On Saturday evening, the men's basketball team hosted Ohio Northern University in the inaugural Alma College Thanksgiving Classic at Art Smith Arena. The Scots dropped a 99-71 decision to the Polar Bears to fall to 0-3 on the young season, while ONU improved to 3-1 thus far in 2012-13. Heidelberg defeated Finlandia by a score of 109-68 in the first game of the evening.
Sunday will pit Finlandia and Ohio Northern at 1:00 p.m., while Alma will take on Heidelberg 25 minutes following the conclusion of the first contest.
"I'm disappointed in what I believe was a lack of energy on the defensive side of the ball all night," said Scots Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "Give Ohio Northern credit as they shot it well and made the most of their opportunities. But, we need to be better defensively and we will have another long day tomorrow against Heidelberg if we don't come prepared to play from the start."
The Scots had a couple early leads, the last being at 9-6 at the 17:05 mark after a basket by Sr. G Dustin DeShais (Ortonville, Mich./Brandon). The game stood at 16-15 when the Polar Bears went on a 19-7 run to take a 35-22 advantage at 6:08. ONU then held on and went into halftime with a 47-36 lead.
The second half was never much of a contest as Alma could not cut the lead to less than 13 and trailed by 30 at one point in the final 20 minutes. Ohio Northern shot the ball extremely well in the win, converting on 35 of 67 attempts (52%), including 15 of 24 (63%) from beyond the arc. The Scots shot 48% from the field (26 of 54) and 25% in three pointers (4 of 16).
Jr. G Brandon Krause (Sanford, Mich./Meridian) led Alma with 14 points, while Sr. F Greg Silverthorn (Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd) finished with 12 points, three assists and a team-best eight rebounds. Fr. F DJ Beckman (Shelby, Mich./Shelby) had 11 points and six boards and Sr. G Chris Williamson (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville) added nine points and a team-high four assists.