Pippa Passes, KY: Playing their second game in as many days, the Alice Lloyd College Eagles dug deep and pulled out an impressive 71-66 win over the visiting Carolina University Bruins The contest was played Tuesday, November 23rd.
In the first half, the Bruins came ready to play as they quickly raced out to a 15-2 lead with 15:18 showing. However, sparked by the bench play from the sophomore duo of guard Ben Soumahoro and forward Noah Caudill, the Eagles responded.
Over the next ten minutes, the home squad would go on a 22-10 run, capped off by a highlight reel dunk from Soumahoro to get within one (25-24) at the 5:05 mark. However, Alice Lloyd was not finished.
ALC would ride that momentum and close the half with another burst (12-2) to take a 36-27 lead at intermission. Over the final 15:00 of the first stanza, the total blitz would be 34-12.
In the second half, the Caney Creek crew saw the Bruins answer back as they unleashed a vicious 15-0 burst of their own straight out of the locker room in just 3:30 to sprint ahead 42-36. Incredibly, once again, the Pippa Passes boys would answer.
Alice Lloyd would keep things tight and finally regain the advantage at 10:41 following a steal and layup from junior guard Bryce Slone (53-51). They would never trail again.
They would eventually extend the lead to twelve (65:53) at 7:52 following a beautiful tip-in from sophomore guard Cumecus Cates. From that juncture, the hometown crew would hold the advantage until the final buzzer sounded to reward them with the big victory.
For the victors (7-0) Soumahoro sank 8-16 shots and finished with 18 points. He also nabbed 4 steals. Cates would provide 12 points on 5-8 shooting and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Philpot contributed 11 points to the cause.
Senior guard Noah Young and Slone would contribute 3 assists apiece while Young chipped in with 8 points. Caudill led in rebounds with 9 and added 7 points to the tally. Junior center Colyn Sturgill grabbed 7 more boards.
Alice Lloyd shot 46.9 % (30-64) from the floor and 29.4 % (5-17) from behind the arc. They finished 54.5% (6-11) from the foul line. They also gained 34 rebounds, while adding 9 assists, 11 steals, and 3 blocks.
Carolina (5-3) was led by Kester Ofoegbu with 22 points. His squad shot 42.2% (27-64) from the floor, and 33.3% (8-24) from behind the arc. They finished 36.4% (4-11) from the foul line, and also had 44 rebounds, 12 assists, and 5 steals.
The Eagles return to the hardwood after Thanksgiving in a doubleheader with the Lady Eagles. On Tuesday, November 30th, both teams host Midway University in a big conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm.