|Spring Arbor (Mich.) 16-12, 8-8 CL||35||29||64|
|Grace (Ind.) 14-14, 6-10 CL||35||30||65|
|Feb. 11, 2017|
|Winona Lake, IN|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Grace (Ind.)|
|3 Players - 14||Points||#50 Erik Bowen - 17|
|#11 Paul Marandet - 9||Rebounds||#30 Logan Godfrey - 13|
|#11 Paul Marandet - 4||Assists||#2 Braxton Linville - 6|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Grace (Ind.)|
|42.3% (22 - 52)||Field Goals %||47.3% (26 - 55)|
|45.5% (5 - 11)||3 Point Field Goals %||36.4% (4 - 11)|
|78.9% (15 - 19)||Free Throws||69.2% (9 - 13)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||6|
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – In a season already full of late heartbreak, the Spring Arbor University men's basketball team suffered another painful loss Saturday in a 65-64 setback at the hands of Grace College inside the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.
Trailing by one, Grace's Chad Hoffer hit a go-ahead shot with four seconds to play. The Cougars had one last chance, but the half court heave from Thomas Starks bounced off the rim.
Junior Zach Medendorp became the 44th player in program history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Needing just eight points entering the game, the Alto, Michigan native finished with 14 and now stands at 1,006 career points.
FINAL SCORE: Spring Arbor 64, Grace 65
LOCATION: MOCC | Winona Lake, Ind.
RECORDS: Spring Arbor 16-12 (8-8 CL), Grace 14-14 (6-10 CL)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Medendorp had a big impact on the game early scoring eight points in the first nine minutes to help Spring Arbor grab a 16-10 lead. Just minutes later, Starks and Caleb Hogans would bury back-to-back three-pointers to give SAU a 12 point advantage, 26-14, at the 7:02 mark. The Cougars would never trail in the first half.
- Grace trailed by seven with 2:07 remaining in the period, but the home team closed the half on a 7-0 run, including a three-pointer by Erik Bowen at the buzzer, to even the score at halftime 35-35.
- The Lancers scored the first four points of the second half to grab their first lead of the afternoon, and would pull ahead by as many as six, 49-43.
- Spring Arbor responded, however, with a 13-2 run highlighted by triples from Hogans and Drew Zuidema.
- The two teams went back and forth over the final five minutes of the contest. Two free throws from Paul Marandet gave SAU a 64-63 lead at the 1:46 mark. The Cougars made two more big defensive stops, but were unable to put the game away on the offensive end.
- The Lancers capitalized on their final possession as Hoffer drove into the lane and hit the game-winning shot with the clock winding down.
FOR THE COUGARS
- Medendorp was one of three Cougars to finish with 14 points on the afternoon joining Marandet and Starks. Marandet also added nine rebounds and four assists while Starks had eight boards.
- Hogans chipped in seven points while Xavier Prather and Tommy Hamilton tallied five apiece.
- Spring Arbor shot 42 percent (22-for-52) from the field overall, but just 37 percent (10-for-27) in the second half.
- The Cougars were out-rebounded by the Lancers 32-28.
FOR THE LANCERS
- Bowen led the way for Grace with 17 points while Tre Olive and Logan Godfrey added 10 each.
- The Lancers finished the day shooting 47 percent (26-for-55).
- Grace got a big contribution from its bench with 21 points. The Lancers also turned 11 SAU turnovers into 15 points.
Spring Arbor is currently tied with Mount Vernon Nazarene University for fifth place in the Crossroads League standings with two games to play. The Cougars will travel to Goshen College (10-18, 3-13 CL) on Tuesday, Feb. 14 before returning home to host No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan University (22-6, 12-4 CL) in its regular season finale on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.