Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Eagles got a massive game from Blake Smith as well as inspired play from big man Colyn Sturgill, and defeated the visiting Midway University Eagles, 89-80. The River States Conference matchup was held on Tuesday, January 14th.
MU entered the contest hot, having won three consecutive games. In the first half, the two squads traded buckets. With 4:57 on the clock and the hosts clinging to a 27-26 advantage, Smith would take over. First, he would drain a trifecta. On the next possession, he would get a steal and feed senior guard Ian Lee for a vicious dunk. Finally, he would score on a tough drive. When Sturgill later capitalized on a strong post move, ALC led 36-27 with 3:28 remaining. The host Eagles would settle for a 41-33 advantage at intermission.
In the second half, Alice Lloyd would see Smith rise once more. With the scoreboard reading 43-34, the athletic guard would score nine consecutive points in a 9-2 burst to lift his club to their largest lead of the night (52-36).
The men from Caney Creek would maintain a 10-16-point advantage the majority of the way, even though Midway refused to go down quietly. The visiting Eagles would get as close as 77-70 with 2:05 remaining, but eight consecutive Smith free throws would help to keep the visitors at bay.
For ALC (9-9; 3-3 RSC), they were led by Smith who exploded for 40 big points. He sank 13-22 field goals (2-6 3FG) and added 12-15 from the charity stripe. He also led the squad by grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing off a season-high 5 assists. For good measure, he added 1 steal and contributed a powerful dunk in his virtuoso performance.
Sturgill was big all night as he swished 7-10 field goals to finish with 16 points. He also chipped in with 3 assists and 3 rebounds while displaying solid interior defense. Senior guard Ian Lee led the team with 3 steals.
The Eagles connected on 44.3% (31-70) from the field and 27.8% (5-18) from long range. They hit 75.9% (22-29) from the foul line and added 43 rebounds, 13 assists, and 7 steals.
MU (9-8; 3-3 RSC) was led by Kwon Evans with 19 points. His club connected on 39.7% (29-68) from the field including 39.3% (11-28) from long range. They hit 68.2% (15-22) from the foul line and added 44 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.
ALC takes to the road Saturday, January 18th, for another huge conference matchup at Asbury University. Tipoff is for 3:00 PM.