Morris, Richardson Lead Eagles to 2-0 Start
WILMORE, Ky. - In their opening night win against Hiwassee, the Eagles (2-0) spread the ball around as nine Eagles scored, but only two reached double digits.
This afternoon eight Eagles scored but four reached double digits including Cam Richardson's game and career-high 24 which paced the Eagles in their 92-88 win over the Lynx from Lindenwood University-Belleville (1-1).
Richardson was perfect from beyond the arc (4-4) and went eight of 11 from the field to lead the Eagles for the second night in a row. Classmate Lee'Vaughn Morris had his own big night as he nearly put up a triple double. Morris' 16 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists was just one more highlight from the Eagles' win.
Other highlights in the game included more points from first-year Eagles Jordan Gilbert and Tyler Smith who scored a combined 25 off the bench. Through two games Gilbert, a sophomore guard, is averaging 12.5 PPG and .555 pct from long range (5-9).
On the boards, Eagles' big-man CJ Penny pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to accompany his 15 points as his team out-rebounded their opponent for the second straight game (36-34).
The Eagles and Richardson got off to a slow start watching the Lynx jump out to 17-8 lead through eight minutes elapsed. But, a 9-0 run from the hosts on buckets from Penny, Gilbert, and Morris over the next 1:52 tied the game up.
For the rest of the half neither team seemed posied to break free as a back-and-forth, up-and-down style broke out that sent the score knotted at 42 into the break.
Penny started the second half off with an offensive rebound and put back to help the Eagles gain an edge, which they wouldn't relinquish.
Asbury built as much as a 10 point lead in the second half en route to the 92-88 win.
When the final whistle blew it all added up to Asbury's second straight win to open the season. The Eagles outscored the Lnyx's bench 26-17 and shot over .500 from downtown compared to LU's .296 mark.
The Eagles will head to the road for their next two matchups. They travel to Kentucky State on Nov. 8th and travel to Berea to take on Virginia Intermont on Nov. 16.