Morris, Eagles Survive Alice Lloyd
Wilmore, Ky. - Asbury survived a scare on Thursday night as they escaped with a 101-93 win over Alice Lloyd. The Eagles were playing for the first time since losing freshman big man Justin Jones to an injury, but his replacement in the starting lineup provided the lift the team needed.
Jamal Morris (Nashville, Tenn.) led the Eagles with a career-high 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting for the floor. The junior guard knocked down all three three-pointers and all three free throws he took. Morris picked up the slack on the boards as well, grabbing a team best seven including four offensive as he came flying in from the perimeter. Jones was leading the KIAC in rebounds and blocks per game before he got injured.
Phillip Morrison (Louisville, Ky.) continued his scoring onslaught as he poured in another 29, giving him 557 this season. If Morrison reaches the 600 point mark this season he would become only the fourth Eagle to score that many points in a season joining Stephen Horn (2003-04), Art McMahon (1998-99) and Jason Price (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000). Morrison also collected six assists which tied his career high.
Another player picking up the slack from missing Jones was Adam Delph who put in an all-around solid effort on Thursday night. Delph struggled shooting the ball, only three-for-nine and zero-for-five from three but still managed to score eight points, dish out eight assists, block three shots, and come away with four steals.
Asbury (14-13, 6-4 KIAC) continued to torch the nets against Alice Lloyd as they hit 13 threes, the Eagles connected on 20 back in January in a 115-78 blowout in Pippa Passes. Brock Hurtle hit six threes at Alice Lloyd and followed in up with another six on Thursday night in the Luce. He finished with 18 points and four rebounds. Asbury shot 46% from three and 52% from the floor. Alice Lloyd connected on 46% from the floor and 35% from three.
Asbury currently sits in 3rd place in the KIAC, a full game behind Brescia and a half game ahead of Berea. The Eagles will host Berea on Tuesday, but will first welcome the #4 team in NAIA DII, Indiana-Southeast and their perfect 9-0 KIAC record on Saturday February 13th. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm.