Strong First Half Propels Eagles Past Cougars
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury jumped out to a 28-2 lead but had to hold on in the second half to win 72-62 over Cincinnati-Clermont on Tuesday evening. The Eagles led by 32 at the break and by as much as 33 in the first half.
Asbury (9-4) shot only 35 percent in the second half as the Cougars (3-9) outscored the Eagles by 22 in the period. Thankfully that didn’t matter after a first half where UC-Clermont didn’t reach double digits until three minutes left in the half. Adam Delph scored 12 of his 18 in the first half for Asbury.
On the night he was honored for surpassing the 1,000 point mark, Delph nearly notched the school’s first triple-double, adding 10 rebounds and seven assists. The double-double is his third of the season, leading the team.
Joining Delph in double figures on the day were Dakotah Euton and Lee’Vaughn Morris. Euton recorded 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting including 2-of-3 from downtown. Morris took only five shots in the game, making four and hit on all three three-point attempts.
Despite a woeful shooting performance in the second half the Eagles still shot 46 percent for the game while the Cougars made just 34 percent of their attempts. UC-Clermont shot just 20 percent (6-of-29) in the first half. The Eagles made eight of their nine three-pointers in the first half. The Cougars dominated the glass, pulling in 49 rebounds including 21 offensive to Asbury’s 37 total rebounds.
Asbury will close out the semester on the road, first traveling to Virginia Intermont and Milligan on Friday and Saturday.