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Scots hold onto fourth despite loss

February 12, 2016

Photo courtesy of Dan Nolan

The Fighting Scots men’s basketball team fell to conference rival Cornell College Wednesday night. The loss at Cornell ends the four-game win streak but does not hurt them when it comes to conference standings.

The Scots continue to sit in fourth place as they are in control of their own destiny with Lake Forrest only trailing by one game.

Although the Scots have the edge, they will have to successfully get through three more conference opponents before the Conference Tournament is underway.

“We are still in the playoff hunt,” said senior Reed Goodbred. “This game will force us to refocus heading into the final games. Even though it was a small step back we were able to come closer as a team following the loss at Cornell.”

The Scots jumped out to an early four-point lead after a Riley Blea 3-pointer. A pair of free throws by Will Jones gave the Scots a 30-20 advantage with seven minutes left on the clock. The Rams would end the half on a 15-4 run and headed into halftime with a one-point lead.

A back and forth battle was the scene as both teams captured the lead multiple times including six ties. The Scots nabbed a 6-point lead after Lamont Mitchell nailed a three with 12 minutes remaining in the outing.

A 3-ball from Craig Engle gave the Rams a 3-point edge as 8:15 minutes remained. It was all Rams after that as they cruised to a 17-point victory. The Scots shot 41.7 % from the filed, which was down 7% from the season average. Jones led the scoring attack with 22 points while Matt Jahola grabbed eight boards.

Photos courtesy of Dan Nolan

“Our team needs to work on keeping a sharp edge mentally and physically,” said center Ben Friday. “Another key is to keep playing selfless basketball.”

Last Saturday, Illinois Institute of Technology was no match for the Fighting Scots as the Scots ignited for a 119-59 blowout win. The sharp shooting Scots managed to shoot 61.4% from the floor and forced 19 turnovers.

The Scots grabbed the first lead of the game from a three-ball from junior guard Jones. Jones led the attack in the first half shooting netting 12 points and 5 assists, hitting 3 out of 4 three point attempts as the Scots headed into the break up 27.

Andrew Mathison and Lamont Mitchell also added 12 and 10 points respectively.

The second half followed the same trend as the Scots outscored the Hawks 63-27. Four Scots ended in double digit scoring, led by Mathison’s 20 points.

“We have to finish our season strong in order to do that,” said Matt Jahola. “Our team has to keep focusing on the goal and working hard every day in practice.”

The Scots will return to action this Saturday as they play host to Beloit College. The Buccaneers sit at 8-12 overall on the season with a 6-9 conference record. The contest will be held in Glennie Gymnasium with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.

Connor Gillen
sports Contributor

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