Angola, Ind. - The Alma College men's basketball team fell just short in a shootout at Trine University's new MTI Center, falling by a 100-97 margin in overtime to the Thunder.
Senior Rob Holmes (Ada, Mich./Rockford) scored the game-tying basket with five seconds remaining in regulation, and almost tied the game at the end of overtime, as he connected on a three-point shot at the buzzer that was waved off. Holmes led the Scots with a career-high 26 points, including a career-best five three-pointers.
Alma (6-12 overall, 3-4 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) was led by senior Kevin Scheibert (Sanford, Mich./Sanford-Meridian), who netted 16 points, while sophomore Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) and junior Kevin Gamble (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart) each posted 14 points. Gamble led the team in rebounding with 10 for his second career double-double.
Senior Arthell Rosquist (Zion, Ill./Warren Township) also recorded double-figures with 10 points for his highest scoring output since transferring to Alma.
Both teams shot 50 percent or better from the floor, including 45 percent from the three-point line, as neither team could gain a sizable advantage in the game.
Maurice Hunter and Myles Copland led the Thunder (9-9, 5-2 MIAA) with 27 and 26 points, respectively, while Hunter led all players with 12 rebounds.
How It Happened
- Alma led by as many as eight points in the first half before Trine went on a 9-0 run to take the lead at 40-49 with 5:35 to play in the opening half.
- The teams traded leads nine times in the final five minutes of the half, while Kevin Scheibert hit a three-pointer as time expired in the first half to give Alma a 51-49 advantage.
- Trine opened up a five point lead in the second half with a 7-0 run to open the stanza and led by as many as seven points in the second half, holding a 63-56 advantage with 16:34 to play.
- Alma began to chop away at the deficit from there, putting together a 14-6 run and taking the lead at 70-69 when Steven Harvey hit a three-pointer with 12:05 remaining. The Scots led by as many as five points down the stretch and held an 83-78 led with 5:43 to play before Trine responded with a 10-3 run, taking the lead at 88-86 with 1:05 left.
- Ryan Stevens missed a three-point shot with eight seconds left, but a put-back by Rob Holmes with five seconds remaining tied the game. Trine's Pete Smith missed a three as time expired in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
- In overtime, Trine got out to a four-point lead but the Scots came back to take a 95-94 advantage with 54 seconds left after Luke Lamoreaux hit a shot. The Thunder responded with a three by Pete Smith to go back up by two points, then Smith added a pair of free throws to lead 99-95 with 12 seconds left.
- Ryan Stevens made it a one-possession game with eight seconds left with a layup, but Smith made one of his two free throws to put Trine back up by three at 100-97 with five seconds left.
- The Thunder fouled Ryan Stevens, who missed the front end of a one-and-one with three seconds left, then fouled Stevens again with one second left. Stevens missed the free throw, and the ball went out of bounds with 0.3 seconds left on the clock, setting up Alma's final attempt to tie the game.
- With the loss, Alma falls into a tie for fifth place in the MIAA standings after the first half of conference play. The Scots and Albion College are tied with 3-4 records, while Hope College is in fourth place with a 4-3 mark. Adrian College, Olivet College and Trine are all tied for first with 5-2 slates.
- Alma's 16 three-pointers were a season-high.
- Rob Holmes' 26 points was a career-high and the highest point total by a Scot this season. In addition, it was Holmes' first career 20-point game. He also hit a career-high five three pointers.
- Kevin Scheibert has scored 16 or more points in four straight games.
- Arthell Rosquist's 10 points marked his highest scoring total since joining the program.
- Kevin Gamble posted a season-high 10 rebounds and recorded his first double-double of the year.
- Ryan Stevens called eight assists and become the eighth player in program history to record 200 or more career helpers. Stevens has 201 assists after tonight's game.
Alma opens the second half of conference play on Saturday, Jan. 27, welcoming Kalamazoo College to Art Smith Arena. The Scots won the first meeting with the Hornets, 78-43, on January 3 in Kalamazoo. Opening tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Art Smith Arena on the campus of Alma College.