Men's Basketball Comes Up Short in Season Opener

Men's Basketball Comes Up Short in Season Opener

Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's basketball team battled with No. 3 Augustana College on Friday (Nov. 16) evening, ultimately falling short 85-74.

The Scots held a lead for most of the first half, maxing out at eight points with five minutes remaining in the first half. Augustana took the lead with a three-pointer with under two minutes left in the half and held onto it for good. Alma got to within four points midway through the second half but the Vikings would not let up, pushing the lead to as many as 15.

Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) led all players with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Freshman Cole Kleiver (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston) added 17 points and Kevin Gamble (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart) put up 13 and two blocks.

Augustana had four players in double figures, led by Nolan Ebel who had 21. Pierson Wofford had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Brett Benning had 18 points and nine rebounds.

What Happened

  • Kevin Gamble hit a three to open the scoring. Alma would push its lead to seven with a Kleiver layup halfway through the first half. Two Matt Lark (Middleville, Mich. / Thornapple Kellogg) free throws got the lead up to eight and the Vikings turned it on after that.
  • Augustana would score the next 11 points as part of a 21-5 run to close the first half. The Vikings entered the break with a 46-39 lead.
  • The Scots kept the score within a few possessions throughout the early stages of the second half. They got to within four after a Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) tip-in and a Cole Kleiver free throw, but Ebel and Chrishawn Orange helped push Augustana's lead back up to double-digits. Alma's deficit would hover between 10 and 15 points for the final five minutes of the game.

Notables

  • The Scots hit 33.3-percent of their three-point attempts. Kevin Gamble led all players with three makes in four attempts.
  • Augustana turned the ball over 16 times, but Alma only scored nine points off of them. The Scots had just seven turnovers.
  • Steven Harvey led Alma in rebounds with six, including two offensive boards.
  • The Scots hit 80.8-percent (21-of-26) of their free throws.
  • Alma was outrebounded 51-31. It was also outscored in points in the paint 44-24. Augustana's Nolan Ebel went 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

What He Said

"[I] thought we really battled a very talented, veteran team. We needed to shoot better than this to be able to pull out the win. [It's] something to build on though for sure."

- Head Coach Sam Hargraves

Up Next

Alma has a short break in between games. It will host No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan at Art Smith Arena on Saturday (Nov. 17) at 3:00 p.m.