Late rally lifts men’s hoops past Wilmington College, 79-76

Chainey Zolman

WILMINGTON, Ohio – A four-point play by senior Chainey Zolman and a pair of late foul shots from senior Blake Bonin helped lift Earlham College men's basketball to a 79-76 win over Wilmington College, in a non-conference tilt Monday night at Fred Raizk Court.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Earlham 79, Wilmington (Ohio) 76
Location: Wilmington, Ohio – Fred Raizk Court
Attendance: 575
Records: Earlham 3-2 / Wilmington 1-3

THE SHORT STORY

Trailing by three, 76-73, with under 30 seconds remaining in the game, Zolman was fouled on his successful 3-point attempt from the top of the arc. He converted on the free-throw attempt to give Earlham a 77-76 lead with 10 seconds showing in the game clock, and Bonin clinched the win by draining a pair of foul shots with four seconds to play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Earlham had four players in double digits, led by Zolman with 17 points and Kenneth Stalling Jr. with 16 points including three 3-pointers. Jamel Barnes Jr. and Thomas Sanborn each finished with 12 points; Sanborn drained four 3-pointers on the night, leading an Earlham squad that was 10-of-20 from beyond the arc.

Zolman finished with a team-high seven rebounds, while Blake Bonin had eight assists.

The Maroon and White shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the field but was outperformed by a Wilmington side that connected at a 51.9 percent (28-of-54) clip.

Defensively, Earlham forced Wilmington into committing 16 turnovers, resulting in 24 points for the Maroon and White. EC finished with a mere six turnovers, its fewest through five games this season.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Wilmington led by as many as 15 points, 25-10, midway through the first half, before Earlham began to chip away at the Ohio Quakers' lead. With WC leading 27-15 at the 6:16 mark of the first half, the Maroon and White went on a 14-3 run that featured three Thomas Sanborn 3-pointers and one trey by Jamel Barnes Jr., cutting the margin to one point.

Earlham eventually tied the game at 35-35 with 2:02 to play in the first half on a Conner Hubbard layup, but Wilmington pulled away for a 41-35 lead at the halftime break.

The Maroon and White overtook Wilmington again on a 3-point play by Zolman, giving Earlham a 51-50 lead. The Green and White regained the lead and held it until the final minute, setting the table for Zolman late heroics to lift Earlham to the victory.

WHAT'S NEXT

Earlham men's basketball will open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 4, when it travels to Lexington, Ky., to face Transylvania University. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.