The Alma College Men's Basketball team hosted Oberlin College on Saturday afternoon at Art Smith Arena, and were defeated by a score of 74-66. The Scots now have a record of 2-6 on the year, while the Yeomen stand at 4-5 for the 2011-12 season.
The game was competitive from start to finish as two equally matched teams went at it. In the first half, there were nine lead changes as each team took turns taking small leads, but not control. The biggest lead of the half belonged to Alma at 13-8, when Sr. F Tommy Erickson (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba) hit a jumper at the 8:09 mark.
Tommy Erickson, who finished the day with 29 points, goes up strong against Oberlin on Saturday
However, the Yeomen stayed close and eventually walked off the court with a 25-24 lead at halftime. The Scots shot 31% in the first 20 minutes, including three of ten from beyond the arc, while Oberlin finished at 38% from the field, despite missing all six three-point attempts.
The Scots began the second half with an 11-0 run, culminated by a three-point play by So. G Brandon Krause (Sanford, Mich./Meridian) that made the score 35-25 with 17:31 left in the game. However, the Yeomen spent the next six minutes chipping away at that lead and finally got over the hump.
At the 11:58 mark, a lay-up by Josh Merritt gave Oberlin a 44-43 lead, and the visitors would not trail again in the game. The lead increased to as much as seven points, but the Scots would not quit. Alma made it a 59-58 game, when Krause hit a lay-up with 4:57 remaining.
However, it was mostly Oberlin from that point on, as they converted their opportunities and the Scots missed some free throws that could have kept it close. In the end, the Yeomen were able to hold on for the 74-66 victory and now the Scots are off for final exam week.
Erickson led the Scots with a career-high 29 points on 10 of 16 shooting and an additional nine free throws. Krause was next with nine points, while Sr. G Cory Schneider (Carson City, Mich./Carson City-Crystal) added eight points. Jr. F Greg Silverthorn (Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd) had team-highs with eight rebounds and three assists.
Alma next plays on Saturday, December 17, when Indiana University Northwest visits Art Smith Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.