RICHMOND – Manchester University didn't get rattled when Earlham built up a digit advantage in the first half, nor when the Quakers answered countless Spartan runs in the second half.

Manchester hung around long and withstood a late Earlham push, forced overtime, and knocked off host Earlham College 68-64 on Saturday.

Earlham came out hot to start Saturday's contest and led Manchester 20-9 through seven minutes of action. The Spartans answered the Quakers' initial surge and closed the gap at halftime trailing 33-29.

Earlham opened the half with another surge to push its advantage back up to seven points with 15 minutes left in the ballgame.

With 7 minutes remaining and trailing by just five, the Spartans began their comeback push. Keiton Hall and Matthew Westman both nailed three-pointers to give MU a one-point advantage. After Earlham responded with a triple of their own, Hall answered right back with another 3-pointer to regain the lead.

The Spartans led by five points with a minute to play in regulation. The Quakers converted some key possessions late to force overtime.

MU never trailed in overtime and led by as much as six points. Keiton Hall buried a dagger 3-pointer with 59 seconds left to seal the victory.

Matthew Westman tallied a team-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting off the bench. Hall buried five 3-pointers and finished Saturday's game with 15 points and five boards.

Cortiz Buckner filled the stat sheet with 11 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds. Abdul Ogunnaike grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Spartans finished 25-of-55 from the field as a team, good enough for a 45.5% clip. MU also outrebounded Earlham 40-34. The Quakers were limited to 20-of-57 (35.1%) shooting for the game despite their hot start.

Manchester improved to 5-8, 3-3 HCAC on the year. Earlham dropped its second straight overtime decision this week and fell to 5-8, 1-5 HCAC. Manchester will travel to Defiance College for a 7:30 p.m. meeting with the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday.

Earlham def. WBB 75-48

RICHMOND – The Manchester Spartans saw their three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win streak snapped by a red-hot Earlham squad on Saturday January 11.

The Quakers outscored MU 41-20 in the second half and shot a blistering 11-of-22 from 3-point territory en route to a 75-48 win.

Earlham shot 47.6% (30-63) for the game on Saturday afternoon and forced 24 Spartan turnovers. The Quakers converted those 24 turnovers into 22 points and held a 34-25 advantage on the glass. EC also assisted on 26 of its 30 made field goals.

The Spartans stayed close with the hot-shooting Quakers for much of the first half and trailed by just six points, 34-28, at the intermission. As MU's offense slowed following the break, the Quakers continued to knock down perimeter shots to distance themselves from the visiting Spartans.

Manchester finished 17-of-42 (40.5%) from the floor on Saturday and made 10-of-12 (83%) of its free throw attempts.

Macy Miller led Manchester with a career-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Miller also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Freshman Hannah Lindsey scored in double figures for the fifth time this season, finishing with 11 points.

Manchester fell to 6-7, 3-3 HCAC on the year. Earlham College won for the second time this week and improved to 4-9, 3-3 HCAC.

Manchester will return to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena to face Defiance College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Indoor Track and Field Opens 2020 with Strong Start at Trine

ANGOLA – The Manchester Spartans opened the 2020 indoor track & field season with a pair of strong team performances at the Sean Brady/Keith Turner Alumni Open hosted by Trine University.

The women tallied 106 points on Saturday, good enough for a second-place overall finish. The men's side collected 63 points and placed fourth.

Emily Ewen led the Black and Gold with a first-place finish in the 5000 meters with a top time of 19:49.06.  Ana Acevedo added a third-place finish in the mile run with a time of 5:25.58.

The MU women had several strong performances in the field events on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Kendal Garringer placed second in the triple jump (29' 2.5") and third in the high jump (4' 9.75"). Erica Mohr added a runner-up finish in the weight throw with a distance of 41' 2.25", a new personal record. Tara Conley finished right behind Mohr in the weight throw with a distance of 41' 0.25".

Meagan Trimpey added a third-place finish in the pole vault, clearing a height of 9' 0.25".

The men were led by pair of event wins. Brian Hochstetler led the shot put field with a top distance of 46' 6.75". Hochstetler's distance was the fifth best mark in the shot put in school history.

Sam Barnard and Lucas Fontanez placed first and second in the 5000 meters with respective times of 15:47.28 and 15:56.46.

Justin Meredith added a third-place finish in triple jump with a distance of 40' 4.75".

Manchester will travel to Rose-Hulman at 5 p.m. Friday for the "Friday Night Spikes" meet.

Swim team battles Bethel

ELKHART – The Manchester University swimming & diving teams were back in action on Saturday January 11.

The Spartans competed against the Bethel University Pilots in dual meet action in Elkhart this afternoon.

The MU women's squad earned 92 points while the men earned 50 points. The Bethel men finished Saturday's meet with 106 points while the BC women earned 98 points.

Mackenzie Hoover placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 32.25. Hoover also placed first in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM.

Katie Blystone earned a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a final time of 1:09.65.

Shelby Kell earned an event win in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a time of 27.43.

Christain Poole added first-place finishes in both the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

The mixed 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kell, Poole, Maria Wells, and Jacob Ramer beat out Bethel's relay team on Saturday.

Wrestling Topped by Mount St. Joseph and Defiance at HCAC Duals

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Manchester Spartans were edged in a pair of wrestling matches at Defiance College this weekend. MU was edged in its first of two matches on Saturday afternoon by the Mount St. Joseph Lions by a final decision of 35-16. The Spartans were then defeated by the Defiance College Yellow Jackets by a final tally of 32-18.

Against Mount St. Joseph, Jordan Napier battled to a 13-8 decision in his 149-pound bout. JaVon Phillips earned a major decision victory over Chase Haehnle at 157-pounds.

Tyler Leonhard won a 7-2 decision at 165-pounds while Nicholas Torres pinned MSJ's Zak Hughey in the heavyweight bout.

Against Defiance College, both Napier and Phillips pinned their opponents. Jeremiah Ford also added a pin for the Spartans in his bout at 174-pounds.

Manchester will return to action next weekend on Satuday, then the team travels to Wabash College for the Max Servies Duals. Next weekend's event will begin around 9 a.m.