Ewing’s 24 points lead men’s basketball team to 79-78 win over Johnson & Wales

Photo by Alan Babbitt, Hope SID
Photo by Alan Babbitt, Hope SID

HOLLAND, Mich. –  Senior Eric Ewing scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Olivet College men's basketball team to a 79-78 win over Johnson & Wales (R.I.) University this evening at the DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland. The game was a part of the Russ DeVette/Holland Sentinel Classic.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Olivet 79, Johnson & Wales 78
Location: DeVos Fieldhouse; Holland, Mich.
Records: Olivet 3-6 overall, Johnson & Wales 2-6 overall

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Wildcats led by three points, 11-8, at the 16:14 mark of the first half.
  • The Comets countered with a 10-1 run to go up by six points, 18-12, with 12:44 left before halftime.
  • Johnson & Wales came back answered with back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game at 18-18 at the 11:06 mark.
  • Over the next 10 minutes of game time, there would be four lead changes and five tied scores.
  • After the last tie at 40-40, Olivet scored two straight baskets in an 11-second span to take a 44-40 lead.
  • The Wildcats drained their 10th basket from long range right before the halftime buzzer to make the score 44-41 at the break.
  • The Comets gained the first double digit lead for either team when they led by 10 points, 56-46, with 13:51 remaining in the second half.
  • Olivet extended its lead to as many as 14 points, 66-52, at the 10:46 mark.
  • Johnson & Wales came back with an 11-0 run to trim its deficit to three points, 66-63.
  • The Comets quickly pushed their lead back to double figures twice, with the last time being 76-65 at the 4:49 mark.
  • The Wildcats closed the gap to one point, 79-78, with 35.7 seconds left.
  • Olivet turned the ball over with 5.6 seconds showing on the clock but Johnson & Wales failed to get a shot off.

FOR THE COMETS

  • Olivet shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61) from the floor but were nearly perfect, 88.0 percent (22-of-25) from the free throw line.
  • Ewing made nine baskets, including a pair from three-point range, and four free throws for his 24 points.
  • Seniors Chris Chrzan and R.J. Haas, and sophomore Thomas Tsalkitzis all scored 15 points.
  • Haas also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

FOR THE WILDCATS                                        

  • Johnson & Wales made 29 field goals, including 13 from behind the arc, and 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
  • Jarell Lawson led the Wildcats with 18 points and nine rebounds.
  • Demani Spence contributed 17 points.
  • Matt Madoian had 14 points and four assists.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Tonight's game was the first-ever meeting between the Comets and Wildcats on the basketball court.

UP NEXT

  • Olivet plays Spalding (Ky.) University tomorrow in the second day of the tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.