BLUFFTON, Ohio – Austin Rohde led all scorers as the Earlham College men's basketball team lost to Bluffton University 70-56 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Wednesday evening.
The Beavers opened the game scoring on eight of their first 10 possessions. A jumper from Rohde with 12:13 to play in the first half made the score 20-8 in favor of Bluffton.
Junior Elijah Wilson-Thomas answered with back-to-back three-pointers to pull Earlham within six points. Two minutes later, the Quakers got the deficit down to four (20-16) on a layup from senior Kamari Hunter.
Unfortunately for Earlham, Bluffton ended the half on an 18-7 run capped by a triple from Houston Blair at the buzzer to lead 38-23 at halftime.
The Quakers would get within 10 (64-54) points on a tip-in from freshman Thomas Sanborn with a minute to play, but could get no closer as the Beavers hit free throws to seal the victory.
Along with Rohde's 27 points, Kevin Christie had 16 for the Beavers while Jared Wentling added a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Wilson-Thomas was the lone Quaker to finish in double figures in scoring with 17 points. He also led the squad in rebounding with six boards. Hunter added seven points, three assists, and three steals in 32 minutes for Earlham.
Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field, but Bluffton had an advantage from distance, connecting in 10-23 three-pointers for 43.5 percent compared 6-20 for 30 percent for Earlham. The Beavers grabbed 38 rebounds and dished out 14 assists while the Quakers had 31 boards and 12 assists.
Earlham concludes its 2016-17 season hosting Mount St. Joseph University at 3 p.m. on Saturday.