Men’s hoops falls to Manchester in HCAC clash

Jamel Barnes shoots against Manchester University.

RICHMOND, Ind. – An Earlham College halftime lead was unable to withstand Manchester University's second-half scoring blitz, ending with a Quakers falling to the visiting Spartans, 76-66, in Saturday evening's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball match at the Druley Performance Gym.

Earlham (4-13, 2-8 Heartland) held a 36-33 advantage at the intermission, led by Jamel Barnes' (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) first half tally of 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor with three 3-pointers.

However a 15-2 Manchester run in the second half lasting nearly seven minutes ended with the Spartans (3-14, 1-9 Heartland) holding a 54-45 lead, with just 9:17 showing on the game clock. The Quakers committed six of their 18 turnovers during that span, and connected on one of their seven field goal attempts.

Earlham twice fought back to knock the margin down to five points, the last time coming at the 7:23 mark when a Thomas Sanborn layup cut the difference to 56-51, but the Quakers were unable to overtake the Spartans down the stretch.

Barnes finished with a team-high 21 points, which was also a career-best for the first year guard. His four three-pointers against Manchester was also a season-high effort.

Darrell Hutchison Jr. also finished in double-digits with 16 points, half of which came at the line with a 8-of-10 performance.

Manchester was paced by Adrian Johnson's 23 points, the bulk of which came at the charity stripe with a 13-of-19 effort. Kenny Doss and Enis Becirevic charted 19 and 14 points respectively in the win. Brody Kirby led all players with 11 rebounds.

Earlham men's basketball caps its three-game home stand on Wednesday, Jan. 24, when the Quakers will host Bluffton University. Tip-off at the Druley Performance Gym is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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