Balanced Attack Leads Eagles on the Road
RICHMOND, Ind. – Asbury took control early and never let up as they won for the fourth time in their last five trips to Indiana East, 76-60 over the Red Wolves in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night. Indiana East is receiving votes in the NAIA II poll, currently ranked 34th.
The Eagles improve to 2-1 in league play while IUE falls to 1-1. Asbury is 11-7 overall and IUE is 11-6. The two will close out the regular season in Wilmore on February 19. The loss is the first for IUE at home this season. Asbury improves to 5-3 in road games.
Asbury took the lead for good with 16:04 left in the first half on a Dakotah Euton basket. Euton finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds. The Eagles overcame a poor shooting night in which they made just 40-percent (28-69) from the floor. They connected on just a 32-percent clip (8-25) from beyond the arc. The Red Wolves were even worse from the floor, 31-percent (19-62), and from three-point range, 17-percent (3-17).
Adam Delph led the Eagles with 14 points as five different Eagles reached the scoring column. CJ Penny and Marquel Johnson added 11 and 12 off the bench. Dakotah Euton and Justin Jones each chipped in with 10. Huston Clark produced a double-double for the Red Wolves with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Johnson recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds. Lee’Vaughn Morris added eight points and eight rebounds. Overall the Eagles out-rebounded the Red Wolves 46-45. Each team pulled in 14 offensive rebounds. Asbury took advantage of their size in the paint, scoring 36 points in the lane compared to just 18 for IUE. The Eagles also used 18 turnovers to score 21 points. Indiana East only scored seven points on 16 Eagles turnovers.
The Eagles and Red Wolves have split 12 meetings since IUE joined the KIAC for the 2007-08 season. Asbury leads the overall series 21-6.
Asbury will next be in action on Tuesday January 15 as they host KIAC foe Berea in a doubleheader with the girls. The men will play following the women’s game at 6 pm.
Berea and Indiana Southeast lead the conference, each team with no losses in league play. IUS is 4-0 while Berea is 1-0.