Eagles Set School Record in Rout of Preachers
Wilmore, KY---The Asbury College men's basketball team set a school record with a 116-37 victory over Johnson Bible College Tuesday night in the Luce Center. The 79 point margin was the largest in school history, beating the previous mark of 59 set January 10, 2000 against Pratt. The previous season high was 57 in a 122-65 win over The Crown College.
The Eagles jumped out to a 26-2 lead early and never looked back. Asbury would go on a 15-0 run after the Preachers added their second field goal, and would roll to a 64-16 halftime lead. The second half would be much of the same with Coach Shouse emptying the bench.
Asbury (7-4) had a balance scoring attack with six players in double figures led by senior Michael Spann's 19. Junior T.J. Chinn had 14 off the bench and sophomore Phillip Morrison (13), juniors Jordan Noble (12) and Daniel Drury (10), and senior Patrick Crouse (12) were the other players with double digit scoring efforts. Freshmen Zach Swanson made his season debut and had a quick seven points in six minutes.
Junior Brian Johnson led the team with eight rebounds and five assists, he added eight points and three steals in 17 minutes. A positive note for the eagles was the fact they only turned the ball over four times, they were averaging over 16 a game. Asbury forced 30 turnovers thanks in part to 23 steals. Asbury had 28 assists on 44 made baskets. The Eagles outrebounded the Preachers 55-41.
Asbury will travel to Berea, Kentucky on Friday as part of the Berea Classic. They will play at 7pm against Trinity International University. The Eagles return to the Luce Center on Tuesday December 9th at 7pm when they battle Boyce Bible College.