Men's Basketball on Wednesday night hostrf MIAA rival Albion College at Art Smith Arena and lost a tough one by a margin of 64-62. With the loss, the Scots have an overall record of 8-16 and 4-9 in the league, while the Britons improved to 11-13 in 2011-12 and 7-6 in the MIAA.
"The kids fought hard in spurts to get back into the game, but we have a tough time winning when we shoot such a low percentage," said Scots Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "Albion guarded our dribble penetration better than anyone so we need to give them credit. In the end, the long cold spell to start the second half was too hard to overcome."
Tommy Erickson posts up against Albion on Wednesday night
The first half was a close see-saw affair that saw the game be tied four times and have three lead changes, with Alma's biggest lead being five points and teh Britons' largest margin being four. At the end of the first 20 minutes, the home team held a 35-33 advantage.
Albion took advantage of poor Alma shooting in the early part of the second half and used a 17-4 run to take a 50-39 lead with 10:56 left in the game. The pesky Scots were not done and kept chipping away at the deficit, cutting it to four at 56-52, when Jr. G Greg Silverthorn (Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd) completed a four-point play at the 7:29 mark.
But the Britons kept the home team at bay and got the lead back up to seven at 64-58 with 3:13 remaining. When Alma Sr. G Cory Schneider (Carson City, Mich./CC-Crystal) drained a three-pointer with 1:50 left, the visiting Britons' lead was cut to two, at 64-62. However, neither team scored the rest of the way and a desperation half court shot bounced off the backboard and Albion had the road win.
Silverthorn led the Scots with 18 points (including four three-pointers) and had a team-high six rebounds. Sr. F Tommy Erickson (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba) and So. F Sean Clancy (Port Austin, Mich./N. Huron) added 15 and 10 points respectively.
The Scots close out the 2011-12 season on Saturday afternoon when they host Kalamazoo College at Art Smith Arena. Tip-off for Pink Day is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.