ANDERSON, Ind. – Earlham College junior Darrell Hutchison Jr. (Indianapolis, Ind./Crispus Attucks) and senior Elijah Wilson-Thomas (Goldsboro, N.C./Massanutten) each had 20-point performances to lead the Quakers to a 77-70 triumph over Anderson University, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball clash on Saturday afternoon at the O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.
The win was Earlham's second in a row, and its third in its last four contests. The Quakers move into a tie for seventh place in the HCAC standings with the win, and stay in the chase for a berth in the HCAC Tournament.
Hutchison charted a career-high 25 points – his second 20-point performance of the season – on an 11-of-17 shooting performance and a 3-of-5 mark at the free-throw line.
Wilson-Thomas finished the day with 22 points – his ninth 20-point effort of the season and second in as many games – on 7-of-13 shooting, including three 3-pointers and a 5-of-6 effort at the line. He also charted five of Earlham's 10 steals on the day.
First year Jamel Barnes (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) added 15 points and sophomore Kenneth Stalling Jr. (Gary, Ind./Thea Bowman) chipped in 12 points to round the double-figure scorers for the Quakers.
Earlham (6-13, 4-8 Heartland) took command of the game early in the second half, following a pair of foul shots by the Ravens' Cole Hartman that gave Anderson a 36-34 lead with 16:31 showing on the game clock.
The Quakers responded with a 13-0 run lasting a little over four minutes, with four different players contributing to the run. It ended with a Barnes layup that left Earlham with a 47-36 lead with 12:17 remaining, and the Quakers held the game in hand the rest of the way.
Anderson (9-10, 4-8 Heartland) rallied late in the frame to get to within six of Earlham, 64-59, following a Maurice Knight 3-pointer, but Wilson-Thomas drained a trey of his own at the other end of the floor. A Stalling layup just seconds later had the Quakers back in front by 10, 69-59, with 2:15 to play.
Trevor Lucas paced Anderson offensively with 21 points, with Cole Hartman adding 18 points. The Ravens connected on 25 of their 55 field goal attempts (.455), but the Quakers shot an impressive .564 (31-of-55) from the floor – their third 50.0 percent-or-better shooting effort over the last four games, all of which led to Earlham wins.
The Quakers are on the road for their next contest on Wednesday, Jan. 31, when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to face Transylvania University in an HCAC contest. Tip-off at the Beck Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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