Anderson, Indiana

Ravens take lead in HCAC

Thu, 2011-01-27 08:40 -- univcomm
January 27, 2011

The Anderson University Ravens men’s basketball team needed a win Wednesday night and a little help from Transylvania to claim first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. They got both.

AU trounced Defiance College 85-56, and Transylvania defeated Hanover College 77-67 to vault the Ravens into first.

andrew-jonesThe Ravens (13-5, 9-2) avenged a Dec. 1 loss to Defiance (10-8, 5-6). Anderson didn’t shoot the ball well in that game, and the Yellow Jackets were riding a wave of confidence from playing a string of good games.

Fast forward to Wednesday’s game and you find the reverse. Anderson is now riding high following a string of six games in which it has held its opponents to under 60 points, and Defiance has fallen a bit flat.

[Photo: AU senior Andrew Jones (pictured) scored 17 points for the Ravens. Fellow Raven Brock Morrison also added 17 points in the game. Credit: The Herald Bulletin.]

The Ravens jumped out to a 6-0 lead to begin the game and never looked back, leading from start to finish.

“Give our guys credit for being really focused and coming out and setting the tone for the game early,” Anderson coach Tom Slyder said.

Brock Morrison, last week’s HCAC player of the week, and post player Andrew Jones put up 17 points apiece. But one of the best performances of the evening was from tough-nosed point guard Gabe Miller.

Miller was a stat stuffer with eight points, nine assists, and seven boards. These were stats that did not go unnoticed by his coach.

“Gabe is solid,” said Slyder. “I mean he is the glue to our team — he’s our leader. He keeps us poised and maintains our composure when we need it. He gets the ball (and) runs our offense very well.”

Anderson built on the 6-0 start by finishing the first half on a 15-4 run in the final 9:09 of the half. A bucket by Andrew Bowman with 40 seconds left gave his team a 21-point lead — its biggest of the half.

The second half saw the Yellow Jackets chop a 24-point lead down to 16, but a hard foul on Bowman left him bloodied and woozy, after which his Ravens seemed to play more inspired basketball.

Anderson pushed the lead to more than 20 points just two minutes after the hard foul.

Bowman didn’t return to the game.

The Ravens built a lead as high as 33 points before walking off the court with the 29-point win and sole possession of first place in the HCAC.

— Travis Whitton for The Herald Bulletin. Story reposted with permission.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.