RICHMOND, Ind. – The Manchester University Spartans dropped a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road contest on Saturday, falling to Earlham College 86-62.
Both teams, known for their up-tempo styles of play, got up and down the floor in the first half. Nine lead changes highlighted a back-and-forth opening 20 minutes of action. The Spartans shot 50% (15-30) in the first half. Earlham converted on 15 of 26 field goal attempts in the opening period, good for a 57.7% clip. Manchester trailed by just four, 39-35, at the intermission. Neither team led by more than four points in the first half. Jalmen Sullivan (Kankakee, Ill. / St. Anne) led MU with nine first half points. Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind. / Fall Creek) scored eight points and dished out three assists in the first half.
The host Quakers opened the second half with a quick surge and Manchester was unable to recover. MU was outscored 47-27 in the second period.
For the game, Manchester shot 25-60 (41.7%) from the floor and was held to 23.8% (5-21) shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Earlham shot 52.5% (32-61) from the field and also made 17 of 22 (77.3%) foul shot attempts.
Leading the Manchester offense on Saturday was Adrian Johnson, who finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Jalmen Sullivan finished with 14 points on the strength of 6-8 shooting off the bench. Abdul Ogunnaike (Richton Park, Ill. / Thornwood) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Manchester dropped to 2-5, 1-2 HCAC. Earlham moved to 2-6, 1-2 HCAC on the young season. The Spartans will play a non-conference home game on Wednesday December 12th against Aquinas. Tip from Stauffer-Wolfe Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.