Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's basketball team scored a crucial victory on Saturday (Feb. 3) afternoon in Art Smith Arena as the Scots defeated Albion College, 89-85, to remain in the race for the MIAA Tournament.
The Scots (8-13 overall, 5-5 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) moved into a tie for fourth place in the league standings with Trine University with the victory. Both schools now sit two games out of first place with four games to play. Hope College, Olivet College and Adrian College are all tied for the lead with 7-3 records. Alma will take on the MIAA leaders in its next three games before closing out the regular-season at home against Trine.
Sophomore Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich./Lowell) led the Scots with a season-high 21 points and dished out a career-high 14 assists to record his first carer double-double. He recorded the most assists by an Alma player since the 1988-89 campaign and finished two off of the school record. He was also 13-for-15 from the free throw line as Alma sealed the win from the charity stripe.
Senior Kevin Scheibert (Sanford, Mich./Sanford-Meridian) tied a career-high with 20 points and posted his second carer double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Albion (7-14, 4-6 MIAA) was led by Nathaniel Collins' 21 points.
How It Happened
- The Scots and Britons changed leads seven times in the first half before Alma went on an 11-2 run to gain an eight-point advantage at 33-25 with 6:18 to play. Kevin Scheibert hit a pair of three-pointers during the stretch, while Ryan Stevens scored the other five points.
- Albion responded with a 8-2 stretch to pull within one point at 35-34 with 2:14 on the clock. The teams traded baskets at that point before Kevin Gamble sunk a three-pointer with eight seconds left to give the Scots a 40-36 advantage heading into the locker room.
- Albion came out in the second half and scored twice to tie the game at 40-40. The Scots regained a five-point lead before the Brits came back and grabbed a 53-50 advantage with 14:13 left in the game.
- Kevin Scheibert tied the score at 53-53 with a three-pointer and both teams played close from there as the Scots and Brits tied twice and stayed within four points of each other.
- With the game tied at 70-70, Ryan Stevens hit a shot to put the Scots ahead for good with 5:48 to play. Kevin Scheibert followed with a dunk and Kevin Gamble hit a jumper to put the Scots up 76-70 with 4:56 on the clock.
- Albion was able to get within one possession with its three-point shooting, but the Scots sealed the game at the free throw line, hitting eight of its nine shots from the stripe to close out the win.
- Alma has won three straight at Art Smith Arena after dropping its first two league games at home.
- The Scots tied a season-high with six blocks. Kevin Scheibert swatted a season-high three shots, while Doug Bradfield tallied two. Kevin Gamble was credited with the other block.
- Ryan Stevens' 21 points marked a season high and his fifth career 20-point game. Stevens was 13-for-15 from the free throw line, marking the most free throws by a Scot this season.
- Stevens' 14 assists was a career high and the most assists by an Alma player since Steven Ernst dished out a school-record 16 helpers against Hope on February 11, 1989. Stevens has two of the top four single-game assist totals in school history.
- With 134 assists, Stevens ranks fifth in program history for most assists in a single season. He is 22 away from the school record of 156, held by Scott Nikodemski (2015-16), with four games to play.
- Stevens now has 226 career helpers, eighth all-time at Alma College.
- Luke Lamoreaux netted a career-high 16 points, including a career-high tying three triples.
- Kevin Scheibert tied a career-high with 20 points for his second career 20-point game. He also hit a career-best four three-pointers.
The Scots will travel to Olivet, Mich., on Wednesday, Feb. 7, to face Olivet College in a rematch of the January 13 meeting at Art Smith Arena, where a last-second shot gave the Comets an 89-88 victory. The opening tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Cutler Center on the campus of Olivet College.