Asbury Athletics at a glance

Published 3:15 pm Friday, December 15, 2023

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Both basketball teams continued action this week, with the womens traveling to NCAA Division I Bellarmine for an exhibition game.

Mens basketball

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The Eagles (7-2) headed down the road to compete in the Casey Sparrow Memorial Classic hosted by Campbellsville-Harrodsburg this past weekend. The Eagles faced off against Southeastern Illinois College on Friday, taking their seventh victory in a 96-68 victory. Clayton Winter recorded his first double-double of the season with 19 points (8-10 FG) and 10 rebounds. Ben McNew matched Winter with 19 points (4-7 3PT) of his own. Caleb Wallis and Dakota Walden both scored in the double digits, Wallis with 14 and Walden with 13. Aden Slone added six points and dished out seven assists. Cayden Lancaster scored eight points (4-9 FG) off the bench.

AU then went on to face a new NCCAA competitor, Champion Christian College (5-6), on Saturday evening. The Eagles found their first loss of the season after impressive offensive efforts by the Tigers in a 96-82 victory. Ben McNew led AU with 21 points and recorded a season-high of five threes made (5-11 3PT). Caleb Wallis followed close behind with 19 of his own (7-14 FG). Clayton Winter tied his season-high of 15 boards against the Tigers and added nine points. Aden Slone added six points and dished out seven assists while grabbing four steals.

Despite 46 first-half points and five players scoring double-digits, Asbury fell 71-69 on Monday afternoon to Berea College (4-4) in Berea. AU led by 12 at the end of the first half after shooting 50% from the field on 18 FG, but Berea rallied back shooting 61% in the second half to complete the comeback on their home court. Clayton Winter played all 40 minutes with a 15 and 15 double-double, going 7-13 from the field. Caleb Wallis had 15 points, nine assists (season-high), five rebounds, and five steals (season-high). Aden Slone scored his career-high at AU with 14, dished four assists, grabbing four rebounds, and two steals. Dakota Walden went 4-9 from the field and 4-4 from the line for 13 points, grabbing three rebounds as well. Ben McNew made four threes for 12 points with two boards and two assists.

Womens basketball

The Eagles  (5-5) traveled to Louisville on Saturday to take on Division I Bellarmine University (2-5) in an exhibition game. AU posted 65 points in the 90-65 defeat, with Haleigh Releford scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Haleigh Releford scored a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds. Trinity Shearer posted 10 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks. Morgan Flannery put in six points and grabbed five rebounds. Camryn Preston added 10 points and two rebounds. Bre Jones scored six points (2-2 3PT) and gathered four rebounds off the bench.