by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd Eagles returned to the Grady Nutt Athletic Center on Friday to face the defending conference champion Cincinnati Christian University Eagles. The visitors controlled the contest to earn a 78-60 victory.
In the first half, the game was nip and tuck throughout the first ten minutes. Leading by just two (14-12), CCU would control the remainder of the half. When their point guard CJ McCommons sank a long range bomb with 7 seconds remaining, it gave his team 35-24 lead at intermission.
In the second half, the visitors scored the first seven point of the half to leap ahead by eighteen (42-24) with 17:30 remaining.
The hosts tried to respond as they went on a 22-16 run over the next nine minutes to reduce the deficit to twelve (58-46).
Unfortunately for the home team, sparked by big man Kenny Gaynor, the guests went on a 13-4 spurt over the next three minutes to put the game out of reach.
For ALC (10-14; 5-4 KIAC), Tyler Rogers and Trevor Tiller each tossed in 11 points. Cody Stumbo chipped in with 10. Rogers led the night with 8 rebounds, while Austin Crisp had 4 assists.
For CCU (17-7; 5-2 KIAC), Gaynor led all scorers with 17 points.
On the night, Alice Lloyd shot 41.2% from the floor (30-59) including 40.9% from long range (6-19). CCU shot 50.8% from the floor (30-59), and 40.9% from long distance (9-22).
Alice Lloyd hit 75% of their free-throws (12-16) compared to the hosts 81.8% (9-11). The visitors also won the battle of the boards, 32-25.
The Eagles return to action on Saturday as they face the Asbury University Eagles. Tipoff is scheduled for 4pm.