By Zack Peñalva, Sports Editor
Men’s Basketball Loses on the Road
Nov. 18- The 97-84 loss against Kentucky State University was the third in a row for an Eagles team that seems to be struggling to put all of its pieces together this early in the season. After narrowly losing to St. Catherine College and Washington Adventist University last week on the back of some poor three-point shooting, the Eagles had more trouble in the interior against KSU.
Asbury shot at nearly 42 percent from behind the arc against KSU, a huge upgrade from shooting under 20 percent in their last two games. Junior Kristian Morgan hit three of his four three-point attempts with sophomore Daulton Peters also contributing three buckets from distance. If seniors Kyle Lamb and Jordan Gilbert can find the same shooting from distance they had last season, the Eagles will have solid perimeter shooters for the season.
But while the three-point shooting against KSU improved, the overall shooting was much worse. After shooting over 60 percent from the paint against Washington, Asbury went 18-44 from the field against KSU. Freshman Trenton Thompson and junior Tyler Smith both saw high volumes of shots, but the Eagles’ offense very much missed them scoring consistently.
The season’s still young but with two away games against conference opponents looming, the Eagles will have to quickly knock the rust off to stay competitive in the KIAC.