RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College men's basketball team hung with high-scoring Anderson University for 38 minutes, but a 8-2 run from the Ravens down stretch gave Anderson a 97-89 victory over the Quakers in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener on Saturday afternoon.
The offenses did not waste any time showing up as both teams converted on their first five field goals attempts from the field. A Chainey Zolman layup put Earlham ahead 14-12, but a Cole Hartman three-pointer gave Anderson a 15-14 edge three minutes into the game. The Ravens would score the next six points to take a 21-14 advantage, but the Quakers battled back to tie it 24-24 when Kenneth Stalling Jr.'s layup feel through at the 10:24 mark.
The visitors maintained a single-digit edge for the better part of the final 10 minutes of the first until two free throws from Stanley Duncan gave Anderson a 46-36 edge. Elijah Wilson-Thomas gave Earlham a bright end to the first half, however, as his triple as time expired put the Quakers down seven at the break.
Similar to the end of the first half, Anderson (4-1, 1-0 HCAC) remained on top through much of the second half. Earlham kept chipping away, however, and tied the game 60-60 when Jamel Barnes hit a three-pointer with 11:24 to play in regulation. The Ravens re-built a seven-point edge (80-73) with five minutes to play, but two free throws from Zolman, a triple from Austin Doliboa and another Zolman layup tied the game 80-80 at the 3:27 mark. Unfortunately for Earlham, Anderson scored on its next six possessions and escaped Schuckman Court with a victory.
Both teams shot nearly 50 percent from the field with Anderson making 28 field goals compared to 30 for Earlham. The Ravens did hit nine triples while the Quakers made seven shots from distance. Anderson made the difference at the free throw line, converting 32-of-38 shots while Earlham made 22-of-29 from the charity stripe.
Earlham held a 31-28 edge in rebounding, but committed 24 turnovers in the contest. In total, the two teams combined for 60 fouls and shot 77 free throws.
The Quakers dip to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in HCAC play with the loss. Earlham will attempt to even its HCAC record at Bluffton University on Wednesday.