Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Eagles faced the nationally ranked, and highly regarded, Campbellsville University Tigers on Tuesday night. The hot-shooting visitors got off to a blazing start and won the 88-60 victory.
Campbellsville entered the contest ranked 21st in the NAIA DI national poll and came out determined to prove they were deserving of their lofty ranking. From the tipoff, the Tigers came ready to play as it seemed they could not miss. CU poured in 11 points in the first 4:30 of the opening half to stun the home fans and race out to a quick 11-2 lead. Fortunately, the Eagles fought back and responded with an impressive 15-6 burst to tie the contest at 17-17 with 11:18 showing. However, the Tigers would answer. ALC would see several players get in foul trouble and UC would close the half on a big 26-12 run. They would enter intermission leading 43-29 In the second half, the home club would get within 15 points, but back-to-back triples led the visitors on another run, and they were never threatened again.
For the Eagles (4-3), three players reached double figures. They were led in scoring by junior guard Noah Young with 12 points. Senior guard Blake Smith and freshman forward Jared Strickland both contributed 11 points. Sophomore guard Bryce Slone added 9 points and led the squad with 2 steals. Sophomore forward Will Philpot grabbed 6 rebounds while freshman guard Cameron Worrix handed off 3 assists.
Alice Lloyd shot just 32.9% (23-70) from the floor and finished 25.9% (7-27) from behind the arc. They connected on 70% (7-10) from the foul line, and also added 39 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals.
CU, (3-2) was led in scoring by Alston Tucker and Justin Davis, each with 15 points. Their club finished shooting 47.1 % (32-68) from the floor and was accurate from deep, finishing at 50% (12-24). They shot 70% (12-17) from the foul line, and also added 47 rebounds, 14 assists, and 6 steals.
ALC is off until next week when they return to the hardwood for three away games. On Tuesday, November 19th, they play NCAA DI Eastern Kentucky University in an exhibition match at 7:00 in the DC Classic. They then travel to Wise, Virginia on Friday to square off with NCAA DII UVa-Wise at 7:00 pm. They close out the week on Saturday as they journey to Louisville to face NCCAA opponent, Boyce College at 2:00 pm.