Men’s basketball drops to fifth place
February 19, 2016
Michelle Ravel - The Courier
The Scots dropped one on the road Wednesday to the Blue Boys of Illinois College falling to 13-9 overall. The Scots fall to 5th place in the conference after the loss, a game behind Lake Forrest with only one game remaining in the regular season.
Center Ben Friday had the first seven out of nine points for the Scots to cancel out Illinois College’s shooting frenzy.
The Blue Boys’ lead escalated to as many as 14 as Illinois College’s Mitchell Patterson and Cody Hildebrand combined for 26 points in the first half.
The Scots closed the gap as they finished out the half on a 15-6 run starting the second half down five. The Scots were led by Friday in the first 20 minutes with 10 points and five boards.
Poor shooting from the Scots kept them from ever getting over the hump, as they never regained the lead in the second half. Freshman Lamont Mitchell led the Scots by netting 20 points, 14 of those in the second half.
The tandem of Patterson and Hildebrand was too much as they posted 24 and 17 points respectively. The Scots ended the game going 6-30 from 3-point land and 44.9% from the floor compared Illinois Colleges’ 52.6%.
“We just need to continue to work hard and stick together as a team,” said senior Reed Goodbred, “even though it was a small step back we were able to come closer as a team.”
Last Saturday, Beloit College handed the Scots another crucial home loss. The Scots held the last conference tournament spot heading into the matchup but failed to keep it as they fell 77-83.
Poor shooting again was downfall for the Scots as they only managed 29.4% shooting before intermission. Led by Steve McAfee’s 13 points in the first, Beloit cruised to a nine-point first half lead.
The Scots battled back in the second half and eventually took a one-point lead with five minutes to play when Lamont Mitchell sank both of his shots from the charity stripe.
The lead quickly faded, and Beloit closed the game out on a couple clutch shots to keep the Scots out of striking distance. Mitchell led the scoring attack with 15, while Will Jones chipped in eight boards. “We didn’t play for a whole 40 minutes,” said senior guard Ross Langlois, “We just couldn’t get the stop we needed towards the end of the game.”
Senior Day for the Scots will be against Lawrence University as they find themselves in a must-win position to have a chance at the conference tournament.
Lake Forest won their contest on Wednesday and are guarenteed a tournament berth with a win on Saturday. The Scots earn a tournament berth if the team wins on Senior Day the Foresters lose their Saturday showdown.
Saturday’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Glennie Gymnasium.