CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana - Wabash College started both halves strong in an 82-69 victory over the Earlham College men's basketball team on Monday evening.
The Little Giants (1-2) started the first half on an 11-2 run capped by an offensive rebound put-back from Harrison Hallstrom. Earlham had the answer, however, as Kenneth Stalling Jr.'s 3-pointer eight minutes later put the Quakers up 24-21 at the 7:27 mark. Neither team led by more than three points for the remainder of the first half as Wabash clung to a 35-34 edge at the break.
Similar to the first half, Wabash opened up the second half hot as the Little Giants went on a 18-3 run in the first five minutes. Trailing by 16, Earlham got within 10 points on two occasions, but could not get closer. Wabash opened up an 18-point edge with 6:07 to play when a Jack Davidson triple tickled the twine.
Once again, the Quakers did not quit. Earlham forced Wabash into several turnovers down the stretch and got within seven points (75-67) after a Jamel Barnes converted a free throw with 2:25 to play. The Little Giants made enough free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
Chainey Zolman finished with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Elijah Wilson-Thomas added 11 points while Barnes had 10 off the bench. Stalling Jr. picked off four Wabash passes while Tarig Eldosougi grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Davidson led all scorers with 35 points to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists. He also made 11-of-16 field goal attempts including 5-of-6 from distance and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Hallstrom added 16 points and nine rebounds.
Wabash shot 53.1 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 22-of-31 from the free throw line. Earlham finished the game shooting 32.9 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from distance and 7-of-13 from the free throw line.
The Little Giants held a 52-35 rebounding advantage, but the Quaker forced 27 turnovers.
Earlham (1-3) hosts Fairhaven Baptist Bible College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday before opening Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play by hosting Anderson University on Saturday.