Grace Takes Down No. 23 Ashford to Close Out 2013

pictured is Brandon Vanderhegghen (No. 32) photo credit to Seth Elliott

Grace’s men’s basketball team picked up its first statement win of the 2013-14 campaign with a 67-59 upset of No. 23 Ashford on Tuesday.

The Lancers ended 2013 on a high note with the team’s most complete game of the season. Senior Jared Treadway had one of the biggest games of his career with 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Lancers (8-6). Grace also committed a season-low three turnovers in its New Year’s Eve victory at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

A hard-fought first half swung Grace’s way late as the Lancers ended the half on a 10-2 run. Grace beat the first-half buzzer on a fastbreak play when Logan Irwin scored a putback layup to lift the Lancers to a 37-31 advantage.

Niko Read scored 11 of his 14 points before halftime to pace Grace.

The 23rd-ranked Saints (12-6), fresh off an upset of No. 13 Huntington on Monday, were unable to penetrate Grace’s lead. Jared Treadway played a major role in the second half, scoring nine points over a crucial6:10 stretch. His last points – an and-1 with 3:47 remaining – gave the Lancers a seven-point cushion. He also grabbed seven offensive boards in a standout performance.

Although Grace only made 41.4 percent of its field goals, the Lancers cemented the win with their ball control. Grace had 13 assists on 24 made field goals and had a season-low three turnovers – including none in the second half.

Logan Irwin finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals without turning the ball over, and Read finished with 14 points on a trio of 3-pointers. Greg Miller tallied 14 points, and Brandon Vanderhegghen added seven points off the bench.

The Lancers will look for a second-straight upset when they host rival No. 5 Bethel on Saturday at the MOCC. Grace’s women’s team will battle the Pilots at 1 p.m. with the men’s game to tip off shortly after.

Saturday’s game is “Biomet Day” where all Biomet employees and family members will be admitted free of charge to the doubleheader. It will also be “Kids’ Day” to admit all area students into the doubleheader for free with one accompanying parent.

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