Second Half Spark Sends Eagles Over Tigers
WILMORE, Ky. - It may have been a slower start than the Eagles (1-0) had hoped for straight out of the gates Friday night, but in the end the Asbury men's basketball team put up a W in the win column.
After shooting just two of six from the charity stripe and four of 13 beyond the arc the Eagles went into the half tied at 30 apiece with the visiting Tigers from Hiwassee College (0-1).
The second half proved to be a different story for the Eagles as a couple of new faces provided a spark with the game still neck-and-neck midway through the second frame.
Sophomore Jordan Gilbert hit a three to increase the Eagles' lead to six at 49-43 with 10:18 remaining after Kyle Lamb converted on one of two free throws to push the lead to three just moments before.
Tyler Smith provided what proved to be the dagger for his team as the freshman guard provided his own 6-0 run over the next 1:28 to push the Eagle lead to 11. Gilbert hit another one from downtown on the back-end of Smith's buckets to provide some much needed energy to the Eagles.
From there the Eagles wouldn't relinquish their lead as the Tigers could get no close than eight points.
Cam Richardson and Austin Flannery scored 12 points each to pace the Eagles offensively. All nine Eagles that saw floor time scored at least twice.
On the boards, Lee'Vaughn Morris led the Eagles with 10, followed closely by CJ Penny's seven.
The Tigers' LaZerick Boyd scored a game-high 19.
The Eagles will return to the court against Lindenwood-Belleville tomorrow at 4 p.m. here in the Luce Center. LU-Belleville defeated the Eagles' KIAC conference foe Berea in the first game of the Asbury Tip-Off Classic, 92-85.