LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania University men's basketball team fell to No. 9 ranked Ohio Wesleyan University on Tuesday night in the Don Lane Classic, 96-72. The Classic honors legendary coach Don Lane, the winningest coach in Transylvania basketball history. The Pioneers trailed by just nine points at halftime, but an explosive second half from the Bishops handed Transy the loss.
The Pioneers trailed for nearly the entire game, less 30 seconds in the opening minutes when guard Sam Sergeant scored the game's opening basket and forward Bo Schuh hit a jumper at the 19:11 mark. After the initial lead, OWU went on an extended run, running out to an 18-point lead with 10:37 to play in the opening half.
Trailing 32-14, Transylvania got their offense rolling over the next five minutes but still found themselves behind by 15 points after the Bishops continued to shoot the ball well. With 5:21 to play in the first period, Transy was facing a 40-25 deficit but a three-pointer from forward Parker Stansberry jumpstarted the Pioneer offense, which flourished over the closing minutes of the half, carrying Transy to a nine-point margin at the intermission.
The Pioneers seemed poised to make a run in the second half, cutting the deficit to seven on their opening possession in the period but the Bishops quickly pushed back out to a double-digit lead over their next three trips down the court. Ohio Wesleyan continued to shoot the ball well in the game over the final 10 minutes of the half and Transylvania went cold from the floor as OWU saw their lead swell to as large as 26.
Transylvania shot well in the contest, knocking back 46 percent (28-61) of their shot attempts, including six three-point baskets. But a strong shooting performance from OWU was too much to overcome as the Bishops shot 52 percent (34-65) from the floor.
Alex Jones led the Pioneers in scoring, dropping 22 points on 8-14 shooting. He was joined in double figures by Schuh (15) and Stansberry (13). Schuh also led all Transy players in rebounding with nine boards. The Pioneers dished out 14 assists on the day, led by five each from Jones and guard Cooper Theobald.
Transylvania returns to action on Dec. 30 with a road contest at Thomas More.