RICHMOND, Indiana – A torrid 3-point shooting from the Quakers helped lift Earlham College men’s basketball to a 74-67 win over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Bluffton University, Wednesday night at the Druley Performance Gym.
Final Score: Earlham 74, Bluffton 67
Location: Richmond, Indiana – Druley Performance Gym
Records: Earlham 6-8, 2-5 HCAC / Bluffton 7-7, 3-4 HCAC
THE SHORT STORY
Earlham splashed 12 of its 22 3-point attempts on the night, led by Jamel Barnes Jr. with a 4-of-7 mark from beyond the arc on his way to a team-high 16 points. Barnes added to his point total with a 4-for-4 effort at the free-throw line, with six rebounds and four assists.
The Quakers went 7-of-10 from long range in the second half, which helped the Maroon and White take the lead in a game that had been tied 36-36 at the intermission.
Blake Bonin’s 3-pointer with 12:28 showing on the second half clock put the Quakers in front, 52-49, and Earlham held the lead the rest of the way. Bluffton cut the margin to two points, 66-64, as late as the 3:11 mark, but Thomas Sanborn answered with a 3-pointer for Earlham to give the Quakers a two-possession advantage.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Kenneth Stalling Jr. was the only other Earlham player in double figures with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. Sanborn finished with nine points off the bench, while Bonin chipped in with eight points to go with a game-high eight assists.
Earlham shot 50.9 percent (27-of-53) from the field, but was still outshot by a Bluffton squad that connected at a 57.8 percent (26-of-45) clip. Bluffton also outworked Earlham on the board, 33-16.
The Quakers forced the Beavers into committing 23 turnovers, resulting in 24 Earlham points, while the Maroon and White had just 12 giveaways on the night.
Earlham men’s basketball is on the road this Saturday, Jan. 18, when the Quakers travel to Hanover College for an HCAC doubleheader. The men’s game will tip-off at 2:00 p.m., followed by the women’s game at 4:00 p.m.
BLUFFTON, Ohio – Earlham College women’s basketball was unable to stifle Bluffton University’s comeback bid in a 70-65 loss to the Beavers, Wednesday evening at the Sommer Center.
Final Score: Bluffton 70, Earlham 65
Location: Bluffton, Ohio – Sommer Center
Records: Earlham 4-10, 3-4 HCAC / Bluffton 9-5, 3-4 HCAC
THE SHORT STORY
Earlham led Bluffton, 51-44, heading into the fourth quarter, but the Beavers scored seven-straight points to open the final frame and knotted the game at 51-51 with 7:29 remaining on a Brianna Gillig foul shot.
Following a layup from Earlham first-year Trinity McClendon and two more free throws from Gillig, the Quakers regained a 55-53 lead on a pair of foul shots from senior Amy Weisner. However, Bluffton answered with a 3-pointer by TJ Mills, giving the Beavers a lead.
The Quakers tied things two more times, the final time coming at the 3:11 mark on a senior Camryn White layup before the Beavers took the lead for good on foul shots. Bluffton went 9-for-10 at the charity stripe over the final three minutes of play, while Earlham went 2-of-7 from the floor over the same span in its bid to catch the Beavers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
McClendon shot the proverbial lights out to lead Earlham with a career-high 21 points, with a 7-of-10 mark from the field – including a 3-of-3 effort from 3-point range – with a 4-for-4 ledger at the free-throw line.
Junior Kayla Bowling was the only other Quaker in double figures with 10 points and completed her stat line with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Three players – White, Weisner, and senior Zoe Curtis – each tallied six points.
Junior Acacia Tenette paced the Quakers on the glass with nine rebounds to go with her three assists.
Earlham and Bluffton shot an identical 38.5 percent from the floor. The Beavers leveraged 30 Quaker fouls into a 26-for-40 mark at the free-throw line; Earlham shot a perfect 10-for-10 at the charity stripe on 15 Bluffton fouls.
Earlham women’s basketball returns to the court on Saturday, Jan. 18, when the Quakers head to Hanover College for the first game of an HCAC doubleheader. Tip-off for the women’s game is slated for approximately 4:00 p.m., after the conclusion of the men’s game between the Quakers and the Panthers.