Anderson, IN – Despite two big Pioneer runs in the first half, the Transylvania men's basketball team fell to the Anderson Ravens at the O.C. Lewis Gym on Saturday 103-83 in a physical clash to break out of a tie for sixth place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.
Senior forward Parker Stansberry followed up his performance of 29 points in the first meeting of the year with Anderson by scoring a game-high 22 points. Sophomore wing Alex Jones matched Stansberry's 22-point output, while Cooper Theobald stepped up with 16 points before fouling out late.
Anderson was able to overcome the contributions of the three key scorers for Transylvania by limiting the rest of the roster to just 23 of 83 points, while hitting the triple-digit mark for the fifth time this season in a high-possession game.
The Ravens stormed back from a 15-point first half deficit to outscore the Pioneers in the second half, 65-42, while shooting 67 percent from the field and 6-for-9 from three point range.
The Pioneers harnessed the momentum to open the game, as Stansberry scored nine points in the first half on 4-for-6 shooting from the field.
The Pioneers capped off an early 7-0 run on a 3-pointer by senior guard Lowell Gordon that put Transylvania up 12-5 within the first four minutes. Anderson managed to stay in the game through a diligent effort from freshman Stanley Duncan, who scored seven of the first nine points for the Ravens.
Anderson made it a six-point game (28-22) on a 3-pointer by junior Brett Anderson at the 7:12 mark of the first half before Transy pulled away again with a 9-0 run. Transylvania scored twice at the end of the run off of back-to-back steals.
Freshman guard Cooper Theobald immediately sank two more free-throws that resulted from a technical foul issued to Ravens' head coach Owen Handy, which gave the Pioneers a 15 point lead (37-22) with 4:20 left before the break.
Staying true to the game's format, the Ravens would battle back to end the first half with a 6-0 run of their own and headed to the locker room trailing Transy by only three (41-38).
Anderson's potent free-throw shooting spurred the comeback, as the Ravens shot 91.4 percent on the night (32-35) from the line.
The Pioneers lost the ball over on their first possession of the second half which proved to be a costly theme for the rest of the game, finishing with 14 turnovers compared to 5 turnovers by Anderson.
The Ravens took advantage of Transylvania's miscues, scoring 23 points off of turnovers while Transylvania added only six points off of takeaways.
Three-pointers were another major factor as Anderson converted on 11 of 22 attempts outside and shot 50.0 percent from the field in the game. Transy found the net from deep four times on nine attempts, shooting 44 percent on threes. As the three-point disparity grew, Anderson pulled away at the end to the tune of a 20-point lead (103-83) after coming back from their 15-point deficit.
Transylvania finished shooting 56.4 percent from the field, and 70.8 from the line.
With the loss, the Pioneers fell back to seventh place in the HCAC standings with an in-conference record of 6-6, and 7-12 overall.
The Pioneers are back in action with a chance to move up in conference standings this Wednesday at Hanover College as they take on the fourth-place Panthers. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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