RICHMOND, Indiana – After a first half yielded a tied 43-43 score, Kenyon College closed the second half on a 38-21 run to defeat the Earlham College men's basketball team 95-81 in the season-opener for both teams on Wednesday evening.
The Quakers burst out to a 10-1 edge in the first four minutes by using two triples from Kenneth Stalling Jr. Earlham would not relinquish the lead until Ryan O'Neil scored two of his 22 points to give the Lords a 27-26 edge at the 9:19 mark of the first half. The teams would play the next five minutes in a 3-point window until Isaiah Waire hit two free throws to put the hosts up 38-33 with 3:05 to play in the first half.
The Lords took the early 4-point lead in the second half, but 10 consecutive points from Elijah Wilson-Thomas got Earlham within a point at 55-54. Two more baskets from the Quakers and a three-pointer from Kenyon tied the game once again, this time at 58-58. Tarig Eldosougi then looked to put his team up two with a jumper at the 12:50 mark, but his shot clanged off the rim. Kenneth Stalling Jr. came flying in for a put-back dunk, sending the crowd at Schuckman Court into a frenzy.
Unfortunately for the Quakers, Kenyon's offense proved efficient down the stretch as the 38-21 run over the final 12 minutes sealed the victory for the Lords.
Earlham finished 31-70 from the field for 44.3 percent while Kenyon made 34-62 field goals including 18-29 (62.1 percent) in the second half. The Lords held a 46-31 rebounding advantage while the Quakers forced Kenyon into 17 turnovers.
Individually, Wilson-Thomas led Earlham with 17 points while Darrell Hutchison Jr. added 14. Stalling Jr. tallied 11 points and seven rebounds while Chainey Zolman had the opposite, seven points and 11 boards.
Phillip Crampton led the way for Kenyon with 23 points and seven rebounds to go along with O'Neil's 22.
Earlham (0-1) travels to Oberlin College for a tournament this weekend.