by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Eagles hosted the Kentucky Christian Knights on Tuesday, November 5th. ALC, coming off a win over Union College, was able to increase their lead in the second half as the home team would take the victory, 94-82. The game was played at Alice Lloyd’s Grady Nutt Athletic Center.
The Eagles’ mettle would be tested in a big way against the Knights as senior forward Stuart Stamper was unable to play due to an illness and sophomore Tyler Rogers exited the game with an injury. Before he left, the Eagles had seized the momentum with a big dunk early in the game. Once the star forward departed, KCU was able to take the lead and hold it for a little while. Rattled, the Eagles continued to fight, storming back to take a 42-39 halftime advantage.
Coach J.R. Hammond challenged his team during halftime, and in the second stanza, ALC responded brilliantly. While the game stayed close for the first ten minutes, Alice Lloyd (2-0, 0-0 KIAC) was able to make shots in the latter moments while they shut down the Knights on the defensive end. Teams that live by the three also die by it, and on this night, Kentucky Christian (0-3) faded thanks to the Eagles’ great defense.
Kuron Mitchell, Stamper’s replacement in the starting lineup, played a fantastic game as the sophomore guard produced 24 points and generated 4 steals. Cody Stumbo recorded 19 points while Nick Litton had 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Tyler Farley was Kentucky Christian’s leading scorer with 21 points.
ALC went 32 for 66 from the field (48.5%) while KCU shot 29 for 67 (43.3%), attempting a staggering 29 three pointers and making 8 of them (27.6%). The Eagles shot 6 for 20 (30%) from beyond the arc.
The Eagles will next see action in the BB&T Basketball Classic, which will be played at the Pikeville Expo Center. ALC faces Virginia Intermont on Friday, November 8th, at 6 PM, and West Virginia Tech on Saturday, November 9th, also at 6 PM.
UPDATE ON TYLER ROGERS: It has been reported that Rogers dislocated his kneecap. MRI results show no tears. He’s expected to be out for 2-3 weeks.