LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Pioneers found their mark Wednesday, sinking 10 three pointers in the second half to win big at home against Heartland Conference foe Earlham, 90-71. Leading the way for the Pioneers was sophomore forward Parker Stansberry who scored a game-high 22 points and two blocks to go with his two steals and eight rebounds.
Despite the lopsided final score, the game started out quite differently for Transylvania. To open the game, the Pioneers shot zero percent from beyond the arc and found themselves quickly in foul trouble with two starters, freshman guard Garrett Dorfman and sophomore center Joe Jennings, picking up two quick fouls just minutes into the contest. Both factors turned the game in favor of Earlham who opened a seven-point lead midway through the half.
Following misses and costly fouls, the Pioneers began to chip away at Earlham's lead and slowly began to open up a cushion of their own. A contributing factor was Stansberry who scored 16 points in 16 minutes of first-half action. Stansberry, as well as freshman guard Logan Wade, shot 4-for-4 from the free-throw line to help the Pioneers go into the half leading 45-35.
The second half was all in favor of the Pioneers. Transylvania's defense forced Earlham to settle for perimeter shots.On the other end of the court, the offense sank 10-of-17 from beyond the arc. Having theoffense coupled with starters having only six second-half fouls, led Transylvania to open up a 30-point lead with 7:04 remaining in the game.
With a few minutes remaining Head Coach Brian Lane pulled his starters and allowed bench players to play significant minutes. With a few three pointers and fouls, Earlham cut the deficit to 19 by the end of the game to finish 90-71 in favor of the Pioneers.
Having a strong night for the Pioneers was freshman guard Ethan Rowe who scored 16 points, five rebounds and two assists. Rowe was joined by Wade who added 20 points and three rebounds with 4-for-7 shooting from the perimeter. Freshman guard Mason Monroe also had a productive game, scoring eight points with five assists.
The Pioneers are in action again this Saturday, Feb. 1st at 3 p.m. when they face off against Manchester University on the road.