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Eagles Battle Top Ranked IU Southeast

The Alice Lloyd Eagles played host to the KIAC’S top rated team, the Grenadiers of Indiana University Southeast on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles battled hard before eventually succumbing 86-71.

In the first half, the Eagles came out of the gates on fire. A Brandon Hayes three-point play followed by a Terry Muse power move sparked the hosts to a 10-2 lead at the 16:02 mark. When Alice Lloyd’s Brent Hall connected from fifteen feet at the 12:00 mark, ALC still led 14-7.

IU Southeast then flexed their muscles. Sparked by jet-quick guard Wes Cox, the Grenadiers exploded on a 23-6 run in just over six minutes and vaulted ahead 30-20 with 5:21 remaining.

Alice Lloyd settled down. When Eagles guard Clint Stepp drained a 25-foot bomb just before the buzzer, the halftime score was set at 42-33 in IUSE’s favor.

In the last half, the visitors opened on a quick 6-0 run. They maintained their cushion throughout the next eight minutes and led 63-46 at the midway point.

The Eagles refused to fold and kept battling back, but they never got closer than fourteen points the rest of the way.

For ALC (8-7, 0-1 KIAC), Stepp and Shawn Thompson tied for team scoring honors with 14 apiece. Isaac Wilson chipped in with 12. Brandon Hayes and Casey Dalton each added 8.

IU Southeast (12-6, 2-0 KIAC) was led by Cox with a game-high 25 points.

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