IU-Southeast Hands Men's Basketball 103-85 Loss in KIAC Opener
WILMORE, Ky. - Indiana University-Southeast handed Asbury their first loss at home of the season 103-85. In addition to AU suffering their first loss at the Luce and giving up a season-high in points, Indiana Southeast moved to 1-0 in KIAC play and the Eagles slipped to 0-1.
After 13 minutes of nonstop play, the visitors took the first timeout of the night leading 33-27. IU-Southeast (6-3, 1-0) started the half on fire, which led the purple and white to switch things up a bit to cut into the lead.
High scoring basketball was the norm in the first 20 as the teams combined for 94 points, 12 three-point field goals, and 33 made field goals altogether. The fourth ranked Grenadiers led 52-42 after the first frame in part to shooting a blazing .541 percent on 20-of-37 shooting, including 7-of-15 from downtown.
Senior CJ Penny led the hosts (7-4, 0-1) in the first stanza with nine points. Senior Austin Flannery and sophomore Jordan Gilbert helped out with eight points respectively.
IUS stormed out of the locker room with all the momentum after an alley-oop dunk that gave them a 66-49 lead with sixteen minutes remaining. Asbury’s ice cold shooting did not help their cause to get back into the game. Total, for the game, the Eagles shot 27-of-72 from the field for .375 percent. In contrast, the visitors shot 37-of-65 for .569 percent.
Four double-digit scorers including: Kevin Mitchell (18), Vernon Payne (17), Jake Simpson (14), and Cameron Mitchell (13) led the way for the Grenadiers. Their biggest lead came with five minutes remaining, up 25. The away team dominated the paint as they gained a 54-28 advantage in points in the paint.
The leading scorer for the Eagles all year, senior Cam Richardson, struggled to find his flow finishing with just two points on 0-10 shooting. Sophomore Kyle Lamb scored a game-high 25 points, senior Lee’Vuaghn Morris chipped in 12 points, and Gilbert added 11 points.
Tipoff for both team’s first KIAC matchup of the season was delayed about an hour due to a mix up with officials. The Eagles were playing their second game in three days and the Grenadiers were coming in on five days rest.
The Eagles get 12 days to regroup for Christmas Break and then they travel to Division I Morehead State on December 30th for an exhibition matchup.