Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's basketball team dropped a 96-86 decision to ninth-ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday (Dec. 3) at Art Smith Arena.
Sophomore Preston Laketa (Concord, Mich./Hanover-Horton) came off the bench to lead the Scots (1-4 overall) with 19 points and hit a team-high five three-pointers as the Scots combined to shoot a season-high 51.5 percent from the floor. Junior Kevin Gamble (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart) also scored 19 points and made a career-best four three-pointers. Gamble led all players with 16 points in the first half.
Senior Kevin Scheibert (Sanford, Mich./Sanford-Meridian) netted a career-high 16 points, while senior Rob Holmes (Ada, Mich./Rockford) also set a career-best with 12 points. Sophomore Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) rounded out the top scorers for Alma with 11 points, all scored in the second half.
Laketa paced the Scots with six rebounds, while sophomore Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich./Lowell) dished out a team-high eight assists.
Wash U (5-1) was led by Jake Knupp and Andrew Sanders, who scored 26 points apiece.
How It Happened
- Both teams kept close in the early part of the first half before Wash U put together a 10-4 run to go up by seven points with 10:37 to play. The Scots responded with a run of their own, outscoring the Bears 19-6 to gain a six-point advantage at 34-28 with 5:52 remaining. Kevin Gamble fueled the run, hitting four three three-pointers during the stretch scoring 14 of his 16 first-half points.
- Wash U ended the half with a 16-5 stretch in the final five minutes to regain the lead for good and go up by a 46-39 margin at the break.
- In the second half, the Scots kept within a single-digit deficit until the Bears opened up a 10-2 to gain a 14-point advantage. Alma answered with a 10-2 run of its own to pull back within seven points with 10 minutes to play in the game, but Wash U went back up by double-digits as part of a 9-3 run to lead, 80-69, with just over six minutes left.
- The Bears kept the Scots at bay from that point, making all 10 of their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
- Alma shot 51.5 percent from the field - a season high. The Scots have shot 50 percent or better in each of their last two games.
- The Bears out-rebounded the Scots, 46-28 and pulled down 22 offensive rebounds.
- Rob Holmes netted a career-high 12 points, marking the first double-digit scoring total of his career.
- Kevin Scheibert also tallied a career-high 16 points, topping his previous best of 12, achieved twice last season.
The Scots are idle until Friday, Dec. 15, when their welcome North Central College to Art Smith Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.