ALBION, Mich. – Earlham College men's basketball rallied from a double-digit deficit to Albion College in the first half to take a lead late in the opening frame, but had no answer for the Britons' second-half shooting surge in a 95-71 road loss on Friday night at Kresge Gymnasium.
Final Score: Albion 95, Earlham, 71
Location: Albion, Mich. -- Kresge Gymnasium
Records: Earlham 2-2 / Albion 3-1
THE SHORT STORY
The Quakers trailed by 11 points early in the first half, and erased that deficit to take a 34-33 lead with 6:12 remaining in the first half. A 3-pointer by Albion's Jamezell Davis extended the Britons' lead to four, 42-38, at the half. In the second half, Albion pulled away from Earlham as the Quakers began to encounter foul trouble.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Three Quakers scored in double figures, led by Jamel Barnes Jr. with 17 points and five rebounds.
Earlham shot a respectable 44.8 percent (26-58) from the floor, including a 10-of-26 mark from 3-point range including four treys each from Barnes and Bonin. However, Albion shot 67.3 percent from the field, including an 18-of-22 (.818) clip in the second half alone, to smother any Earlham comeback effort.
The Quakers amassed 15 fouls in the second half alone – 25 for the game – compared to six second-half fouls for the Britons. Albion was 13-of-20 at the charity stripe in the second half, while Earlham was 4-of-5 at the line over the final 20 minutes.
Albion held a 20-9 lead at the 14:19 mark of the first half following a 3-pointer by Josh Palo.
Earlham chipped away at Albion's lead and tied the game at 31-31 with 6:46 remaining in the first half on a Conner Hubbard layup. A Barnes trey 34 seconds later put the Quakers in front, 34-33, and Barnes connected on a jumper with 4:35 showing to extend Earlham's lead to 36-33. Albion regained the lead late in the frame, and took a 42-38 lead into the locker room at the break. The Britons pulled away from the Quakers over the course of the second half
Earlham men's basketball returns to action on Monday, Nov. 25, when it travels to Wilmington, Ohio, to face Wilmington College. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.