Eagles Dismantle Preachers in Opener
WILMORE, Ky. – Johnson University was no match for Asbury in the season-opener for both men’s basketball teams on Friday night as the Eagles blew out the Preachers 111-62. Asbury won their season opener for the first time in five years under Will Shouse.
Mitch McLeish led the Eagles with 20 points off the bench as all 15 players scored in the game. Asbury led 67-28 at the half as McLeish and Adam Delph scored 15 each before the break. McLeish finished 7-of-8 from the floor and a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range and from the foul line. The transfer-freshman from Thomas More also pulled down three rebounds and dished out three assists in just 17 minutes of action.
Delph didn’t score in the second half, only playing 19 minutes in the game and still managed to grab five rebounds and hand out four assists. The team assisted on 25 of their 39 made field goals and only turned the ball over 15 times in the game. The Eagles shot a robust 52.7% from the floor and connected on 13-of-28 from downtown. Austin Flannery led the team with four threes and finished with 13 points.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Eagles as Kyle Bair and Dakotah Euton added 11 points apiece. Euton also led the team with seven rebounds. The Eagles enjoyed a healthy advantage on the glass, 49-29.
Asbury will square off with Mid-Continent on Saturday at 4pm after the Cougars defeated Berea 97-55 in the first game of the Asbury Tip-Off Classic. Berea and Johnson will play at 2pm.