Late Surge Lifts Eagles to Win over IU-East
WILMORE, Ky. - Asbury's men's basketball team watched a first half 11-point lead dissipate to just two before the break, battling the visiting IU-East Red Wolves (4-17, 2-6) through 30 minute played in a back and forth contest that neither team seemed to control.
A late surge by the Eagles (11-5, 4-2) on both ends of the court, however, lifted the hosts to a 89-79 victory. The surge culminated in a nine point lead with 7:21 reminaing to play for the Eagles on the back side of a 15-4 run after falling by two. The Eagles would coast from there, pushing the lead to as much as 12 and finishing the game up by 10.
Five Eagles players netted double digit points. Austin Flannery and Cam Richardson tied for team-high with 19 each. CJ Penny recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Lee'Vaughn Morris collected his first on the year with 10 points and 11 assists.
The Red Wolves were led by Tyler Fangman's 25 points.
The Eagles would start the game with careless ball play, turning the ball over on their first three possessions. After an early timeout from head coach Will Shouse the Eagles regrouped and jumped out to a 19-10 lead, boosted by a 7-0 run.
AU's Flannery made the most of his time after entering off the bench as he made four Asbury field goals in a row, including two from 3-point range to keep the Eagles with a comfortable nine point lead with seven minutes left in the first.
A late run in the first half by the visitors, led by Fangman, cut into the AU lead and ultimately led to the 42-40 halftime score. Both teams were red hot from the field in the first half, shooting over .500 on a combined 32-of-57. The Eagles hit five of their 10 first half deep balls.
The second opened with buckets on both ends and resulted in the fourth and fifth ties of the game. The teams played a close contest in which the Eagles consistently held a lead until IU-East's Fangman converted two free throws on separate trips to the line to put the Eagles down two.
Flannery and Penny would take over to send the Eagles on the run that would lead to the nine point lead with 7:21 left on the play clock. The visitors would cut the Eagles lead to just three points three minutes later but solid free throw shooting in the waning moments and missed opportunities by the Red Wolves in their offensive end gave the Eagles the win.
The win is Asbury's 11th on the season and fourth in the KIAC. They get two more here in the Luce Center as part of an eight game home stand. The next contest is slated for Saturday at 4 p.m. against St. Louis Pharmacy.
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