by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Eagles were back on their home court Tuesday, January 14th, to host the Berea College Mountaineers. It was a close contest for much of the game, but unfortunately, the hosts faded down the stretch in the second half, falling 79-67.
ALC had high hopes coming into this game to not only win, but to build momentum before going on the road for the next couple of weeks. It was a seesaw battle throughout the first half with neither team building a lead bigger than six points. Most of the game’s ten lead changes took place in the first half, and by intermission, the teams were knotted at 28.
It would be a different story for the Eagles in the second half.
For the first twelve minutes, the game remained tightly contested. After this, however, Alice Lloyd wasn’t able to convert on the offensive end, which led to the Mountaineers getting big transition buckets. Alice Lloyd was only down by six when Tyler Rogers was slapped with a technical foul. It was a definite momentum swing, and Berea was able to take advantage of ALC’s smaller lineup late in the second half, extending their lead to double digits to preserve the victory.
For Alice Lloyd (8-8, 3-2 KIAC), Stuart Stamper continued his terrific output on offense. The senior forward had 25 points on 11-for-16 shooting. Cody Stumbo proved to be reliable yet again as he hauled in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Sophomore Cody Malicoat chipped in with 10 points.
Berea’s (10-6, 3-3 KIAC) Daishon Robinson showed why he is one of the conference’s top scorers, producing 26 points.
The overall shooting was similar for both teams as Alice Lloyd shot 46% from the field while Berea shot at about 48%. The difference in the game came down to free throws: Berea made more visits to the line, making 10 of their 18 charity tosses, while ALC only connected on 5 of its 8 tries.
Alice Lloyd now goes on the road for a five-game stretch. They will play the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (SLCOP) on Friday, January 17th, at Asbury. That game tips at 8 PM. Then, they will head to Indiana University Southeast on January 18th for a game scheduled to begin at 4 PM.