November 18, 2012Richmond High School
RICHMOND, Ind. — A fast start was just what the Earlham College men's basketball
team needed on Sunday.
And the Quakers did it as they posted a 76-55 victory over Oberlin College on
Schuckman Court in the Athletics and Wellness Center.
"By starting four first-year players, it was important that we got off to a good
start and we did," Earlham Head Coach Marcus Gill said. "Our biggest key was to
focus on defense and rebounding and just let our offense come to us."
After Oberlin (0-2) had a 3-pointer to begin the contest, the Quakers put together
an 11-0 run that was capped by a trey by Iman Sharif with 16:44 left in the first
The Quakers didn't stop there as they continued to increase their margin. When Blake
Welch scored at the 13:50 mark, the Quakers led 21-8.
"It was a great total team win," Gill said. "The difference today was that we made
shots and we didn't do that against Denison on Saturday."
Jack O'Flaherty, who led the Quakers with 25 points, gave Earlham its largest lead
of the first half when he hit a pair of free throws to make it 33-14 with 7:15
By intermission, the Quakers were able to maintain their distance from the Yeomen to
hold a 42-28 advantage.
In the second half, Oberlin was able to narrow the gap to 48-36 with 15:59 left in
the game, but that was a close as the Yeomen could get.
In addition to his game-high scoring total, O'Flaherty grabbed five rebounds.
Sharif and Tyler Lewers finished with nine points each, while Welch tossed in eight
Dustin Rusk had seven points to go with a team-high seven rebounds. Kristian Barden
have five points, six rebounds and three blocks. Marty Broderick had five rebounds
and three assists.
Earlham (1-2) entertains Trine University on Saturday on the first day of the
HCAC/MIAA Challenge. The contest gets underway at 4 p.m.