Eagle men finish season No. 2 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference

Williams finished with 16 points in win


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The Eagles look to rely on bench depth in the tournament to give the starters time to breathe in a potential three game week.

Cade Cracas, Sports & Digital Editor

The Ashland University men’s basketball took down the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans, 78-61, in conference play to secure the No. 2 seed in the conference.

In the Eagles’ win over the Trojans, they secured a final regular season record of 19-9 overall and 15-5 in conference play.

To start the first half, both teams battled back and forth with the Trojans keeping the contest close. With the score being 14-10 through seven minutes, the Trojans looked to be holding themselves with one of the top teams in the conference. Unfortunately for the Trojans three minutes would pass and the Eagles would go on a 10-0 run to push the lead to 14 points.

As the first half ended, the Eagles led 40-28. They shot 48% from the field and 38% from beyond the arc. In comparison, the Trojans shot 36% from the field and 22% from beyond the arc.

In the second half, the Eagles only built upon their lead as they outscored the Trojans 38-33 en route to a 78-61 win. The 17-point deficit win would secure them the No. 2 seed in the conference.

The Eagles were led by four double-digit scorers. Forwards James Manns and Maceo Williams tallied 16 points, while guard Brandon Haraway and center Victor Searls added 14.

Freshman guard Simon Wheeler also had a quiet but consistent day as he recorded six points, seven assists and five rebounds.

They now look to travel back home to Kates Gymnasium for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference postseason tournament where they will take on the Lake Erie Storm at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.