The Alma College Men's Basketball team hosted league foe Trine University on Wednesday night at Art Smith Arena and came away with an exciting 68-64 victory. The Scots are now 3-6 in the MIAA and 7-13 overall, while the Thunder finished tonight's contest with a mark of 5-4 in the league and 12-8 for the season.
"We did a nice job of mixing up defenses and rebounding tonight," said Alma Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "It's great when we can have a poor shooting night and still get the win. Guys stepped up and made key plays and it is a big win for us moving forward."
It was a competitive and entertaining first half, as both teams played well and the game was close throughout. In the first frame, their were three ties and five lead changes, while the biggest lead any team could muster was five - Trine three times and Alma once. The Scots took the last lead and walked off the court with the 32-30 halftime advantage.
Greg Silverthorn drives to the basket during Wednesday night's win over visiting Trine
The home team started the second half strong as well and achieved their biggest lead of the game at 42-33, when Jr. G Greg Silverthorn (Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd) hit his fifth three-pointer of the game with 14:47 remaining. The Scots concluded their 18-4 run to start the second half when Jr. G Chris Williamson (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville) hit a lay-up for a 48-34 lead at 11:26.
The Thunder were not going to go away quietly however. They cut the deficit to nine on several occasions before finally chipping away and tying the game at 61-61 with 51 seconds remaining. But, Sr. G Cory Schneider (Carson City, Mich./CC-Crystal) calmly dropped a three-pointer that gave Alma the 64-61 advantage with 31 seconds left.
After a three-point miss by Trine, Silverthorn hit two free throws, but after a successful trey by the Thunder, the lead was 66-64 with four seconds left. A foul ensued and Williamson clinched the win with two from the charity stripe, giving the home team the 68-64 victory.
Silverthorn led the way for the Scots with a double-double as he had 27 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Williamson had nine points and three assists, while Schneider finished with eight points, six assists and six boards in the win.
The Scots will host Olivet College on Saturday afternoon at Art Smith Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.