strong showing as a team from the foul line, converting 21 of 27 attempts, good enough for a 77.8% clip. Centre College made 34-51 (66.7%) of their field-goal attempts and the Colonels also shot a high percentage from the charity stripe, making 19 of 24 attempts (79.2%). Centre outrebounded the Quakers 33-26 but Earlham mananged to pressure the Colonels into 18 turnovers.
Chainey Zolman led EC with 18 points and six rebounds. Darrell Hutchison Jr. contributed 15 points in the game on the strength of 6-11 shooting. Isaiah Waire provided a spark off the Earlham bench with nine points and two assists.
Earlham stands 3-7 on the season and Centre improved to 4-5. The Quakers will return to action on Saturday December 30 against Adrian. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
ANGOLA, Indiana – The Wilmington College men’s basketball team erupted for 53 first-half points to close out the 2017 year with a 94-76 victory at Trine University on Monday evening.
The FIghtin’ Quakers built a 17-point advantage 10 minutes into the game thanks to three triples from Nathan Scott and two from Christian Jones. The Thunder would get within 10 points at 39-29, but Wilmington ended the first half on a 14-4 run to take an 18-point advantage into the break.
Trine (3-6) would get within 14 points early in the second half, but a quick 7-2 run from the Quakers using baskets from Christian Jones and Jordan Jones put the lead back up to 19 points and effectively ended any threat of the hosts coming back.
Wilmington shot 36-of-86 (52.9 percent) from the field in the game including making 14-of-33 (42.4 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. Scott, who scored 25 points in the first half, finished 6-of-10 from distance and led all scorers with 27 points. The effort tied his career-high in scoring as the Sardinia, Ohio, also poured in 27 points against Heidelberg on Jan. 21, 2017.
Christian Jones scored 24 points on 5-of-10 shooting from distance, and together with Scott, tallied 54 percent of the Quakers’ offense.
“Anytime we make shots, it energizes our team,” Head Men’s Basketball Coach K.C. Hunt said. “Our energy, effort and execution were the best they have been in two weeks tonight.”
Trine finished 28-of-64 (43.8 percent) from the field and was led by the trio of Maurice Hunter (20 points), Langston Johnson (19 points) and Myles Copeland (19 points). Wilmington won the rebounding battle 41-34 while dishing out 19 assists.
The Quakers (4-6) will resume their season in the New Year when Wilmington picks up Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play at Capital University on Jan. 3.