Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Eagles saw four players hit double-figures as they led from start to finish in defeating the visiting Midway University Eagles, 95-83. The River States Conference matchup was held on Tuesday, February 12.
In the first stanza, the hosts would grab their first double-digit lead of the night (20-10), following two free throws from sophomore guard Noah Young at the 13:06 mark.
Midway would get to within 28-24 before the host Eagles went on a roll and closed the half on a 21-13 spurt. The hometown squad would take a 49-37 advantage at intermission when Young connected just before the buzzer.
In the second half, ALC would see junior guard Blake Smith and freshman forward Will Philpot step up. Smith would personally open the period by scoring ten points in the first six minutes to propel his club on a 19-8 blitz.
When the dust settled at the 13:56 juncture, the host Eagles lead had reached its zenith (68-49), and the Caney Creek squad appeared home-free.
However, Midway guard Kaleb Britt would have none of that as he helped spark his club on a massive run.
When Britt sank a jumper with 8:11 remaining, it would cap off a 21-6 burst. Suddenly, Alice Lloyd’s lead was reduced to just four (74-70).
Fortunately for the nervous fans in attendance, Smith and Young would combine to score the next six points, and give ALC some breathing room (80-70).
Philpot then came through with several big hustle buckets, and his board work helped Alice Lloyd pull away for the nice victory.
For ALC (12-16; 6-11 RSC), they were led by Smith with 29 big points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds to complete the double-double. Young would come up with 17 points and also lead the squad with 4 assists and 3 steals.
Philpot had a career game as he pumped in 17 points and scraped his way to his own double-double. He hauled down a game high 14 rebounds and capped off his night by adding 2 steals.
Junior forward Chance Cornett, plagued by foul problems most of the night, still managed 10 points, while senior forward Simon Christon added 9 rebounds.
The Eagles connected on 44.9% (31-69) from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from long range. They hit 82.4% (28-34) from the foul line and added 50 rebounds, 11 assists
MU (12-15; 5-12 RSC) was led by Britt with 26 points. His club connected on 40% (28-70) from the field including 35.7% (10-28) from long range. They hit 69.2% (18-26) from the foul line and added 34 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals.
ALC takes to the road Thursday, February 14th, for the final conference contest of the season as they face Asbury University. Tipoff is set for 7:30 pm. They will return home on Saturday, February 16th to hold Senior Day against Kentucky Christian University at 3:00 PM.