TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A second-half comeback effort by Earlham men's basketball fell just short of its goal as the Quakers dropped an 88-82 decision to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saturday evening at Hulbert Arena.
Trailing by six at the half, 41-36, Earlham (6-17, 4-12 Heartland) was within one possession of overtaking Rose-Hulman as late as the 11:21 mark following a Chainey Zolman (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester) foul shot.
The 12-2 Engineer run widened the gap to 71-59 with 7:14 showing on the clock, but the Quakers again reeled in Rose-Hulman. A three-pointer by Elijah Wilson-Thomas (Goldsboro, N.C./Massanutten) cut the gap to four points, 86-82, with 18 seconds remaining, but Earlham ran out of time close the lead any further.
Four Quakers scored in double-figures, led by Wilson-Thomas with 23 points for his 11th 20-point performance this season. Zolman ended the game with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, and a 7-of-9 mark at the charity stripe. Kenneth Stalling Jr. (Gary, Ind./Thea Bowman) and Thomas Sanborn (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) each tallied 13 points, with Sanborn grabbing a game-high seven rebounds.
First year Jamel Barnes (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) dished out a career-high eight assists for the Quakers, while committed only one turnover.
Earlham shot an impressive 50.0 percent (30-of-60) from the field, only to be outdone by a Rose-Hulman squad that connected at a 52.9 percent (27-of-51) clip. The Quakers committed just 14 turnovers, taking better care of the ball than the Engineers with 17 TOs, and leading to a 25 Quaker points. The biggest difference came at the free-throw line, where Rose-Hulman went 24-of-31 on 23 Quaker fouls, while Earlham had just 16 attempts – connecting on 13 of those – on 18 foul calls on the Engineers.
Rose-Hulman (15-8, 13-3 Heartland) also had four players score in double-digits. Starter Charlie Aimone and reserve Nick McGrail each finished with 17 points, while John Czarnecki and Eli Combs added 12 and 10 points off the bench respectively.
Earlham men's basketball returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 14, when the Quakers travel to Defiance College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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