Men's basketball surrenders second-half lead at Olivet

Men's basketball surrenders second-half lead at Olivet

Olivet, Mich. - The Alma College men's basketball team surrendered a 14-point lead in the second half on Wednesday (Feb. 7) night, falling to Olivet College by an 81-75 margin. 

The Scots (8-14 overall, 5-6 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) fall into a tie for fifth place with Albion College with three games remaining in the regular-season, while the Comets (13-9, 8-3 MIAA) remain tied with Hope College for the lead in the MIAA race. 

Sophomore Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich./Lowell) scored 15 points and dished out eight assists for the Scots, while junior Doug Bradfield (Mason, Mich./Mason) netted a season-high 15 points and collected nine rebounds. Senior Kevin Scheibert (Sanford, Mich./Sanford-Meridian) was the only other Alma player in double figures with 12 points.

Olivet was led by Jalen Adams, who scored a game-high 25 points, while Tracy Edmond netted 21 points. 

How It Happened

  • Alma led by as many as 13 points in the first half after 54.8 percent shooting from the floor while holding the Comets to just over 36 percent accuracy. Alma never trailed in the opening 20 minutes and used a 13-3 run to open up a double-digit advantage in the final two minutes of the frame while taking a 42-31 lead into the break.
  • After a hot-shooting first half, the Scots were limited to .379 from the field, including just 2-for-10 from three point range in the final 20 minutes. Olivet, meanwhile, made 55.9 percent of its shots in the second half. 
  • Alma gained a 14-point advantage with 16:42 to play in the game before Olivet began chipping away. The Comets put together a 14-2 run to pull within two points with 12:51 to go, then took the lead at 60-59 with 6:57 remaining in the game.
  • The two teams traded leads at that point before Olivet took the lead with 6:24 to play and never trailed again. Alma got within two points with 2:04 to play, but was forced to send Olivet to the free-throw line, where the Comets sealed the come-from-behind victory.

Noteables

  • Alma has dropped four straight MIAA road games.
  • Rob Holmes tied a season-high with nine rebounds.
  • Doug Bradfield netted a season-high 15 points and has scored 10 or more points in back-to-back games. He also tied a season-high with nine boards.
  • With eight assists, Ryan Stevens now has 142 helpers this season, tied for third-best in Alma College. He is 14 away from the record of 156, set by Scott Nikodemski in 2015-16, with three games to play. 
  • Stevens also moved up the career assists chart and now ranks seventh all-time with 234. He is six away from the sixth spot, held by Colon Lewis (240, 1990-94)

Up Next

The Scots will return home on Saturday, Feb. 10, to host MIAA leader Hope College in a rare Saturday night game at Art Smith Arena. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Scots will honor the 1977-78 MIAA Championship team during halftime of the contest. 

Scots drop Albion, 70-54
January 10, 2018 Scots drop Albion, 70-54