Men's Basketball Clipped by Oberlin 81-80

Men's Basketball Clipped by Oberlin 81-80

OBERLIN, Ohio – The Earlham College men's basketball team came from five points with two minutes to play and tie the game 78-78, but Oberlin College connected on a game-winning triple with five seconds to play and held on for an 81-80 win over the Quakers on Sunday.

Trailing 76-71, Elijah Wilson-Thomas converted the old-fashioned 3-point play to pull Earlham within as basket with 1:34 to play in regulation. After both teams failed to score on their next possession, the Quakers fouled Eli Silverman-Lloyd, who made both free throws to put the hosts up four with a minute to play.

Blake Bonin drew a foul on the ensuing possession, and after two made free throws and a defensive stop, Chainey Zolman tied the game with 13 seconds to play.

Joshua Friedkin then connected on the game-winning triple. The Quakers could have bowed down, but battled back as Bonin was intentionally fouled with three seconds to play. After making the first free throw, Bonin intentionally missed the second and Oberlin corralled the rebound, but traveled, giving Earlham back the ball down by two with just over a second to play.

Darrell Hutchison Jr. nearly made the game-tying basket while being fouled, but instead stepped to the free throw line needing two makes to force the game to overtime as his shot rimmed out. The Indianapolis, Indiana, native made the first, but just like his layup, the second shot rimmed out giving Oberlin the victory.

Oberlin shot 30-of-52 from the field for 57.7 percent while Earlham made 28-of-62 field goal attempts for 45.2 percent. Both team shot around 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Quakers made six more free throws than the Yeomen, but Oberlin outrebounded Earlham 35-24.

Wilson-Thomas led all scorers with 26 points while Zolman added a career-best 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Hutchison Jr. was the other Quaker to finish in double figures in scoring with 14 points while Bonin dished out a team-high six assists.

The Oberlin duo of Christian Fioretti and Friedkin combined for 43 to lead Oberlin to a win.

Earlham (1-2) has a week off before traveling to in-state foe Wabash College on Monday, Nov. 27.