MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: ASBURY 87, IU EAST 68
February 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
NEW ALBANY, Ind. - The Indiana University East men's basketball team fell 87-68 against Asbury University in a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament semifinal on Feb. 25 at Indiana University Southeast.
"I asked (assistant coach Tyler) Rigby how (the players) were during warmups, and he said they were quiet, but he thought it was a good quiet, that they were focused and ready," said IU East coach Mark Hester.
"But it turned out it was a bad quiet. No intensity, no urgency right from the get-go."
IU East likely finishes 21-11. The Red Wolves, the No. 2 seed for the KIAC tournament, likely needed to win the tourney to earn a trip to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship.
Asbury (20-12), the No. 3 seed, will play in the KIAC tournament championship game Feb. 26.
"I can't say they wanted it more because I know we wanted it and everybody cared and was ready, but shots didn't fall and things didn't go our way," said sophomore guard Huston Clark (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo High School), who led IU East with 16 points. "That's about all I can say, that things didn't go our way."
Asbury finished the first half on a 19-1 surge that transformed a 29-25 IU East lead into a 44-30 halftime advantage for the Eagles.
IU East would get no closer than 10 in the second half. Asbury would lead by as much as 27.
Asbury got double-doubles from CJ Penny (32 points and 11 rebounds) and Dakotah Euton (19 points and 14 rebounds).
IU East finished with its fourth 20-win campaign in the last five seasons.