Freshman guard Bryant Smith attempts a three-point shot in Manchester’s 75-73 win over Oberlin
Freshman guard Bryant Smith attempts a three-point shot in Manchester’s 75-73 win over Oberlin
OBERLIN, Ohio – The Manchester University men’s basketball team found itself on the winning end of yet another dramatic finish on Saturday afternoon. After narrowly falling on a buzzer-beater earlier in the week, the Spartans were able to sink a clutch basket themselves as time expired against host Oberlin College.

After a layup by first-year guard Quentez Columbus (South Bend) put Manchester ahead 72-71 with 27 seconds left, the Yeomen responded with a pair of free throws by Yuuki Okubo.

Trailing 73-72 with 6.2 seconds left, Columbus was able to beat the full-court pressure by Oberlin and found first-year guard Bryant Smith (West Lafayette) spotted up on the left-wing. Smith elevated over a pair of Yeomen defenders and buried the triple to put the Spartans ahead 75-73 with just 0.1 seconds left on the game clock.

Smith led all scorers on the afternoon, finishing with 25 points on 8-17 shooting. Smith went 6-14 from three-point territory and went a perfect 3-3 at the free throw line. Quentez Columbus added 20 points and 7 rebounds. Fifth-year forward CJ Hampton (Hammon) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for Manchester.

The Black & Gold finished shooting 27-61 for the game – good enough for 44 percent. The Spartan knocked down 13 triples in the win.

Four Oberlin players scored in double figures. Wolf Moser led the way with 20 points, while Dimitrije Radusinovic scored 16, Cole Otley 14, and Asaan Snipes-Rea 10. Radusinovic also grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds.

The Yeomen shot 47.5 percent (28-59) but were held to just 36 percent (9-25) shooting from three-point territory. Manchester also forced 15 turnovers and converted those turnovers into 17 points.

Manchester (1-4) secured its first win of the season and will face Capital in its next contest on Sunday November 28. Tip-off from Ohio is scheduled for 2 p.m.

 

Oberlin (2-1) dropped its first contest of the young season. The Yeomen will travel to Carnegie-Mellon on Tuesday November 23 for an 8 p.m. matchup with the Tartans.



Manchester Runs Past Adrian 72-53

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University women’s hoops squad won for the second consecutive outing after blowing past visiting Adrian College 72-53 on Saturday November 20.

The Black & Gold led for more than 33 minutes in Saturday’s contest and built as much as a 24-point lead midway through the 4th quarter.

The Spartans’ defense was strong throughout Saturday’s non-conference matchup. Adrian was limited to 35.7 percent (20-56) shooting. The Bulldogs were also pressured into 23 turnovers. Manchester came away with 18 steals in the win and converted the 23 turnovers by Adrian into 26 points.

Three Spartans scored in double figures in the win. Senior forward Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll) led the way with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Miller finished 9-13 shooting for the game. She also matched her career-high with 3 steals. First-year guard Eva Bazzoni (Wabash) added 13 points. Bazzoni finished 3-6 from three-point territory. The final Spartan to score in double figures was senior guard Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield). Bieghler scored 11 points while grabbing 7 boards.

10 different Spartans scored on Saturday afternoon. Manchester also made good use of the free throw line – finishing 19-25 for 76 percent.

Manchester (2-1) will head to Beloit College for its next contest on Saturday November 27. Game time from Wisconsin is scheduled for 3 p.m. (2 p.m. local time).

Adrian (2-3) will host Siena Heights on Tuesday at 6 p.m.