LEXINGTON, Ky. - One point separated the Quakers and the Pioneers in first matchup of the new year.
Earlham came out hot going on a 5-0 run sparked by Darrell Hutchison Jr. For the remainder of the first half Earlham led the charge in attacking the rim, but Transylvania kept themselves in the game with their success from three. Going into the half Earlham was on top 38-37.
Jamel Barnes and Darrell Hutchison Jr. both kept Transylvania's defense on their toes. Barnes was a force from the perimeter, going 4-4 from the three point distance. He contributed a team-leading 19 points to Earlham's 74 total points. Hutchison took the opposite approach and attacked the rim, also contributing 19 points to Earlham's efforts.
From Transylvania's bench, Gabe Schmitt was the difference maker. The Pioneers' bench outscored Earlham's 17-33, with 21 of those points contributed by Schmitt. Thomas Sanborn was Earlham's top bench scorer with six points.
With eight seconds left Transylvania's Michael Jefferson made a clutch layup to put the Pioneers up by one point. Earlham could not reciprocate and the game ended 76-75. This loss makes the Quakers 2-3 in conference.
Men's basketball returns to the court on Saturday, January 5 at Rose-Hulman at 4:00 pm