Pioneers men's basketball goes cold in second half at Anderson

Pioneers men's basketball goes cold in second half at Anderson

Anderson, Ind. – The Transylvania men's basketball team fell victim to a second-half scoring blitz by the host Anderson University Ravens on Saturday afternoon, as they were defeated 91-68 at the O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Pioneers were led in scoring by sophomore guard Cooper Theobald, who accounted for 20 points and nine rebounds in the contest, while hitting on six of his seven free-throw attempts.

Theobald has broken the 20-point mark in three games this season, and is now averaging 17.5 points per game.

Theobald was joined in double-figure scoring by sophomore forward Kyle Gullett and freshman guard Spencer McKinney, who each added 11 points in the loss for the Pioneers.

The game was a tale of two halves for the Pioneers. Transylvania made use of adept sharpshooting to control the game throughout the first half. The Pioneers shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, while the Ravens missed all of their long-range attempts in the first half.

Transylvania's largest lead of the game came at the 14:50 mark of the first half, when a Kyle Gullett three-pointer extended the Pioneers' lead to 18-10. However, a well-timed run by the Ravens saw the hosts score five points in the final minute of the half, cutting the Transylvania lead to 42-40 at the break.

The second half would prove to be fatal for the Pioneers as their shooting percentage dropped from 47 to 26 percent. The Pioneers also failed to score a three-point basket in the second half. The drop-off in shooting was critical in Anderson outscoring Transylvania 51-26 in the second-half, giving the Ravens a 91-68 victory on their home court.

With the loss, Transylvania's record now sits at 2-4 overall, and 1-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

Next up, Transylvania will face HCAC rival Rose-Hulman on Saturday December 17. Tip-off between the Pioneers and the Fightin' Engineers is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the Clive M. Beck Center.

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