Eagles hold off Point Park

Times Staff Report

January 15, 2014

PIPPA PASSES - The Alice Lloyd Eagles returned to the hardwood on Saturday, battling KIAC rival Point Park. Alice Lloyd managed to hold on to win, defeating Point Park 71-68.

The home team was looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Union College earlier in the week. The Eagles were able to get off to a good start, racing out to a 13-6 lead with 14:48 left in the opening half. After this, Alice Lloyd blitzed the Pioneers, going on a 20-7 spurt over the next seven minutes. It looked as if ALC was going to run away with the victory without any resistance from the visitors, claiming a 43-27 lead at intermission.

Point Park, however, battled throughout he second half.

The first five minutes of the second half did not go well for the Eagles as their big lead was cut down to six (49-43). Alice Lloyd regrouped and rebuilt its lead to as many as eleven (62-51), but the Pioneers would not go quietly. With six minutes to play, Point Park cut into the host’s lead by engineering a 6-0 run, trimming the lead to just three points. It was evident to the anxious home crowd that the game was going to go down to the wire.

With about a minute left in the game and tied at 68, Alice Lloyd’s Jordan Adkins made the play of the game by intercepting Point Park’s inbound pass to score in transition. Afterwards, the Pioneers had an opportunity to tie or take the lead, but misfired, helping the Eagles to hang on for the victory.

Senior Stuart Stamper led the charge for Alice Lloyd (8-7, 3-1 KIAC), scoring 20 points. Cody Stumbo followed, adding 15 points for the Eagles. Veteran point guard Isaac Wilson added 12 points and six assists for the Eagles. Wilson was perfect from the free throw line, hitting four of four foul shots.

Gabe McLean paced Point Park (8-9, 4-4 KIAC) with a game-high 28 points.