WILMORE, KY - The Men and Women's Basketball programs traveled to Asbury University for KIAC Conference action. After coming off of a tough loss from CCU, the Men's basketball team looked to increase there 10-4 Conference record. A Marquis Jackson (JR/Cleveland, OH) 3 pointer at the end took a high bounce that looked to never come down off the rim, but wouldn't fall as the buzzer sounds to a 73-76 Asbury win. For the women, they come off a big win at CCU in KIAC play, looked to increase their conference record as well. Their result would be similar to the men, dropping their game to Asbury
Men's Game Notes
-Asbury is now 7-9 in conference play and sits in fourth in the KIAC Capital Division just ahead of IU-Southeast at 5-9 with their two games to play.
-Ohio Christian dropped to 20-9 on the season and 10-5 in KIAC play. This is their first season in the KIAC and NAIA and thus are not eligible for postseason play.
-In the statistical category that mattered the most for the Eagles, the score, they won out in the game but in nearly ever other whole number category they surrendered a slight edge to their opponents. OCU led 34-30 in boards, 16-13 in assists, and 7-3 in steals on the night.
-The Eagles had the better shooting night though. For the game Asbury shot 52.0 percent as a team, 45.5 percent from deep, and 87.5 percent from the charity stripe. Compare those numbers to OCU's (43.3/28.1/66.7) and the Eagles held the edge in the proficiency category.
-With Thompson's 23 off the bench the Eagles badly outscored the OCU bench 48-7.
-The Eagles are now a perfect 10-0 against Ohio Christian since December 9, 2005.
Women's Game Notes
-Asbury got off to a rough start as their shots weren't initially falling and they found themselves a little more turnover prone than usual. The Trailblazers went on a 10-4 run to start the game, but AU eventually cut the lead and brought it to a 14-14 tie to close out the quarter.
-The Eagles turned things around in quarter number two; starting out on a 10-0 run to make it 24-14 three minutes in. They maintained the lead the rest of the quarter, but OCU was able to cut it slightly to a one point lead with six seconds left, but Lizzie Hoffa hit a three pointer with two seconds left to put the score at 31-27, halftime.
-In the third quarter there were just a couple of lead changes, but the Asbury women finished out the quarter with the lead 47-42.
-In the fourth, AU kept up a lead that swung from three to 10 points, but in the end the Eagles hit seven straight free throws to hold off Ohio Christian, 68-60.
-AU did struggle uncharacteristically with 24 turnovers, but they spread the ball well with 11 assists
-The Eagles had the advantage in rebounding, grabbing 36 to OCU's 27.
-In all, the biggest difference came from the free throw line. Asbury went to the line a total of 30 times, draining 24 of those attempts, while the Trailblazers were only able to connect on eight of their 14 attempts.
The Men's and Women's Basketball teams is back in action on Saturday as they face off with Alice Lloyd in KIAC Conference Action.