Wooster, Ohio - The Alma College men's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting squad from Worchester Polytechnic Institute (MA) on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots fell to the Engineers by an 88-65 margin in the consolation game of the E.M. "Mose" Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic on the campus of the College of Wooster.
Sophomore Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) led the Scots (3-8 overall) with 12 points and tied a season-high with four three-pointers as Alma hit 40 percent of its three-pointers in the game. Senior Rob Holmes (Ada, Mich./Rockford) and junior Doug Bradfield (Mason, Mich./Mason) were the only other Scots in double-figures, with each player scoring 10 points. Holmes led the team in rebounding, pulling down six boards. Bradfield was named to the all-tournament team after back-to-back games with 10 or more points and a total of four blocks in the two contests.
WPI (6-5) was led by Reid Walker's game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Engineers hit over 56 percent of their shots from the field, including 48 percent of their three-point attempts.
How It Happened
- In the first half, neither team could build more than a five-point advantage as Alma and WPI shot over 50 percent from the floor. Six lead changes took place over the first 20 minutes, with the Engineers grabbing the lead for good with 4:52 remaining. Alma cut the deficit to one point on a layup by Rob Holmes with six seconds to play in the half, but a three-pointer at the buzzer by WPI sent the Engineers into the break with a 40-36 lead.
- WPI opened the second half with back-to-back baskets to gain a nine-point lead at 45-36 just under a minute into the frame. Alma cut the deficit to three off of back-to-back three-pointers by Ryan Stevens and Steven Harvey, but the Engineers responded with a 19-6 run to open up a 16-point lead at 64-48 with 10:47 to play. WPI maintained its advantage from there, cruising to victory behind 62 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.
- Alma's 65 points snapped a four-game streak where the Scots had scored 80 or more points.
- Steven Harvey tied a season-high with four three-pointers and reached double figures for the third time this season.
- Doug Bradfield has scored 10 or more points in his last six games.
- Rob Holmes netted 10 points, marking the first time in his career that he has posted double-figures in back-to-back games.
The Scots will open the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association portion of their schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 3, traveling to Kalamazoo College for a 7:30 p.m. matchup. Alma will wrap up the first week of conference play on Saturday, Jan. 6, with a 3 p.m. contest against Calvin College at Art Smith Arena.