De Pere, Wisc. - The Alma College men's basketball team defeated St. Scholastica 71-64 in its second game of the 2018 Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament on Saturday (Dec. 29) and the final game of its final non-conference schedule.
Kyle Woodruff (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly) led the Scots (1-11) with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 5-of-10 from three-point range. Cole Kleiver (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston) tallied 14 points and Kevin Gamble (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart) put up 11 points and 13 rebounds - his first double-double of the season.
Collin Anderson finished with 24 points on 8-of-15 from the floor, all from behind the three-point arc; he made his first six threes. Quinn Fischer was the only other St. Scholastica (4-7) player in double figures with 22 points. He also pulled down eight boards.
Alma held a single-digit lead for most of the game. The Saints tied the game twice in the second half, but both times, Alma came back on the very next possession to reclaim the lead. After the Saints tied the game at 60 with 3:31 remaining, the Scots put the game away with 11 of the game's final 15 points - two shots from Kleiver and seven free throws.
How it Happened
- Alma took a 14-7 lead seven minutes into the game. St. Scholastica was able to cut the deficit to 18-16 with three straight threes from Anderson, but Alma pushed the lead back up to seven points after calling a timeout to stop the Saints' run.
- Anderson not only made his first six three-point attempts, but those six threes came consecutively for the Saints. He scored 18 straight points in over seven minutes; Alma scored 19 points in that span and led 33-25.
- The two teams traded buckets toward the end of the first half ending with a three from Scott Maki (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly) to give Alma a 41-32 lead at the half.
- The Saints went on a 9-1 run in the early stages of the second half, closing the gap to one point at 48-47. Ryan Stevens responded with a fadeaway shot in the post to bring Alma's lead back up to three.
- St. Scholastica would tie the game at 51 with 9:39 left in regulation with Anderson's seventh three, but Alma would respond with a running jumper in the lane by Stevens to break the tie. Gamble came back on the next possession and scored on a mismatch in the post, and Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) hit a fast-break layup from Amari Hudson (Highland Park, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public School Academy) after the Saints got a quick two.
- There was a three-minute scoring drought until Woodruff hit his fifth three to give the Scots a seven-point lead with 5:01 remaining.
- The Saints scored seven unanswered points to tie the game at 60, but Kleiver followed with a jumper to break the tie and followed with another jumper from the free-throw line with 34 seconds left to give Alma a 65-60 cushion. Kleiver, Woodruff and Gamble each hit clutch free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
- Though the game was tied twice, St. Scholastics never led.
- Woodruff started 6-of-7 and 4-of-5 from three-point range.
- Harvey started 3-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from three.
- Alma's biggest lead was 11 points. It came at the 5:44 mark of the first half.
- The Scots shot 53-percent (16-of-30) from the field in the first half and 46.7-percent (7-of-15) from three. Both teams struggled from the field in the second half, combining to shoot 18-of-50.
- The Scots' starters scored 65 of the team's 71 points.
Alma's next game is its first one at home since Nov. 17. It will host Kalamazoo on Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in its first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association game of the season.