A late surge by Andrews University fueled by a stretch of Golden Eagles turnovers, allowed the Cardinals to escape Founders Hall gym with an 82-61 road win. The Red and Black were locked in a battle by a much smaller Navy and Gold team for most of the afternoon before employing a trapping defense which took its toll.
The Golden Eagles took an 7-0 lead before Andrews got on the board, and the lead surged to a nine point advantage by virtue of some accurate three point shooting. Andrews would not go away and made a late first half run to grab a 33-32 lead at the break.
Early in the second half, the Golden Eagles heated up from long distance again and stretched a second half lead to as many as 11 points before Andrews made another nice run dumping the ball into the low post. Things were tied at 53-53 before Mike Huberty (Alliance, OH / Marlington), hit a three pointer and was fouled on a driving layup. Huberty converted on the layup and foul shot to spot the Golden Eagles to a 59-53 lead before Andrews answered with a flurry of points.
The Cardinals turned up the pressure defense and forced four straight turnovers before the hosts got a viable shot at the basket but missed. In the last several minutes miscues led to easy looks in the lane for the Cardinals and a near lopsided score in a close game.
The Navy and Gold return to action tomorrow night, Monday, December 17 versus Lourdes University at 6 p.m.
Mike Huberty drives by Andrews' 6'9" Jeremiah Irby and scored the bucket and the and-one.
(Photo by Dave Contini)