Coach Brian Lane achieves win No. 250 in victory over Earlham

Transylvania Head Coach Brian Lane achieved his 250th career victory at home in a surefire win against Earlham
Transylvania Head Coach Brian Lane achieved his 250th career victory at home in a surefire win against Earlham

Lexington, Ky. – Using a pair of 20 point performances, the Transylvania men's basketball team defeated the Earlham College Quakers 86-62 at the Beck Center on Wednesday night for Coach Brian Lane's 250th career victory.

With the win, Transylvania improved to 7-5 overall, and 2-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, good for sixth place in the conference standings.

Coach Lane has accumulated all of his 250 head coaching victories at Transylvania and is the second-winningest coach in program history behind only his father, legendary coach Don Lane.

With the elder Lane and all of Coach Brian Lane's family in attendance anticipating a special evening, his Pioneers on the floor came through and did so from start to finish, ensuring that the 250th win would be a certain one.

The Pioneers were led in scoring by senior guard Alex Jones and freshman forward Zachary Pulliam, who each scored 20 points on the night.

In addition to the scoring outburst, Jones recorded 10 rebounds and four assists in the victory.

Wednesday night was Jones's fourth 20-point game of the season, extending his recent streak of big game performances. Jones now ranks second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in total assists for the season.

Pulliam shot a blistering 6-for-11 from beyond the three-point line, his third time in five games with five or more converted three-pointers.  

Throughout the game the Pioneers made use of the three-point shot to extend their lead over the Quakers. While Earlham shot a dismal 25 percent from three-point range, Transylvania went 15-for-31 from beyond the arc.

After the Quakers took a 2-0 lead on the opening possession, a driving layup from Jones and a three-point jumper by sophomore forward Kyle Gullett gave the Pioneers their first lead of the game, one they would not relinquish for the rest of the night.

In just a matter of minutes, the Pioneers extended their lead to 13-2 over the Quakers. The scoring run was capped off by a fast break layup from junior forward Robert Dence.

Transylvania would continue to extend its lead over Earlham throughout the first half, thanks to 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from Jones. As a team, the Pioneers shot 58 percent from the field in the first half.

As the Pioneers continued to control the game in the second half, Coach Lane reached deep into his bench, playing all 14 Pioneers who dressed for the game.  

The Pioneers continued to control the game throughout the second half, eventually extending their lead to 73-36 with 9:36 remaining in the second half before cruising to an 86-62 victory over the Quakers.

As the buzzer sounded, Coach Lane was recognized over the PA system with an announcement acknowledging his milestone win, and received an enthusiastic embrace from his players, one-by-one as they headed into the locker room. The night presented multiple reasons for celebration, including the certification of a five-game winning streak with the win on Wednesday.

The Pioneers will try to extend the streak to six games on Saturday, January 7 when they l travel to Defiance, Ohio for a conference matchup with the Defiance College Yellow Jackets. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. from the Karl H. Weaner Center.

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