Asbury Athletics at a glance

Published 3:27 pm Friday, December 8, 2023

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Mens and womens basketball got back into play after Thanksgiving break this weekend at Mountaintop Madness Classic at Covenant College.

Mens basketball

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Ben McNew’s 13 points in the second aided Asbury (6–0) defeat of Johnson University (Fl.) for their fifth straight win on Friday, Dec. 1, in Lookout Mountain, Ga. Despite a 21-5 run by the Suns, late in the second, AU managed to hold onto their lead for the entire match and secured an 83-76 victory over Johnson. Ben McNew recorded four season-highs with 21 points on 8-17 from the field, four rebounds, one block and one steal. Clayton Winter also recorded four season-highs with 20 points on 8-12 from the field, nine rebounds, six FT’s made and one block. Caleb Wallis picked up 15 points from 7-11 from the field and two boards. Aden Slone had a season-high with seven assists and recorded nine points.

In Asbury’s match-up in Lookout Mountain, Ga., senior Caleb Wallis hit a buzzer-beating three to take down Covenant (3-4) and give Asbury their sixth straight victory in a 68-66 match. Wallis set numerous career and season highs, with his most notable being his 31 points against the Scots. Caleb Wallis set three season highs with 31 points, seven 3’s, and nine baskets made in the field. Despite only scoring three points in the first, Wallis quickly rebounded and went on to score 28 in the second. Dakota Walden grabbed his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Clayton Winter was a force under the rim, picking up 15 boards and six points. Freshman Cayden Lancaster added eight points and two big first-half 3’s off the bench.

Womens basketball

Asbury women’s basketball (5-4) dropped a tough match to LaGrange College (5-2), 66-58, on Friday, Dec. 1,, at Covenant College in game one of the Mountaintop Madness Classic. Camryn Preston led the team with 12 points, two rebounds, and one assist. Morgan Flannery tallied 10 points, five assists, and three rebounds. Spencer Harvey scored 10 points, one steal, and four rebounds.

A stout defensive performance and balanced scoring attack helped lead Asbury past Covenant College (2-5) on Saturday, Dec. 2, 52-44. Spencer Harvey scored nine points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out three assists. Morgan Flannery added nine points, five rebounds, and two steals. Bre Jones scored seven points and added six rebounds off the bench. Haleigh Releford put in six points, grabbed six rebounds and tallied three steals.