Scots fall to Emory & Henry in OT, 85-82

Scots fall to Emory & Henry in OT, 85-82

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. 

Noteables

  • 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. 

Up Next

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. 

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