Men’s basketball team comes from behind to nip Adrian, 61-59, in MIAA-opener

Photo by Miguel Marin
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OLIVET, Mich. – The Olivet College men's basketball team erased an 11-point deficit in the second half to nip Adrian College, 61-59, in its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) opener tonight at The Cutler Event Center in Olivet.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Olivet 61, Adrian 59
Location: The Cutler Event Center; Olivet, Mich.
Records: Olivet 5-7 overall, 1-0 MIAA; Adrian 6-6 overall, 0-1 MIAA

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the first half, the Bulldogs led by 10 points twice, with the last time being 29-19 at the 2:57 mark.
  • Back-to-back three-pointers by seniors Chris Chrzan and Eric Ewing made the score 29-25.
  • Adrian closed the half on a 7-2 run to lead by nine points, 36-27, at halftime.
  • The Bulldogs extended their lead to the 11-point margin, 49-38, with 12:06 left in the game.
  • A layup by Ewing followed by three-pointers by Ewing and sophomore Thomas Tsalkitzis cut the deficit to three points, 49-46.
  • Adrian continued to lead until the Comets took their first lead at the 5:20 mark when Ewing nailed a three-pointer to make the score 55-54.
  • The teams traded points before a three-pointer by junior Jordan Terry put Olivet ahead 59-57.
  • The Bulldogs leveled the score at 59-59 with 2:38 remaining.
  • There was no scoring until senior Kevin Woodson split two tosses from the free throw line with 1:03 left to make the score 60-59.
  • On its ensuing time with the ball, Adrian committed an offensive charging foul.
  • The Bulldogs were forced to foul, and Terry made one of two free throws to make the score 61-59 with 16.2 ticks remaining.
  • Adrian brought the ball into the frontcourt and called a timeout with 8.1 seconds left. An off-balanced three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.

FOR THE COMETS

  • Ewing finished with a game-high 28 points.
  • Senior Aaron Washington joined him in double figures with 10.
  • Four different players each grabbed four rebounds.

FOR THE BULLDOGS                                       

  • Davonte Harris led the way with 27 points.
  • Justin Webster had 12 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds.

UP NEXT

  • Olivet travels to play Hope College Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.