Men’s basketball succumbs to Albion’s second half surge

Jamel Barnes Jr.

ALBION, Mich. – Earlham College men's basketball rallied from a double-digit deficit to Albion College in the first half to take a lead late in the opening frame, but had no answer for the Britons' second-half shooting surge in a 95-71 road loss on Friday night at Kresge Gymnasium.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Albion 95, Earlham, 71
Location: Albion, Mich. -- Kresge Gymnasium
Attendance: 1,203
Records: Earlham 2-2 / Albion 3-1

THE SHORT STORY

The Quakers trailed by 11 points early in the first half, and erased that deficit to take a 34-33 lead with 6:12 remaining in the first half. A 3-pointer by Albion's Jamezell Davis extended the Britons' lead to four, 42-38, at the half. In the second half, Albion pulled away from Earlham as the Quakers began to encounter foul trouble.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Three Quakers scored in double figures, led by Jamel Barnes Jr. with 17 points and five rebounds.

Blake Bonin and Kenneth Stalling Jr. finished with 14 and 11 points respectively. AJ White led the bench scorers with seven points.

Earlham shot a respectable 44.8 percent (26-58) from the floor, including a 10-of-26 mark from 3-point range including four treys each from Barnes and Bonin. However, Albion shot 67.3 percent from the field, including an 18-of-22 (.818) clip in the second half alone, to smother any Earlham comeback effort.

The Quakers amassed 15 fouls in the second half alone – 25 for the game – compared to six second-half fouls for the Britons. Albion was 13-of-20 at the charity stripe in the second half, while Earlham was 4-of-5 at the line over the final 20 minutes.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Albion held a 20-9 lead at the 14:19 mark of the first half following a 3-pointer by Josh Palo.

Earlham chipped away at Albion's lead and tied the game at 31-31 with 6:46 remaining in the first half on a Conner Hubbard layup. A Barnes trey 34 seconds later put the Quakers in front, 34-33, and Barnes connected on a jumper with 4:35 showing to extend Earlham's lead to 36-33. Albion regained the lead late in the frame, and took a 42-38 lead into the locker room at the break. The Britons pulled away from the Quakers over the course of the second half

WHAT'S NEXT

Earlham men's basketball returns to action on Monday, Nov. 25, when it travels to Wilmington, Ohio, to face Wilmington College. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.