NORTH MANCHESTER – Visiting Earlham College was able to make a basket with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to secure a narrow 73-71 victory over Manchester inside of Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Saturday.

Both teams battled nearly evening in Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball contest, however, Kolden Vanlandingham’s basket at the end of regulation was able to seal the victory for the Quakers as Manchester’s final heave at the buzzer bounced harmlessly off of the backboard.

The Spartans shot 42.1 percent (24-57) from the field on Saturday afternoon. The Black and Gold knocked in 10 three-points. MU was also a perfect 13-13 at the free throw line.

Sophomore Brandon Christlieb (Ashley) led Manchester with his first career double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Christlieb’s 28 points matched his career-high which he set earlier this season – also against Earlham College. His 14 boards were also a career-high. Christlieb finished shooting 8-17 from the floor, 3-6 from downtown, and was a perfect 9-9 at the free throw line.

Earlham finished shooting 42 percent (29-69) in Saturday’s contest. The Quakers made all six of their three-point makes in the game following halftime. Anthony Phillips led EC with 19 points. Tommy Makabu added 15 points.

The Spartans (7-10, 6-4) will travel to Transylvania on Wednesday January 26 for a 3 p.m. meeting with the Pioneers.

Manchester Defeats Earlham 80-62

NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester University women’s basketball team defeated the Earlham College Quakers by a final score of 80-62 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Saturday January 22.

Back inside the friendly confines of Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, the Spartans improved to 5-1 at home following the win.

The Spartans led throughout Saturday’s contest, and their winning effort was aided by some clutch foul shooting. Manchester finished 29-33 from the free throw line – good for an 87.9 percent clip. The Spartans were a +21 from the charity stripe.

First-year guard Eva Bazzoni (Wabash) led Manchester with a strong outside shooting performance. Bazzoni scored 22 points on the strength of 7-13 shooting from the floor and 6-10 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Bazzoni added six rebounds.

Macy Miller (Huntertown) added 18 points and five rebounds for Manchester. Miller also shot 7-13 from the field. Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield) also scored in double figures, finishing with 12 points. Bieghler added seven assists. Madison Stamm (Fortville) chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench on Saturday. In total, nine different Spartans scored in the win.

The Spartans (7-7, 4-3 HCAC) will travel to nationally-ranked Transylvania University on Wednesday January 26 for a 1 p.m. matchup with the Pioneers.

Manchester Wrestling Competes in Wabash Invitational

CRAWFRODSVILLE – The Manchester University wrestling team competed in the Wabash College Invitational on Saturday January 22.

Elijah Phillips (Centerville) opened his day with a 12-4 major decision victory over Wabash's Jack Thursby in the 149-lb weight class.

First-year Josh Lee (Wyandotte, Mich.) earned his first collegiate win of the season on Saturday, after winning by fall over West Liberty's Marshall Lipkey in the 174-lb weight class.

In the 197-lb weight class, Alex Gronkiwicz (DeMotte) also earned his first win of the season following a pin of Alexis Aguirre of Aurora University.

The Spartans are scheduled to make a return trip to Wabash College on Wednesday January 26 for a dual match against the Little Giants. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.