Men’s Basketball Completes Dominant Weekend With 91-67 Victory
Grace topped 90 points for the third straight game on Saturday with a 91-67 dismantling of the University of Akron-Wayne.
The NAIA No. 16 Lancers (3-0) are averaging 100.3 points per game in their first three contests.
Saturday’s game saw the Lancers make over 50 percent of their shot attempts (37-of-71) and place five players in double digits for points. Akron-Wayne, conversely, was stifled into a 32-percent shooting from the floor.
Grace erupted for 51 points in the opening half, taking a 51-31 lead into the halftime break. The Lancers drilled seven 3-pointers before halftime and connected on a sizzling 62 percent from the floor.
Head coach Jim Kessler used his substitutes extensively in the game, allowing 16 Lancers to see the court. Grace’s bench tallied 36 points overall, 18 of which came from Brandon Vanderhegghen who made 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Greg Miller notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards to go along with six blocked shots, and Niko Read sank four 3-pointers for 18 points. Miller and Read were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Crossroads Classic at MVNU for their efforts.
Brock McFarland produced 10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, and Logan Irwin added 13 points and four assists.
Kyle Fillman contributed eight points and seven rebounds off the bench, and freshman Eric Miller pulled down seven boards in six minutes off the bench.
The Lancers held a dominant 54-22 advantage in points in the paint. Grace also outrebounded Akron-Wayne by 16 in the game.
Grace will travel to IU-East on Tuesday before returning to the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center for the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Classic on Friday and Saturday.