Eagles Hold On Against Alice Lloyd
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – Asbury trailed for only 17 seconds and had to fight off a scrappy Alice Lloyd squad for a 62-60 KIAC win on Thursday night. The Eagles had to make a defensive stand with two seconds left as Alice Lloyd failed to get a shot off before time expired.
CJ Penny scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Eagles had three players in double figures. Asbury (16-10, 7-4 KIAC) shot 39-percent and failed to make a three for the first time since November 2007. The Eagles missed all eight three-point attempts on Thursday. Penny was 8-of-16 from the floor and also had a game-high four steals. Asbury score 16 points off of 13 ALC turnovers while ALC scored only six points on 13 Asbury turnovers.
Asbury also had Adam Delph and Mitch McLeish score in double digits. Delph added 13 on 5-of-13 shooting as McLeish added 10 off the bench. Stuart Stamper led Alice Lloyd with 15 points and Terry Muse added 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
Alice Lloyd tied the game at 54-54 with 3:01 remaining but a technical foul on the Alice Lloyd bench gave the Eagles two free throws, which Delph knocked down, and the ball. Following a Penny basket the Eagles led by four and were able to hold on from there. Delph turned the ball over inbounding the ball as his pass hit the ceiling giving Alice Lloyd the ball under their basket with 2.1 seconds left. Alice Lloyd was unable to get a shot off as time expired as the Eagles escaped with the win.
The win forces a three-way tie for third in the KIAC as Asbury, Berea and Cincinnati Christian are all at 7-4 in league play. Asbury will play CCU on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Berea and CCU will play again to close out the year. Indiana East is only a game ahead of the pack in second at 8-3 as Indiana Southeast leads the conference at 9-1.
Asbury will travel to Brescia to battle the Bearcats on Saturday at 9 pm eastern time.