Eagles Roll over Flames as Flannery Reaches 1,000 Points
WILMORE, Ky. - The Eagles (7-2, 0-1) started slow but found their groove as they pulled out in front of the visiting Welch College Flames late in the first half leading to a 96-71 win. Cam Richardson and CJ Penny had 20 points each as Penny turned in yet another double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Austin Flannery needed seven prior to the game to join Asbury's 1,000-point club, and he got them. The senior guard scored exactly seven points as he sits at 1,000 in his career.
The slow start was contributed to missed opportunities early as both teams failed to hit open looks and looked careless with the ball.
"It took us a little while to get our legs under us and find our groove," head coach Will Shouse said. "Playing on back to back days can wear on you a little bit, but we worked through it."
The Eagles found that groove late in the second. Three of Richardson's 20 came with 5:34 to play in the first stanza and seemed to spark the Asbury shooters. The hosts would finish out the half on a 16-2 run and took a 49-29 lead into the break.
It would be smooth sailing and lights out shooting to the end for the Eagles. The Eagles starters-- Richardson, Penny, Lee'Vaughn Morris, Dakotah Euton, and Kyle Lamb-- all had hands in a quick start to the second half. A 14-2 run over the opening 4:32 of the second half sealed the deal for the Eagles as they opened their biggest lead of the game (32).
Shouse had seen enough from his starters as the reserves came in for the duration. Austin Flannery scored his 1,00th point with 10:05 left in the game pushing the score to 69-48.
Todd Jefferson (3), Kyle Bair (4), Alex Dennis (7), Tyler Stocking (1), and Kristian Morgan (5) each tallied points off the bench for the Eagles to end the game.
The Eagles finished the game shooting 44.6% from the field, 29.0% from 3-point range, and 68.4% from the line. They dominated the glass all night, out-rebounding the visitors 56-35. The Eagles also showed a prowess for distributing the ball as they collected 22 assists.
The Eagles will hit the road for two games at Hiwassee and Campbellsville before welcoming IU-Southeast to the Luce Center on December 18th at 7 p.m. The Eagles are looking to avenge a season ending loss to the Grenadiers from a season ago in the KIAC Championship.
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