Sunday, November 9, 2014

Asbury University Upsets No. 16 Union College, Blows By Crown College

Asbury University earned two wins at home over the weekend.

The Eagles blew by Crown College on Friday and earned an upset win over No. 16 Union College on Saturday.

Here are recaps:

Asbury University 108
Crown College 61

WILMORE, Ky--There is a universal concern among coaches--looking past an opponent to a big game in the near future. But when the future arrives the following afternoon, as it will for the Eagles when they play a ranked opponent, head coach Will Shouse needed to make sure his team was concerned about the present.

"Opening night here at the Luce will help us not to look past anyone," said Shouse, before Friday night's game against Crown College (TN). "We have to respect everyone and play hard every time out."

The Eagles (3-0) apparently were not thinking about Saturday's match-up against 16thranked Union College as they beat Crown 108-61 and cruised virtually the entire way after the first few minutes.

Tyler Smith helped the Eagles build a lead. The sophomore picked up a team-high 14 points, added seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. The Eagles also got 11 points from junior Kristian Svendsen and 10 from junior Jordan Gilbert. In fact, every player available scored for the Eagles.

Complete Recap

Asbury University 98
(16) Union College 88

WILMORE,-Ky.--In an up-and-down-the-floor game in which both teams seemed to be in competition to break the sound barrier, or at least force the PA announcer to hyperventilate, the Eagles upset #16 Union College 98-88 to remain undefeated.

It was a stirring win for the Eagles (4-0) who trailed most of the first half and by as much as 15. Asbury took the lead 48-47 on a Todd Jefferson free throw with :1.9 remaining in the half and never lost the lead, jumping ahead by as much as 11 in the second half.

Kyle Lamb led the Eagles with 22 points and five assists and ignited the Eagles' transition as they came from behind in the first half. Kristian Morgan added 20 points and Jordan Gilbert contributed 17 and five assists including a couple of big three pointers.

Early on, the frenetic-paced game had the makings of a Union blowout. The Eagles fell behind and appeared to have no answers for Union's length and athleticism. The Eagles were outrebounded badly in the game, particularly on Union's offensive end where the Bulldogs collected 20 rebounds. But with pressure defense sparked largely by Lamb, among others, the Eagles came storming back.

"We stayed more aggressive up top in our press," said Will Shouse, Eagles head coach. "We matched up a little quicker because they were not bringing it out and setting up offense. They were attacking our press. Our biggest thing was we made shots on our end and it allowed us to set our press up."

In a key sequence with 1:38 remaining in the first half, Morgan hit a layup and was fouled. He made the free throw to cut the Union lead to 45-42. Union was then called for a ten-second violation. Jefferson then hit a three with :47 left in the half to tie the game. The Eagles ended the first half on a 19-6 run and never looked back.

The Eagles took control in the second half. Union cut the lead to four, 88-84, with 3:08 remaining but Gilbert drilled a three with 2:34 left as the shot clocked melted away. Ironically, it was perhaps the only possession in the game where the shot clock came into play.

Complete Recap

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