EARLHAM BASKETBALL ROUND-UP
February 17, 2014Earlham College Broadcast Sports
RICHMOND, Ind. — Saturday's Earlham College men's basketball game may have been
about defense, but it also came down to one shot.
Chris Holmes banked home the game-winner from the left side with 2.5 seconds
remaining to give the Quakers a 61-59 victory over Franklin College on Schuckman
Court in the Athletics and Wellness Center.
Earlham called a timeout with 24 seconds left to set up the final play. After
letting the clock tick away, Holmes drove to the left and scored.
After the score, Franklin called timeout. The Grizzlies failed to get the ball
inbounds as it went off a player's hand to give Earlham the ball.
Kirk Douglas was fouled and missed the two free throws, but it didn't matter as
Franklin's deparation heave off the rebound wasn't close.
For Earlham Head Coach Marcus Gill, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
contest was really about his squad's defense as the offense sputtered.
"It's all about defense," Gill said. "We shot terrible in the first half, but I tell
our players if we guard, we will be right there."
The Quakers were in the game at halftime, but Franklin led 23-19. The Quakers were
able to comeback from that point.
"We defended well and made a few shots in the second half, but it was all about the
defense," Gill said.
Holmes led the Quakers with 27 points and seven rebounds, while Jack O'Flaherty had
19 points with a perfect 14-of-14 performance from the free throw line in the second
Douglas finished with eight points and four blocks. His school season record is now
at 75 blocks.
The Quakers began the afternoon with a 10-1 advantage after Douglas slammed his
second dunk of the game home at the 17:01 mark of the first half.
The Grizzlies (10-13, 7-9) were able to respond, but it took most of the period as
they built their four-point halftime lead in the last moments of the half.
In the second half, Franklin was able to maintain its distance from the Quakers
until O'Flaherty hit a pair of free throws at 13:57 to tie the contest at 31-31.
Earlham was able to put together a run that gave the Quakers a 51-44 lead with 5:44
left as Phillip Boone drilled two free throws.
The Grizzlies answered in a big way as they scored 11 straight to go on top 55-51
with 2:53 remaining.
Four more free throws by O'Flaherty eventually tied the game at 55-55 at 1:56. From
that time, the game was tied twice as the Quakers led the rest of the way.
Earlham (5-18, 4-12) entertains Bluffton University on Wednesday as the Quakers play
their final home contest of the regular season. The game gets underway at 7:30 p.m.
RICHMOND, Ind. — The Earlham College women's basketball team celebrated Senior Day
on Saturday as Danielle Altman, Jazmynne Cunningham and Bria Sneed played for the
final time on Schuckman Court in the Athletics and Wellness Center.
Franklin College spoiled the party as the Grizzlies posted a 98-76 win over the
Quakers in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference affair.
"This senior class has meant so much to the women's basketball program," Earlham
Head Coach Melissa Johnson said. "Their work ethic, positive attitudes and
coachability have helped turn this program around. I am honored to have had the
opportunity to coach them for the past three years."
Despite the loss, the Quakers (11-12, 7-9) held on to the sixth and final
post-season spot in the conference standings as Defiance and the Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology both lost to remain tied for seventh.
The Quakers had three players in double figures against the Grizzlies (13-10, 11-5).
Sneed led the way with 22 points. Sneed now has 1,191 in her career and is closing
in on the No. 5 spot on Earlham's all-time scoring list. Tasha Merrill (2005-09) has
Kasin Spay tossed in 19 points, while Hannah Franklin finished with 14 points.
Lexi McFarland added nine points and four assists. Maya Luney topped the squad with
The game was tight early before Franklin was able to build a 44-31 advantage by
In the second half, the Quakers were able to cut the defict to 10 points on four
occasions with the last coming at the 10:23 mark when Sneed scored to make it 70-60.
Earlham is on the road for the rest of the regular season as the Quakers visit
Bluffton University on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The regular season final is at
Anderson University next Saturday.