Poor Shooting Dooms Eagles
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – A poor shooting effort was too much to overcome on Tuesday night as Asbury fell to Alice Lloyd 69-64. The Eagles shot 27% from the floor and made only 11-of-44 three-point attempts.
Asbury (7-12, 1-4 KIAC) fell behind by 10, 41-31, at halftime and then by as much as 16 in the second half before battling back late. Dakotah Euton hit two threes and Marquel Johnson made one to cut the lead down to three with 36 seconds left. After a Casey Dalton missed free throw gave the Eagles the ball with 24 seconds left, Johnson missed a three that would have tied it. Alice Lloyd would hit their final two free throws to seal it.
Euton finished with 12 points and five rebounds on 5-of-14 shooting and 2-of-6 from beyond the three point arc. Johnson led all scorers with 18 points on six-of-17 shooting and six-of-13 from beyond the three-point line. Austin Flannery was also in double figures with 13 points despite shooting five-of-20.
Justin Jones tied a career-high with 16 rebounds including five offensive. Jones moves into fourth place on the school list with 624. He also recorded four blocks on Tuesday, giving him 155 for his career which also puts him fourth in school history. He can move into third place with three more.
Alice Lloyd out-rebounded the Eagles 58-45, largely due to 59 missed shots by the Eagles. Asbury was able to grab 14 offensive rebounds but still only managed five second-chance points. Alice Lloyd was led by Shawn Thompson’s 17 points.
Asbury has dropped two straight and six of their last seven after starting 6-6. Their 44 three-point attempts were a season-high and the third highest total in NAIA II, behind Cincinnati Christian’s 45 on November 11 and Indiana Southeast’s 51 on November 1. The NAIA II record is 53.
The Eagles will host No. 15 Indiana Southeast on Thursday at 7:30 pm. The Grenadiers are currently undefeated in conference play at 5-0.