Men's basketball triumphs over Mount St. Joseph in season finale

Kenneth Stalling Jr. action photo

Score: Earlham 72, Mount St. Joseph 61
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio (Harrington Center)
Records: Earlham 8-17, 7-11 HCAC / Mount St. Joseph 8-17, 6-12 HCAC

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College men's basketball scorched the nets with 57.7 percent shooting and Kenneth Stalling Jr. and Jamel Barnes each erupted for 20 points as the Quakers trounced Mount St. Joseph in both teams' season finale.                              

OPENING TIP

  • This game took some twists and turns as Earlham jumped out to a 14-point lead, 22-8, in the first half, following a Stalling three-pointer followed by a layup with 12:18 remaining in the frame.
  • Mount St. Joseph clawed its way back into the game and knotted the contest at 34-34 with 1:04 left in the opening half following a pair of Thomas Brady foul shots. Two more Lion free throws put MSJ in front, 36-34, as the teams headed to the locker room for the intermission.
  • The second half was virtually all Quakers. Senior swingman Darrell Hutchison Jr. tied things up at 36-36 with a layup 10 seconds into the half, and an Anthony Phillips' layup just over a minute later put the Quakers in front for good.
  • The Quakers' lead hit double-digits with 12:33 remaining in the game when a Conner Hubbard layup extended Earlham's lead to 55-45. The Maroon and White led by as many as 19 points, 68-49, following a Barnes layup with 4:35 showing on the clock.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Earlham shot 57.7 percent (30-of-52) from the field versus MSJ – the Quakers' best shooting performance of the season – including a 61.5 percent clip (16-of-26) in the second half.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Kenneth Stalling Jr. tallied 20 points for the third-straight game with his effort on Saturday against MSJ. Stalling has shot 68.4 percent (26-of-38) during that three-game span, including a 9-of-11 effort on Saturday night. He also grabbed a team-high nine boards in the victory and charted three steals.
  • Sophomore Jamel Barnes' 20 points versus the Lions was his season high, and was one point shy of his career best of 21 points set as a freshman against Manchester. Barnes went 8-of-11 from the floor including three three-pointers.
  • First year Conner Hubbard matched his season high with 10 points versus the Lions.

NEXT UP
Earlham finished the season with an 8-17 (.320) overall record – an improvement of two wins over last years' mark, and the Quakers' best record by winning percentage since going 13-14 in the 2005-06 season. The Maroon and White went 7-11 in the HCAC with a seventh-place finish, Earlham's best finish in conference play since placing sixth in the North Coast Athletic Conference in 2006-07.

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