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EC MEN WIN CONFERENCE GAME

January 5, 2013
Earlham College Broadcast Sports



RICHMOND, Ind. — Big shots and defense proved to be the difference on Saturday for
the Earlham College men's basketball team beat Manchester University 73-67 in
overtime on Schuckman Court in the Athletics and Wellness Center.

"It was good to get off the slide," Earlham Head Coach Marcus Gill said. "We played
hard, but even harder in the second half. We kept believing, executing and making
plays."

The Quakers trailed 60-57 with six seconds remaining in regulation after Greg Flores
hit a pair of free throws for Manchester (4-9, 1-5).

After the Spartans called timeout, Vidail Jett brought the ball up the floor and
found Tyler Lewers for a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the contest into an extra
session.

Heading into overtime, Gill had a simple message for his team.

"We've got an opportunity here," Gill said to his squad. "Tyler hit a big shot and
now it's all about defense."

The Earlham defense came though early in the overtime as the Quakers built a 67-62
advantage with 2:13 remaining.

The Spartans closed the gap to 67-65 before Blake Welch nailed a 3-pointer with 35
seconds left to put the Quakers on top 70-65.

Welch followed that moment by hitting 1-of-2 free throws and Dustin Rusk hit a pair
from the free throw line with two seconds left to put the game out of reach for the
Spartans.

Spartans in Control Early

Both teams held early leads before Manchester pulled away in the first half with a
17-12 lead at the 9:41 mark.

Earlham was able to answer to tie the game at 17-17 when Jett hit a 3-pointer with
7:20 to go in the opening period, but the Spartans bounced back to lead 24-20 at
halftime.

In the second half, both teams held leads as the stage was set for the Quakers to
come away with the victory.

Earlham (2-11, 1-5) entertains Bluffton University on Wednesday. The HCAC affair
gets underway at 7:30 p.m.


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