Freshman Alyssa Pfeil looks for a teammate
Freshman Alyssa Pfeil looks for a teammate
NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester University women's basketball team was defeated by visiting Bluffton University 69-45 in the team's regular season home finale on Tuesday night.

Bluffton did most of its damage in the paint, scoring 36 of it 69 points in the paint. The Beavers shot 47.2 percent (25-53) in Tuesday's game, while also holding a 47-32 advantage on the glass. Bluffton also blocked eight shots against the Black & Gold.

Manchester was limited to just 27.1 percent (16-59) shooting against the Beavers.

Senior Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield) led Manchester with 16 points. Bieghler shot 7-12 from for the field and was 1-2 from three-point territory. Alyssa Pfeil (Goshen) added seven rebounds.

Bluffton was led by Morgan Smith's double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.

The Spartans (7-13, 4-10 HCAC) will travel to rival Anderson University on Friday February 18 for their regular season finale. Tip-off against the Ravens is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Bluffton won its fifth straight game and improved to 17-6, 12-4 HCAC following its victory. The Beavers currently sit in second-place in the HCAC Standings.

Men’s Basketball Edged In Double Overtime

BLUFFTON, Ohio – The host Bluffton University Beavers were able to rally for an 89-84 double overtime victory over the Manchester University men’s basketball team on Tuesday night in the Spartans’ regular season road finale.

After leading 41-35 at the half, Bluffton was able to outscore Manchester 32-26 in the 2nd half to force overtime. Both teams slugged it out in the first overtime period as both squads combined for just 12 points.

The host Beavers were able to outlast Manchester on Tuesday night by outscoring the Spartans 16-11 in the second overtime. Bluffton made 8-of-10 free throw attempts in the second overtime period.

For the game, Manchester shot 34-70 (48.6 percent) from the field. The Spartans connected on nine three-point field goals on Tuesday night.

Bluffton shot 30-79 (30.8 percent) from the floor and was limited to just 8-24 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Bluffton did make good use of the free throw line, converting 23-of-31 attempts for 74.2 percent.

Quentez Columbus (South Bend) led Manchester with his first career double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Logan Willoughby (Greenwood, Ind./Whiteland Community) added 20 points and eight rebounds, while Ty Lynas (Crawfordsville) scored 19 points. Brandon Christlieb (Ashley) also scored in double figures with 11 points.

Bluffton was led by a pair of double-doubles by Jameel Crosby (27 points, 13 rebounds), and Marcus Bruns (11 points, 10 rebounds). Keegan Owen (23 points) and Chad Frey (14 points) combined to shot 15-28 off the bench for Bluffton.

Manchester (8-15, 7-9 HCAC) will host rival Anderson University on Friday night in its regular season finale. Game time against the Ravens is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. inside of Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

Bluffton (6-16, 2-12 HCAC) snapped a nine-game skid on Tuesday night. The Beavers will conclude the 2021-22 season on Friday night with an 8 p.m. home game against rival Defiance College.