Adrian, Mich. - The Alma College men's basketball team used a big second half to defeat the Adrian Bulldogs 74-69 on Saturday (Jan. 19) afternoon. The Scots (4-13, 3-3 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) scored 48 points in the second half after posting just 26 in the first.
Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) led Alma with a season-high 19 points off the bench, hitting seven of his ten shots. Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) tallied his third double-double of the season and fourth in his career with 15 points and 10 assists. Freshman center Brandon Rake (Whitehall, Mich. / Whitehall) put up nine points and nine rebounds in his first career start.
Adrian's (3-14, 0-6 MIAA) Jordan Harris led all scorers with 25 points; he played all 40 minutes. Sam Colbert scored 23 points on 7-of-15 made threes.
Alma's strong second half came in stark contrast to its first half. The Scots shot 42-percent from the field and 2-of-9 from three-point range to go along with nine turnovers in the first frame. In the second half, it shot 56-percent from the field, went 8-of-16 from three, 10-of-12 from the free throw line and only committed two turnovers.
How It Happened
- Adrian led for the majority of the first half as it started out hot from three — the Bulldogs made 11 field goals in the first half, eight of which were threes. Alma struggled from the field and trailed 32-26 at the half.
- The roles were reversed in the second half, as three of Alma's first four makes were from three. Stevens hit a fadeaway in the post, then came back with a three to pull the Scots to within two points. After a three from Harvey, Kleiver drilled a three-pointer to tie the game at 40, then hit two free throws after a steal from Matt Lark (Middleville, Mich. / Thornapple Kellogg) to give Alma its first lead in over 20 minutes of game time.
- The Scots maintained that lead for the next 11 minutes, maxing out at seven points after Stevens hit a three with 6:07 left.
- Adrian's three-point shooting was cold in the second half — it made one of its first six attempts from deep until Sam Colbert hit two back-to-back threes to tie the game and force an Alma timeout with 2:17 remaining.
- The Scots came out of the break and found Woodruff open in the corner for a three, which he made. Alma forced a miss on the other end and Rake was fouled - he hit both free throws to give the Scots a five-point lead.
- Colbert hit a three with 49 seconds left to cut Alma's lead back to two with 49 seconds left. After two free throws from Kleiver, Harris nailed a quick three to get Adrian to within one.
- The biggest lead by either team was nine points — by Adrian at the 9:16 mark in the first half.
- This was the first start of the season for Amari Hudson (Highland Park, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public School Academy) and Brandon Rake, and the second start of the year for Matt Lark. Alma had the same starting five in all but one of its games this year entering today.
- Alma held the Bulldogs to just 39.7-percent shooting from the field on the day.
- The Scots shot 41.7-percent from behind the arc, their highest three-point shooting percentage in their last four games.
- Both teams made 11 field goals in the first half. Alma shot a slightly better percentage: 42-percent to Adrian's 38-percent.
- Sixteen of Alma's 26 first-half points came from inside the paint.
The Scots return home to face the Trine Thunder on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. Trine is currently 5-1 and tied with Albion for the top spot in the MIAA.