The Scots Men's Basketball team completed their non-MIAA schedule this evening when they traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to take on host Baldwin-Wallace. Alma dropped a very competitive game by a score of 89-81 and now have a record of 4-7 this season, while the host Yellow Jackets improved to 8-3 in 2011-12.
"We played a very big and physical team on the road today and even though we lost the game, we got better today," said Scots Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "We showed toughness getting down in the first half by ten points and tying it at halftime. Even though we didn't shoot to our standards, I was proud of the fact we hung in there with better rebounding and by not turning the ball over as much."
The Yellow Jackets opened scoring at the 19:50 and the Scots came right back to tie it on a jumper by So. G Brandon Krause (Sanford, Mich./Meridian) at 19:37 and took the lead at 4-2 with a jumper by senior forward Sr. F Tommy Erickson Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba) at 18:16. After Baldwin-Wallace tied it 6-6, Erickson gave Alma the lead at 9-6 when he scored, was fouled and made a free throw at 16:57. A 5-0 home team run gave the Jackets a 11-9 lead at 15:59, but the lead was short-lived as there were three lead changes and ties at 21-21 and 24-24.
The Yellow Jackets then hit three three-pointers in a row to take a 33-24 advantage at 8:38. After a lay-up ran the streak to 11 straight points and pushed the lead to 35-24 at 6:33, Krause ended the run with a layup at 5:29 to make it 35-26. Another 6-0 run by the Yellow Jackets increased their advantage to 15 points at 41-26 with 3:16 left. But three Alma shots from beyond the arc and three more layups accounted for a 15-0 run and tied it at 41-41 heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Alma regained the lead at the 18:29 mark at 42-41 when Erickson made one of two foul shots. Baldwin-Wallace ended Alma's 16-0 run with a layup at 16:16 for a 43-42 lead but Krause gave the advantage back to the Scots with his own layup at 16:00.
The Yellow Jackets again took a lead in the back and forth affair, when they completed a three-point play for a 46-44 lead. After another foul shot at 14:53 gave the home team a 47-44 lead, So. F Jake Murawske (Harbor Beach, Mich./ Harbor Beach) made a layup to make it a one-point game at 47-46.
After the team traded baskets, Sr. G Cory Schneider (Carson City, Mich./Carson City-Crystal) made a three-pointer to cut the deficit 57-54 with 9:18 left. But the home team went on a bit of a run and grew their lead to nine points at 69-60 at 5:52.
When Baldwin-Wallace followed their own miss and scored with 4:44 left, B-W had its biggest lead at 71-60. But Alma wasn't done yet. The Scots went on an 11-6 run to cut the lead to six points at 77-71 with 1:35 left when Krause made two foul shots.
But the Yellow Jackets completed a three-point play to put the lead back at 80-71 with 1:03 left and were able to escape with the hard-fought victory.
Erickson led the Scots with 19 points and six rebounds, while Krause finished with 16 points on the evening. Jr. G Greg Silverthorn (Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd) had nine points, six rebounds and two assists and Jr. Lance Jongekrijg (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) added 10 points and a team-high four assists.