Earlham tops MU
RICHMOND, IND. – Manchester University put two players in double digits to highlight a hard-fought 73-67 overtime loss to Earlham College Saturday, Jan. 5.
The Spartans, dipping to 4-9 overall and 1-5 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, got out of the gates fast, holding as large as a seven-point lead late in the first half. The host Quakers (2-11 overall, 1-5 HCAC) answered behind an 11-4 run over the final 2:38 of the first half and the first 3:05 of the second half.
The second half was back and forth with four lead changes. A late 10-3 stretch for Coach Brad Nadborne’s squad seemed to give the Black and Gold an insurmountable advantage (55-48) with 3:10 to play, but Earlham canned three three-pointers down the stretch, including one with two seconds left, to send the game into overtime. The home side’s hot shooting from outside the arc continued in the extra session, as they hit two more treys to spark a 13-7 roll for the win.
Senior forward David House (Elkhart, Ind.) registered his second straight double-double and third of the year to pace the Spartans. His 23-point, 12-rebound, two-assist night topped Manchester University in all three statistical categories. Sophomore guard Greg Flores (Hammond, Ind.) ended with 14 points and was a perfect six-for-six at the charity stripe.
Manchester returns to league play with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at Defiance Wednesday, Jan. 9.
NOTES: House’s back-to-back double-doubles moved his points-per-game average up nearly two points (5.9-7.7) and his rebounds-per-game average up one full board (4.5-5.5). … Flores’ double-figure effort was his 10th of the season. … MU dropped into a tie with Earlham for eighth place in the HCAC, two games behind a three-way logjam for fifth.
Spartans nipped by Earlham
RICHMOND, IND. – The guard tandem of junior Janelle Moss (Columbia City, Ind.) and freshman Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) each registered double figures Saturday, Jan. 5, leading Manchester University in a 41-39 loss at Earlham College.
Moss, topping the scoring chart for the Spartans (5-8, 4-2 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference), tallied 14 points on six-of-14 shooting and also dished out a team-high three assists. She also grabbed six rebounds for Coach Josh Dzurick’s team. Arterburn came off the bench to score 13 points, hitting three three-pointers in the process.
MU jumped out to an early 8-2 lead but tough luck field goal shooting kept the Black and Gold from extending the advantage. Earlham (2-11 overall, 1-5 HCAC) rallied back and held an 18-13 lead with less than five minutes to go in the first half. The Spartans answered to end the frame with a 10-4 stretch for a 23-22 halftime advantage.
Both teams held the lead in the second half. The Quakers opened with an 8-2 span for a 30-25 lead before Manchester University reeled off a 9-2 run of its own to lead 34-32 with 6:30 to go. A five-plus minute scoring drought for the Spartans gave Earlham another opportunity which led to a 38-34 edge that they didn’t relinquish. MU had a pair of chances to tie in the final minute but couldn’t convert.
The Spartans return to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena for a key HCAC match-up with Defiance Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: Junior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) led the Spartans with eight rebounds and two blocked shots. … Sophomore forward Abby Lang (Indianapolis, Ind.) garnered four boards to extend her run of multiple-rebound contests to 23. … The loss dropped Manchester University into a tie for third with Franklin and Hanover on the league standings chart, just a game behind co-league leaders Defiance and Transylvania.