Flannery, Lamb Combine for 44 as Eagles Roll
WILMORE, Ky. - Austin Flannery-- on his senior day-- netted a team-high 24 points and sophomore Kyle Lamb matched his 20-point performance with one of his own as the Eagles rolled to a victory over Point Park, 86-68.
Lamb's final stat line consisted of 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Eagles, as he came in off the bench for the Eagles who started five seniors on the floor at the opening tip.
The Eagles played well all around, especially in the second half, shooting 43.5 percent (30-69) from the field and 86.7 percent (13-15) from the free throw line, while turning the ball over 10 times and bringing down more rebounds (45-37) than the Pioneers. Asbury scored 45 points off the bench to PPU's two and forced the Pioneers into just 35.9 percent from the field shooting.
The Eagles (16-9, 9-6) put an end to a two game losing skid, and put them in prime position to finish in the top four in the KIAC with two games left. The loss dropped Point Park to 10-14 on the season and just 5-9 in the conference.
Kyle Bair and CJ Penny each added 12 points for the Eagles.
Both team went neck and neck through the first 20 minutes as neither team shot particularly well nor could they control the lead. Asbury and Point Park traded leads twice through the first frame, and headed into the break with Asbury clinging onto a three point lead, 30-27.
The Eagles would take their final lead of the game just before the half when Flannery hit three of his 24 from the left elbow. The bucket would put the Eagles up by one, a lead they would not relinquish in the second half.
Asbury took control in the second. Over the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Eagles would go on a 27-8 run and take the three point half time lead and build it to 21. From there the lead would barely falter from 20 as the Eagles cruised to the victory.
Flannery's season high (24) came on a night when he and his five classmates-- Lee'Vaughn Morris, Cam Richardson, Kyle Bair, Dakotah Euton, and Adam Satterfield-- were recognized for their contributions to Asbury basketball before the game.
The Eagles will seek to knock off Cincinnati Christian-- who sits second in the KIAC standings-- on Tuesday on the road, before finishing the regular season at home against Alice Lloyd College on Thursday.
Thursday night's game will feature a special promotion as the Eagles will be giving away two lower level tickets to the final two regular season games for UK basketball. Two tickets will be given away at halftime of both the women's and men's game. The game will also be a whiteout game, and fans who come wearing a white shirt can have their name entered twice into the drawing!
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