Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Asbury University Soars Past Salem International

Asbury University 86
Salem International 67

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by AU:

WILMORE, Ky. – The Asbury University Eagles (5-5, 1-1 KIAC) secured their first win at home this season against the Salem International University Tigers (1-2, 0-0 G-MAC) in a very fast paced contest tonight in the Luce. SIU last traveled to Wilmore from Salem, West Virginia on November 18th of last year, but walked away with a close victory in what was a high scoring 109-104 game.

This time around the results would be different as Coach Will Shouse adjusted to their full court press and relied more on the bench tonight, which paid dividends in the end.

Asbury's bench would go on to outscore their opponents 28 to eight in the first half. Total for the game, the Eagle's bench almost tripled the Tiger's points off the bench tonight, finishing with 37 to SIU's 14 points from the bench.

Guards Sam Tolliver, Will Henderson, Tyler Smith, Jordan Gilbert, and Kyle Lamb made beating a press defense look like child's play at times, splitting traps, twisting around and outrunning defenders. It was entertaining to say the least

At halftime, Asbury men's basketball went ahead with a 16 point lead, 51-35. In the first six minutes, Asbury and SIU swapped the lead a few times, but after a three pointer by Sam Tolliver made the score 14-13 at 13:33 remaining, the Eagles took off and wouldn't hold back. The Eagles would go on a 30-12 run by 19 points at 5:02 to go, their largest lead of the half, 44-25.

The second half saw the Eagles continue to inch up their lead and would eventually go up by 23, their largest lead of the game, with 2:03 remaining in the 2nd half after a two point jumper by Smith. The Tigers would scratch a few points off the lead in the waning minutes of the half, but in the end, the three by Tolliver in the first half was the dagger that finished the deal for the Tigers.

Asbury had four players in double digits tonight; Smith (14), the team high; Gilbert (12), Daulton Peters (11), and Kristian Svendsen (10). In addition, for the second game in row, Smith posted a double double with the team best 10 rebounds to go along with his 14 points. The performance brings his total to four double doubles on the season.

Rounding out the scoring for AU: Lamb, Timmy Bradshaw, and Trenton Thompson had seven points each, Tolliver (6), Alex Dennis (6), Henderson (2), and Ryan Brightwell (2).

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