Men's Basketball News & Highlights
January 18, 2014
Eagles Stopped By Monarchs
WILKES-BARRE, Pa.--Eastern Men's Basketball fell on the road on Saturday, dropping the conference game against the King's College Monarchs, 74-61.
King's College's Kyle Hammonds dropped a game-high 30 points against the Eagles, scoring half of his points from behind the 3-point line.
Eastern had four players score in double figures. Freshman Shaquan Turk finished with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Turk provided the highlight of the night with a rim-shaking dunk from the left baseline over a defender with 6:23 left in the first half. Turk drew the foul and finished the 3-point play.
Caleb Knudsen contributed his third double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Jimmie Willis and Jordan Diggs each added 10 points.
Willis scored the first five points of the game in the opening minute, but King's Hammonds responded with a 3-pointer that started a trend for him. King's took the lead at 9-8 with 15:23 to play in the first half and forced Eastern to play catchup the rest of the game.
The Eagles trailed by seven points, 40-33, with two minutes left in the first half, but Jordan Diggs cut that deficit to four with a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:54 to go. King's got two back with free throws, and five seconds before halftime, stretched its lead to nine points with a 3-pointer by Hammonds.
The Monarchs increased the lead to 15 with 13:13 left in the game, but eight straight points from Turk and a free throw from Willis helped Eastern pull within six points, 61-55, with 6:27 to go. Unfortunately for the Eagles, that was as close as they would get to completing the comeback.
The Eagles shot better than King's from the floor, 39.3 percent to 35.8 percent, but King's received additional opportunities after grabbing 17 offensive rebounds and winning the rebound battle 45-35.
King's Joe Caffrey supplemented Hammonds' 30 points with 19 of his own, 11 from the free-throw line. Dan Rutecki added 10 points and nine rebounds, and Christian Skrepenak added eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 13 minutes of play.
Eastern (7-8, 1-3 Freedom) faces FDU-Florham at home on Wednesday.
Updated: Tuesday, 21 January 2014