Men’s hoops upended at home by Wabash

Darrell Hutchison Jr.

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College men's basketball dropped a 79-64 decision to visiting in-state rival Wabash College, in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday night at the Druley Performance Gym.

The Quakers held a 40-34 advantage at the intermission behind some solid shooting from the field, where Earlham went 15-of-31 (.484 FG%) including a 6-of-12 clip from 3-point range. Jamel Barnes drained three of the 3-pointer, and paced the Quakers with 12 points in the opening stanza.

Wabash (1-0) opened the second half with a 24-3 run lasting nearly 10 minutes. The Little Giants' run was capped at a 15-point lead, 58-43, following a Jack Davidson layup with 10:14 to play in the game. Thomas Sanborn nailed a 3-pointer with 9:28 on the game clock start the Quakers on the come-back trail, but Earlham was unable to cut the Wabash lead to single digits.

Blake Bonin and Darrell Hutchison Jr. each finished with 13 points for the Quakers, while Barnes was held scoreless in the second half to end the game with 12 points. Earlham was outrebounded 51-28, including a 13-6 advantage on the offensive glass, with Barnes leading the Maroon and White with seven boards.

The Quakers shot 20.7 percent (6-of-29) in the second half, and finished the game with a .350 field goal percentage, while the Little Giants shot .509 (29-of-57) from the field.

Earlham returns to action on Monday, Nov. 19, when it travels to Kenyon College for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off. The Quakers will be back at home after the Thanksgiving break on Sunday, Nov. 25, when they host Adrian College in a 3:00 p.m. contest.

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