Delph, Morrison Key Pivotal KIAC Victory
Wilmore, Ky. - Adam Delph and Phillip Morrison combined for 57 points as Asbury won a pivotal game in the KIAC, beating Indiana-East 94-81 on Thursday night. The win keeps the Eagles in 2nd place in the KIAC, tied with Brescia at 5-3.
Delph (Louisville, Ky.) led the team in the first half with 15 points on seven-of-11 shooting. The Eagles went into the break up by six 43-37. The lead changed hands five times early on with the largest lead coming at the break. Delph poured in a career-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting. He hit eight-of-10 from the line and one-of-four from three. He also grabbed a team high nine rebounds, and had four steals, and two blocks.
Morrison (Louisville, Ky.) scored 28 points on the night, knifing through the Red Wolves defense and finding ways to finish over the taller defenders. Morrison hit nine-of-17 from the floor and 10-of-13 from the line. This was Morrison's first 20 point game since January 12th against Cincinnati Christian when he scored 31.
Justin Jones (Hazard, Ky.) was also in double-figures with 11 and grabbed seven rebounds. Jones and Brian Johnson got into foul trouble in the second half, each picking up four with more than 11 minutes left. Without much depth in the frontcourt Coach Shouse went with senior Don Witt to battle the big post players of IUE. Witt only scored three points and grabbed three rebounds, but ate up 20 minutes and allowed the Eagles to stay in the game.
Asbury (13-12, 5-3 KIAC) moves above .500 for the first time since January 12th when they were 9-8. The Eagles have won four in a row, all in KIAC action. Indiana-East (12-10, 4-4 KIAC) drops into a tie for fourth in the conference with Berea. The top four seeds in this year's KIAC Tournament will host first round games February 23rd with the semi-finals and finals taking place at the Frankfort Civic Center in Frankfort, Kentucky on February 26th and 27th.
The Eagles will travel to Owensboro, Kentucky to battle Brescia University for sole possession of second place in the KIAC on Saturday at 4:00 pm. Brescia will be playing their third game in four days. Asbury won the first meeting 65-59 in overtime.