ANDERSON, Indiana – Junior Elijah Wilson-Thomas scored 27 points, but Anderson University shot 59.5 percent from the field in an 80-70 victory over the Earlham College men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon.
The Quakers scored on two of their first three possessions to take a 5-3 lead on a triple from freshman Blake Bonin two minutes into the game. The Ravens, who sit one game out of first play in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), responded with a 19-2 run over the next eight minutes.
Trailing 22-7, Earlham got within nine points (39-30) on two free throws from senior Kamari Hunter with 1:55 to play in the half, but Anderson ended the half on a 6-2 spurt and led 45-32 at the break.
The Ravens led by as many as 17 in the early stages of the second half, but the Quakers battled back to within six points when Wilson-Thomas hit a three-pointer with 4:29 to play, making the score 68-62.
Anderson answered with another 6-2 run and hit free throws to seal the victory.
Wilson-Thomas added seven rebounds and three steals to his 27-point performance. Hunter was the other Quaker to finish in double figures in scoring with 13 points off of the bench. Bonin contributed eight points and seven assists in 39 minutes played.
Trevor Lucas and Cole Hartman, two of the leading scorers in the HCAC scored 28 and 27 points respectively to combine for over 68 percent of Anderson's scoring. Hartman also completed the double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds.
The Quakers shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the field to go along with eight three-pointers and converting 18-21 free throw attempts for 85.7 percent. The Ravens converted 25-42 field goals along with a near-perfect 23-24 from the charity stripe.
Earlham continues HCAC play hosting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for the John Mutchner Cup game on Wednesday. Tip-off from Schuckman Court is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.