Second half rally falls short for men’s hoops at K-Zoo

Darrell Hutchison Jr. action photo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Earlham College men's basketball outscored host Kalamazoo College in the second half, but was unable to erase the Hornets' 11-point halftime lead and dropped a 74-66 decision to Kalamazoo on Thursday afternoon at the Anderson Athletic Center.

Three Quakers scored in double figures, led by senior forward Darrell Hutchison Jr. with 15 points. Junior guard Kenneth Stalling Jr. and sophomore guard Jamel Barnes came off the bench to add 12 and 11 points respectively. Barnes also dished out a team-best six assists for the Maroon and White.

Junior guards Tarig Eldosougi and Blake Bonin each hauled down a team-high six rebounds for Earlham (3-8).

Trailing 41-30 at the intermission, Earlham rallied midway through the second half to make the contest a one-possession affair. Down 57-48 with 10:48 to play, a pair of Barnes foul shots and a Bonin 3-pointer cut the margin to four points. After a Hornet jumper to briefly extend the Kalamazoo lead to six points, a Barnes layup at the other end of the floor and bucket by Conner Hubbard left Earlham trailing by just two, 59-57, with 7:31 on the clock.

Earlham was still within two of Kalamazoo at the 6:36 mark after each team converted a free-throw attempt, but that would be as close as the Quakers would get to overtaking the Hornets. K-Zoo slowly pulled away from Earlham starting with a 3-pointer by Ben Reiter, and the Hornets went 5-of-6 at the line over the final minute of play to clinch the win.

The Quakers shot 38.3 percent from the field against the Hornets, while K-Zoo shot at a 46.3 percent clip – including a 13-of-24 mark (.542 FG%) in the first half.

Kalamazoo (3-8) had three starters in the double-digits, with Reiter and Tanner Blyly pacing the Hornets with 15 points each.

Earlham returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2019, when the Quakers return to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Transylvania University. Tip-off is 5:00 p.m.

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