Asbury Bounces Back For Big Win vs. IU-Kokomo
WILMORE, Ky. – With just one day to mull over their last game—a lopsided loss they endured to CCU— the Eagles (10-5, 3-2 KIAC) had little time to turn it around to face yet another KIAC opponent on Saturday night.
Seniors Austin Flannery and CJ Penny made sure Thursday’s game was an after thought.
Flannery netted 23—his most of the season—and Penny added 17 to accompany his 22 rebounds to run away from the visiting IU-Kokomo Cougars (3-13, 1-6 KIAC) and capture an 80-63 victory Saturday night in the Luce Center.
The Eagles started the game down by two but wouldn’t trail again for the entire first 20 minutes. They controlled play through the half, holding the visitors to just five field goals on 20 shots. In the offensive end the Eagles found their stroke that was seemingly gone in Thursday’s loss. They shot 7/17 from deep and rode a 38-25 lead into the half.
Remarkably, the Cougars went to the line for 18 shots in the first half, connecting on 14 to keep the game within reach.
The Eagles’ offense kept up the pressure they found in the first half when the second half started as Flannery and Penny started to fill the stat sheet. Asbury would extend their lead to as much as 24 on a flashy feed from Penny to classmate Cam Richardson (6 points) under the basket.
Penny wasn’t the only Eagle flirting with a double-double on the stat sheet Saturday night. The team’s leading assist-getter had nine points and nine assists before hitting the bench in favor of the Eagles' reserves. Morris’ nine assists are a season high for the senior guard.
Flannery’s 23 is the second most in his career. He scored 26 against Campbellsville on December 6, 2011. Penny’s 22 rebounds is also the second most in his career. Earlier this season he set the Asbury single-game record with 25 against Virginia-Lynchburg.
The Eagles stay at home for three more games before hitting the road for seven of their last eight games. The next contest is slated for January 15th against IU-East at 7 p.m.
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