PIPPA PASSES Alice Lloyd College senior Tyler Rogers led the Eagles past Asbury University 82-66 at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center on Wednesday.
In the opening half, AU guard Tyler Smith scored 12 points to stake his team to a 26-19 advantage.
Needing a response, Alice Lloyd Coach JR Hammond instructed his club to feed Rogers. He promptly led his club on a 10-2 run to put them ahead, 29-28.
Much to the delight of the home crowd, Rogers was just warming up. He scored 12 straight points overall to propel the host Eagles to a 41-33 lead at intermission.
Alice Lloyd opened the second half by finding Rogers for a nifty bucket inside, followed by a Cody Stumbo triple on the ensuing possession. The visitors were forced to call a quick timeout trailing 46-33.
After the timeout, Asbury managed to reduce the lead to nine (53-44) by the 16:04 mark. The host Eagles responded with a 7-0 spurt over the next 1:06 when Trevor Combs drained a three, followed by back-to-back layups from Austin Crisp. The Eagles then proceeded to extend that run to a devastating 23-8, to take their biggest lead of the night (77-52) with 7:30 remaining; they coasted to the easy victory from there.
For Alice Lloyd (6-7, 2-1 KIAC), Rogers flirted with a triple double. Rogers finished with a game-high 28 points on 12-of-16 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws. He also added game-highs with nine rebounds, eight blocks and four assists.
Rogers was followed by freshman Shane Hall, who finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Crisp added 12 points while Combs contributed nine points.
Kyle Lamb led Asbury (8-8, 1-2 KIAC) with 15 points.
The statistics show how dominant the host team was in the conference contest. The Eagle hit 30-of-64 shots from the field (46.9 percent), finished 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from long range, and drained 16-of-24 foul shots (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe. The Eagles also had 47 rebounds, 15 assists and 13 blocks.
The visitors finished 24-of-70 from the field (34.3 percent), 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from 3-point range and 15-of-19 (78.9 percent) from the foul line. Asbury finished with 35 rebounds and three assists.