Canton, OH: The Alice Lloyd Eagles faced their stiffest test of the young season as they traveled to Canton, Ohio to face NCAA II powerhouse Malone University. The Pioneers jumped out to a commanding lead early and earned an impressive 97-60 victory.
The Pioneers came out of the gates on fire shooting over 63% from the field and knocking down six of 11 three-pointers over the first 20 minutes. On the defensive end, they smothered the Eagles and built a 32-9 cushion by the ten minute mark. When the buzzer sounded to signal intermission, Malone led 45-29.
In the second half, ALC battled. The visitors used used an 11-4 scoring run to cut the deficit to 14 at 62-48 midway through the second half following a bucket from freshman guard Timmy Dalton.
Unfortunately, the hosts would flex their muscle and go on a quick 9-0 run, and MU was never seriously threatened again.
For Alice Lloyd, Dalton would lead the way as he tossed in 20 points. The only other player to reach double figures was fellow freshman guard Noah Young, who came off the bench to add 11.
Dalton along with senior guard Austin Crisp led the way with 6 rebounds apiece while Crisp handed off 4 assists. Dalton and sophomore forward Ian Lee each had 2 steals.
Malone (4-1) was led by guard Ty Jordan with a game high 21 points
The Eagles, who entered the game averaging 106 points per outing, struggled to get going all night against the Pioneer defense, hitting just 28.9% of their field goals and six of 27 (22.2%) treys. They also only attempted 9 free throws, sinking 6 (66%). This contrasts with the Pioneers, who shot 57.7% from the field (30 of 52), and 13 of 25 three-pointers (.520). Additionally, they shot the ball well at the line, sinking 24 of 29 (82.8%) free throws.
ALC had 35 rebounds. 10 assists, and 6 steals while the victors snagged 50 boards, dished off 23 assists, and had 11 steals.
Alice Lloyd returns to the hardwood next Tuesday when they host the Cincinnati Christian Eagles in River States Conference action. Tip-off is set for 7:30.