Second-Half Surge Lifts AU Men Over LSSU

Second-Half Surge Lifts AU Men Over LSSU


THE TURNING POINT: Down 61-59 in the second half, Ashland ran off 13 consecutive points to take a lead it would not relinquish.

STAT OF THE GAME: The Eagles have won 14 of their last 18 games away from Kates Gymnasium.

The Eagles continue to love the road life.

In the 2016-17 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener on Thursday (Dec. 1) night at Lake Superior State, Ashland University's men's basketball team used a 13-0 second-half run to top the Lakers, 95-87.

The Eagles are 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the GLIAC, while the Lakers are 2-2, 0-1.

Ashland's offense hummed to the tune of 59 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 19 assists, and the two biggest producers were sophomore guard Ben Haraway and senior guard Adrian Cook.

Haraway scored a career-high 27 points on 9-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line, while Cook added 23 points on 10-of-15 from the field, and collected four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Junior forward Marsalis Hamilton chipped in with 15 points (7-of-10 shooting), nine rebounds and three helpers, and junior center Teddy Metzen and sophomore forward Phil Frentsos each posted 10 points. Senior forward Torin Wetzel came off the bench for career-highs in both rebounds (eight) and assists (five), to go with six points.

Ashland turned 13 Laker turnovers into 28 points in the victory.

The Lakers had an early 9-7 lead before a quick 5-0 Eagle spurt. LSSU had a 20-18 lead for nearly 2½ minutes before a Cook jump shot knotted the game at 20.

With the game tied at 30, Lake Superior State began to pull away, but the Eagles went into halftime trailing just 40-39. The game's first 20 minutes saw 11 tie scores.

The Lakers extended their lead to five points in the first minute of the second half, but again, the Eagles had an answer, re-tying the score at 46. Lake Superior State then went on a 10-2 run, but AU kept the seesaw going with 11 points in a row for a 59-56 advantage following a triple by senior guard Boo Osborne.

Ashland trailed 61-59 before going on a 13-0 run which ended with a Haraway 3-pointer, then a Frentsos dunk allowed the Eagles to re-take a double-digit advantage at 74-64.

The Lakers got to within five points at 76-71, but Ashland pulled away for the conference win.

Thursday's game featured 14 ties and 12 lead changes.

UP NEXT: Saturday (Dec. 3) at 3 p.m. at Northwood (1-7, 1-0).