RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College men's basketball team had two players score over 20 points, but Anderson University scored 54 second-half points to defeat the Quakers 85-70 at Schuckman Court on Saturday afternoon.
Earlham, which played in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener on Saturday, began the game on a 10-2 run fueled by six points from sophomore Nick Sands. The Quakers maintained their eight-point lead midway through the first half as freshman John Sakaleros used a pass from senior Kamari Hunter to finish at the rim.
Anderson (4-1, 2-0 HCAC) responded with a 9-0 run to take its first lead of the game when Trevor Lucas scored two of his 24 points at the 7:39 mark of the first half. The Ravens would lead by as many as four in the first 20 minutes, but freshman Blake Bonin connected on two deep triples and scored Earlham's final eight points of the half as the Quakers took a one-point lead, 32-31, into halftime.
The Ravens opened the second half on a 22-11 run to open a lead they would not relinquish.
Sophomore Darrell Hutchison finished the game with a career-high 21 points while Bonin also finished with a career-high, 20 points, and also dished out six assists.
Stanley Duncan finished with 22 points to go along with Lucas' two dozen to lead the Ravens. Nathaniel Acree added 13 points.
Both teams shot over 45 percent with Anderson going 29-54 and Earlham finished 28-61 from the field. The Quakers held the Ravens to just three triples, but Anderson found its way to the free throw line 30 times and converted on 24 of those attempts.
Earlham dished out 19 assists compared to 10 for Anderson, but the Ravens doubled up the Quakers in rebounding 42-21.
Earlham returns home on Wednesday to face Bluffton University at 7:30 p.m.