Men's Basketball Falls to No. 4 Whitman in Arizona

Men's Basketball Falls to No. 4 Whitman in Arizona

Mesa, Ariz. - The Alma College men's basketball team dropped its second game in Arizona to No. 4 Whitman College 101-82 on Wednesday (Dec. 19).

Cole Kleiver (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston) led the Scots (0-9) with 15 points and six rebounds. Kyle Woodruff (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly) came through with 14 points, including four three-pointers, and five boards, while Kevin Gamble (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart), Scott Maki (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly) and Brandon Rake (Whitehall, Mich. / Whitehall) all scored in double-figures.

Joey Hewitt scored 20 points for Whitman (8-1). Darne Duckett came up with 16 points and Jack Stewart added 14 points. Austin Butler had nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Kleiver was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 16.5 points and five rebounds in Alma's two games.

How it Happened

  • The score was close throughout the early stages of the first half, but the Blues went on a 10-0 run and led by as much as 13 by the six-minute mark of the first half. Alma would get to within seven in the coming minutes and trailed by 10 at the break after Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) sank a jumper with time winding down.
  • The Scots pulled to within four by with 15:59 remaining, but Whitman responded with back-to-back threes in transition by Darne Duckett, then another by Andrew Vickers to put the Blues up by 14. When Alma followed with a three from Maki and a layup from Rake to cut the deficit back down to nine, Whitman again turned up the heat, going on an 11-0, hitting three three-pointers in 57 seconds.
  • Halfway through the second half, Alma went on an 11-4 run with Gamble posting six of those 11 points, to cut the lead to 13. A three from Woodruff made the score 80-67 with 8:11 remaining, but that was the closest the Scots would get for the rest of the game. Joey Hewitt hit back-to-back threes and Duckett converted an and-one to push the lead to 22 where it hovered for the final six minutes.

Notables

  • Forty-nine three-pointers are the most Whitman has taken this season, and it is the second time it made 17 three-pointers in a game this year, one shy of the team's season-high. The Blues shoot 42.1-percent from behind the arc, eighth-best in all of Division III.
  • Scott Maki set multiple personal bests in this game. Ten points are a new season-high and three off his career-best, while his five rebounds, two steals and 26 minutes are all new career-high marks. Today was also his first start of the season.
  • Freshman center Brandon Rake also scored a career-high 10 points on four field goals. In addition, Rake matched his personal best in rebounds with six.
  • Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) tallied eight assists in the contest after dishing out nine against Sul Ross State on Tuesday (Dec. 18). Stevens is currently second in the MIAA with 5.9 assists per game.
  • Three Scots led the team with six rebounds, each: Cole Kleiver, Kevin Gamble and Brandon Rake. Kyle Woodruff, Scott Maki each had five boards.

Up Next

Alma has eight days off until its next game. It will travel to Wisconsin to face St. Norbert College on Friday, Dec. 28 in the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Classic. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m.