Wooster, Ohio - The Alma College men's basketball team dropped an 85-82 decision in overtime to Emory & Henry College (VA) in the first game of the E.M. "Mose" Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic at the College of Wooster.
The Scots (3-7 overall) had a chance to break a 69-69 tie with 49 seconds to play, but a basket from just inside the three-point line was waived off due to a shot clock violation. Down two 84-82 in overtime, sophomore Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich./Lowell) missed a three-point shot with six seconds left that would have given Alma the lead.
Senior Kevin Scheibert (Sanford, Mich./Sanford-Meridian) led the Scots with 15 points as five players reached double-figures. Stevens dished out a career-high 12 assists - the most by an Alma played since 1989 - and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.
Senior Doug Bradfield (Mason, Mich./Mason) netted 13 points, hitting five of his six shots, including three of his four three-point attempts, while senior Rob Holmes (Ada, Mich./Rockford) came off the bench to score 12 points. Junior Kevin Gamble (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart) and sophomore Luke Lamoreaux (Sterling Heights, Mich./Stevenson) rounded out the top scorers, tallying 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Emory & Henry (10-0) remained perfect on the season behind 26 points from John Shelor, while Colin Molden scored 22 points.
How It Happened
- Emory and Henry led by six points - it's largest of the game - in the first half, up 16-10 just under six minutes into the game. Alma put together a 6-0 run to tie the game at 16-16 with 12:29 to play. The teams kept within three points of each other for the remainder of the stanza, with Alma edging out the Wasps, 36-35, at the break.
- In the second half, Alma built a 45-39 advantage before Emory & Henry tied the game at 47-47 with 11:14 to play in regulation. The two teams played within one basket of each other until Alma gained a 62-56 lead with 5:19 to play on a three-pointer by Doug Bradfield.
- The Scots were up by two points at 69-67 with 1:33 to play before the Wasps tied the game at 69-69 with 1:23 left in the half. Neither team could connect on a winning basket, as the Scots turned the ball over on a shot clock violation and missed a shot with 34 seconds to play, while Emory & Henry went 0-4 in its scoring attempts in the final 39 seconds.
- In overtime, the Wasps gained a six-point lead at 82-76 with 1:38 left in the game before Alma mounted a comeback attempt, with Bradfield and Kevin Scheibert hitting three-pointers to cut the deficit to 84-82 with 56 seconds left. Alma had a chance to win the game, but Ryan Stevens missed a three-point shot with six seconds to play and the Scots were forced to foul with three seconds left.
- The game marked the Scots' first overtime game of the year.
- The Scots tied a season-high with 15 three-pointers.
- Alma made .875 of its free-throw attempts (7-8), a season-best. The Scots are .700 or better from the line in four of the last five games.
- Luke Lamoreaux recorded a career-high three steals and made a season-best four free-throws. He also saw a career-best 36 minutes of action. He has also scored 10 or more points in his last two outings.
- Ryan Stevens posted a career-high 12 assists, the second-most in tournament history and the most at the event since 1975. In addition, his assist total was third-highest in Alma history and the most by a Scot since 1989.
- Stevens also recorded a career-high nine rebounds and played a career-best 42 minutes.
- Kevin Scheibert hit a career-high three three-pointers.
- Kevin Gamble dished out a career-high five assists and made a season-high two blocks. He also reached double-figures for the fourth straight game.
- Doug Bradfield has hit double figures in each of his last five contests.
The Scots will face either Worchester Polytechnic Institute (MA) or the College of Wooster (OH) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, in the consolation game of the E.M. "Mose" Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic.