Kalamazoo, Mich. - The Alma College men's basketball team fell 92-82 in overtime to Kalamazoo College on Saturday (Jan. 26) afternoon after erasing a 16-point second half deficit.
The Scots (4-15, 3-5 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) trailed for the entire second half, but they chipped away at Kalamazoo's lead and eventually tied the game with 10 seconds left. Alma would go cold in overtime, though, hitting only one of its eight attempts from the field.
Kyle Woodruff (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly) led the Scots with 30 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Brandon Rake (Whitehall, Mich. / Whitehall) posted nine points and 14 rebounds, though he fouled out in 34 minutes. Cole Kleiver (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston) put up 15 points, while Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds and Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) had 11 points and seven boards.
Kalamazoo's (5-14, 2-6 MIAA) Jeremiah Vincent led all scored with 31 points. He shot 13-of-18 from the field and added a team-high seven rebounds. Ben Reiter scored 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. Tanner Blyly had 17 points on 18 attempts and seven of the team's 12 turnovers. No other Hornet took more than six shots.
How It Happened
- Kalamazoo began the game hot, hitting four of its first five threes to take an early 14-6 lead. Conversely, Alma missed five of its first eight shots from the field.
- Now down 21-13, the Scots reeled off a 10-0 run to take a 23-21 lead. Woodruff had five points in the two-minute span. He added another three-pointer to give the Scots a 30-25 lead, their biggest of the game, with 7:01 remaining in the first half.
- Over the final seven minutes of the frame, Kalamazoo outscored Alma 24-8. The Hornets went 10-of-15 during that span, while Alma went 2-of-8 from the field. It also turned the ball over four times in the final three minutes. The Scots trailed 49-38 at the half.
- The Hornets pushed their lead up to 16 points less than four minutes into the second half as Alma missed its first five shots from the field. Kalamazoo maintained a double-digit lead until the 8:32 mark when Kleiver made three straight layups to get the Scots back to within seven at 69-62.
- Harvey connected on a three-pointer to bring Alma to within six, then to four after a layup from Stevens and later to two after a pair of free throws with 3:21 left.
- On four straight possessions, Kalamazoo would take a four-point lead and Alma would respond with a bucket on the other end to get back to within two. Finally, with 14 seconds left, Amari Hudson (Highland Park, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public School Academy) poked the ball away from Kalamazoo's Tanner Blyly and Woodruff picked it up. He went coast-to-coast for an uncontested layup to tie the game at 78 with 10 seconds left. Blyly missed a tough layup on the other end as time expired.
- Kleiver dropped in a layup to begin the scoring in overtime, but it would be the last field goal Alma made. The Scots missed their next seven attempts from the field, while Kalamazoo made four of its six shots and six of its seven free throws to seal the win.
- Neither team shot particularly well from the field in the game; Alma shot 41-percent while the Hornets shot 46-percent.
- Kyle Woodruff's 30 points are the most by an Alma player since Cole Kleiver scored 35 on December 8 against No. 12 Wisconsin-Whitewater. It is also Woodruff's second 30-point game this season — he previously scored 33 against No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan on November 17.
- Woodruff started the game shooting 5-of-5, including 4-of-4 from three. He also made nine of his ten free throws.
- This was Woodruff's second time coming off the bench this season, the first time being against No. 4 Whitman on December 19.
- Brandon Rake's 14 rebounds is a new career-high, topping his previous mark of 10 set in Alma's previous game against Trine on January 23.
- Alma outscored the Hornets 40 to 18 in the paint.
- Kalamazoo shot 9-of-17 from three in the first half compared to 3-of-13 in the second half. It did not attempt a three in overtime.
Alma returns home to face Calvin College on Wednesday (Jan. 30) for a 7:30 p.m. tip. The Scots defeated Calvin by one thanks to two free throws from Steven Harvey with 0.3 seconds left in their previous matchup this season.