RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College men's basketball battled visiting Adrian College to a one-possession game with under two minutes remaining, but the Bulldogs pulled away down the stretch to escape Druley Performance Gym with a 62-52 decision in Sunday's non-conference matchup.
Junior guard Blake Bonin paced Earlham (1-3) with 14 points behind four 3-pointers and a pair of foul shots. Senior forward Darrell Hutchison Jr. also cracked double digits with 11 points to go with a game-high nine rebounds.
The Quakers trailed Adrian (3-1) by just one point at the intermission, 27-26, with neither team shooting the ball particularly effectively. Earlham remained within striking distance of Adrian throughout much of the second half, before the Bulldogs stretched their lead to eight points, 57-49, with 3:53 remaining.
A Bonin 3-pointer at the 2:32 mark cut the deficit to five points, and Hutchison's jumper with 1:53 showing on the game clock made it a one-possession game, 57-54, in Adrian's favor.
The Bulldogs answered with a bucket by Tre'Shon Heard at the other end of the floor, but he missed the and-one to keep the difference at five, 59-54. The Quakers' Qawi Rucker missed the front end of a one-and-one that could have cut the margin back to three points, and Adrian's Kylon Jarreau extended the Bulldogs' lead to 61-54 with a pair of foul shots with 1:14 to play.
A pair of Earlham layup attempts by Hutchison and Waire were off the mark, and Jarreau gave Adrian an eight-point advantage when he made the first of two foul shots with 28 seconds remaining.
Four Adrian players finished in double figures, led by Jarreau with 15 points including a 5-of-6 effort at the line.
Earlham outrebounded Adrian, 39 to 38. The two teams combined for 43 turnovers in the game, but the Quakers' 22 turnovers were converted into 18 Adrian points.
Earlham men's basketball will host Wilmington College (Ohio) on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in a non-conference matchup at 7:30 p.m., before beginning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play next weekend.
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