by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Eagles were back in action on Friday, January 17th, and Saturday, January 18th, as they faced conference rivals St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Indiana University Southeast. Here’s a look at how each game turned out.
Alice Lloyd’s first game of the weekend was played at Asbury University in nearby Wilmore, Kentucky. The Eagles came into this matchup looking to avoid back-to-back losses, having lost their previous game to Berea.
The St. Louis College of Pharmacy, in their first game of conference action, was obviously determined to make a statement in this bout with ALC. The Eutectics played a spirited first half of basketball, keeping things close throughout. When the dust settled in this competitive opening half of play, Alice Lloyd went into intermission leading by only four points (44-40).
Second half action saw ALC’s mettle being strongly tested. The score remained tight with St. Louis matching ALC bucket for bucket, eventually outscoring Alice Lloyd 41-40. However, the Eagles refused to go down, putting six players in double figures as they held on for the victory.
ALC (9-7, 4-3 KIAC) was led by Tyler Rogers with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks. It would take a total team effort, though, to put away their rivals on this night. Tyler Brewer picked up 13 points, 5 steals, and 4 assists; guards Isaac Wilson and Jordan Adkins each contributed 12 points; Stuart Stamper, normally Alice Lloyd’s hot hand, tallied 11 points to go with 4 assists; and Cody Stumbo produced some nice numbers with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Dan Hemann guided the way for the Eutectics (6-7, 0-2 KIAC) as the big man had 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Alice Lloyd’s free throw shooting saved the day as the Eagles went 21 of 26 (80.8%) from the charity stripe, while SLCOP struggled at the line, going 12 for 19 (63.2%).
The Eagles crossed the border into New Albany, Indiana on Saturday, January 18th, to battle the top team in the league, the Grenadiers of IU Southeast.
Alice Lloyd got off to an impressive start, scoring 11 of the game’s first 13 points. IU Southeast was unfazed by this, however, as the home team stormed back to even the score at 21 with 9:46 remaining in the first half. The Grenadiers expanded their lead by as many as twelve points before settling for a 43-33 halftime margin.
The Eagles fought hard to get back into the game in the second half. ALC slashed the deficit down to six (59-53) with 10:26 remaining in the contest. Unfortunately, this would be as close as Alice Lloyd would get as IU Southeast increased their lead to fourteen with six minutes to play. In the waning stages, the Grenadiers were able to hold onto the ball and run out the clock.
For Alice Lloyd (9-8, 4-3 KIAC), Tyler Rogers produced a double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 boards. Jordan Adkins tossed in 13 points.
IU Southeast’s (13-3, 7-0 KIAC) Jake Simpson had 22 points to lead all scorers.
The Grenadiers scored over half of their final tally in the paint. Another huge factor in the outcome of this game was free throw shooting. IU Southeast shot 35 free throws in the contest, making 22 of them. Alice Lloyd visited the line 18 times, but made only half of their attempts.
The Eagles continue their road swing on Tuesday, January 21st, versus Asbury University. The game will tip at 7 PM. UPDATE: The Asbury game has been postponed due to hazardous weather conditions.