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 by Gary Stepp

Trevor Tiller

Trevor Tiller

The Alice Lloyd Eagles journeyed to Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday to face the defending conference champion Cincinnati Christian University Eagles. The home team held on to earn a 78-66 victory.

In the first half, CCU took control early and raced out to a 28-16 lead with 5:55 remaining. The visiting Eagles would chip away some, but still trail at the half by seven (33-26).

In the second half, the visitors opened on an 11-6 run to reduce the deficit to just two (39-37) with 14:55 remaining.

Forced to respond, the hosts went on a 13-5 run over the next five minutes to build the cushion back to ten points (52-42). Alice Lloyd would get within six (58-52) with 5:15 remaining on two Dondre Warren charity tosses, but could get no closer.

For ALC (11-15; 6-5 KIAC), Trevor Tiller tossed in a game high 21 points on 7-13 field goals. Cody Stumbo and Austin Crisp each chipped in with 10. Crisp also paced the squad with 6 rebounds.

For CCU (19-9; 7-4 KIAC), Mitch McLeish led a balanced attack with 15 points.

On the night, Alice Lloyd shot 41.9% from the floor (18-43) including 45.5% from long range (5-11). CCU shot 47.2% from the floor (25-53), and 31.6% from long distance (6-19).

 Alice Lloyd hit 80.6% of their free-throws (25-31) compared to the hosts 78.6 % (22-28). The victors also won the crucial battle of the boards, 33-22.

The Eagles return to action on Saturday as they face the Brescia University Bearcats. Tipoff is scheduled for 3pm.