ANGOLA, IND, – Freshman guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) compiled his second 20-point-plus effort in the last three contests, guiding Manchester University Wednesday, Dec. 30.
In a game that saw both sides throw haymakers at each other on the scoreboard, host Trine used a 9-0 run over the final 1:18 to overtake the Black and Gold 76-73 in overtime at Hershey Hall. MU (4-6 overall, 1-2 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) opened the game by scoring 13 of the first 15 points and then saw the Thunder go on a 16-1 stretch of their own to grab the advantage. TU opened as large as a 10-point cushion in the second half, but the Spartans scored the last four points of regulation and held the home team scoreless over a three-minute span to force an extra session.
When the smoke cleared, Johnson had compiled a 29-point night, hitting 12-of-17 field goal attempts to lead the scoring column. Senior forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.) added 18 to go with six rebounds, and senior guard Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) finished with 10 points. The junior guard combination of Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) and Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) put their names at the top of the rebounding (Brouwer – 11) and assist (Casteel – four) categories.
NOTE: Johnson’s recent scoring streak has seen his season average benefit. He’s up two points (13.6-15.6) in the span … Brouwer’s seen the same residuals on the glass due to grabbing better than seven boards over the last three outings. It’s shot his season marks from 5.1 to 5.9 per contest.
Manchester University tallied the game’s final five points, keeping host Trine University off the scoreboard for the final 3:15, but it wasn’t quite enough in a 60-59 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference – Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association defeat Wednesday, Dec. 30.
MU (3-7 overall, 1-2 HCAC) gave the MIAA power Thunder all they could handle inside Hershey Hall. The Black and Gold got out to a quick start , leading by as many as six in the first half and then, after the host Thunder reversed the deficit in the second half, nearly grabbed the non-conference victory with a pair of jump shots falling off in the closing seconds. Senior guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) dropped in five three-point baskets as part of a team-high 18 points, while sophomore forward Samantha Bolen (Greenwood, Ind.) added 12 points.
Despite not working their way into double figures, freshman guard Faith Alexis-Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore forward Tori Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) had strong contributions. Graham dished out six assists, grabbed four rebounds and picked off a steal to go with six points, and Christlieb tallied six points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot.
NOTES: Christlieb’s solid recent run continued, as her points per game average is up nearly three (6-8.6) and her rebound per game totals are up nearly one and a half (5.5-6.8) over the past six outings … Arterburn registered a personal single-game season high and her fourth double-figure scoring effort Wednesday.
The Black and Gold open a span of eight games in the first month of 2016 Saturday, Jan. 2, when Earlham College visits Stauffer-Wolfe Arena for a 2/4 p.m. doubleheader.