CINCINNATI The Alice Lloyd College battled back from a 17-point deficit with just 11:40 remaining before falling to the homestanding Cincinnati Christian University. Cincinnati Christian managed to edge the visiting Eagles 66-63 on Tuesday night.
In the opening half, the host team doubled up Alice Lloyd 20-10 over the first eight minutes of the game. ALC reduced the score to 30-24 at the 1:43 mark following a move from Prestonsburg native Shane Hall, but CCU scored the last four points of the first half to take a 34-24 lead into intermission.
Nothing started out well for Alice Lloyd in the second half. Over the first 8:20, sparked by sub Blake Walsman, the conference-leading home team went on a 19-12 run to push ahead 53-36.
In desperate need of some inspired play, Alice Lloyd stepped up and tightened its defense. The Eagles from Pippa Pases then proceeded to go on a 16-4 run of their own sparked by the play of Hall and fellow freshman Braxton Blair, a former Johnson Central High School teammate. When Hall sank a bucket with 2:44 remaining, Cincinnati Christian led 57-52.
Cincinnati Christian sank three free throws to run the lead to 60-52 only to watch Alice Lloyd reel off an 11-4 run to trail by just one point (64-63) with 29 ticks remaining.
When the host squad missed two free throws at .16, visiting Alice Lloyd had possession of the basketball with a chance to go ahead.
Alice Lloyd lost the ball and eventually fouled Walsman at .06. His two clutch shots set the final score.
The visiting team got a contested three at the buzzer, but it came up just short.
For ALC (7-8, 3-2 KIAC), Hall delivered a double-double. Hall scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Eagles. He connected on 7-of-9 field goals and added two blocks and one steal. Hall was followed by Tyler Rogers, who scored 14 points on 6-of-12 field goals despite being injured. He added four rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Blair came off the bench to score 11 points, nine in the final half. Austin Crisp dished off a game-high five assists for the Eagles.
Walsman paced CCU (10-3, 3-0 KIAC) with a game-high 17 points.