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Lourdes Hot Shooting And Length Spells Defeat For Golden Eagles

Malik Campbell avoids a Lourdes defender as he gets to the basket.
Malik Campbell avoids a Lourdes defender as he gets to the basket.

The Lourdes University Gray Wolves got out of the gate fast with some torrid shooting and never let up as they dashed past the Golden Eagles 104-61 on Monday night in Founders Hall Gym. The much taller NAIA visitors from Sylvania, OH exemplified the definition of a well-oiled machine as they shot 58% from the field for the game and 59% from behind the three point arc.

Early in the game while the two combatants were still feeling each other out, Kent State Tuscarawas held an 8-7 lead before Lourdes went on a 22-0 run to take a 29-8 lead halfway through the first half. The Golden Eagles would not roll over and ended the drought with an 11-2 run of their own to draw within 31-19 before the Gray Wolves took control once again and pushed their lead to 46-26 at the halftime break. The Gray Wolves opened the second half on an 11-3 run to extend their lead to 57-29 and never looked back.

During their big pushes, Lourdes asserted their height advantage to take control and when the Golden Ealges doubled-down to help the ball was kicked back outside for wide open threes. Bryce McComb was the beneficiary of the bulk of those uncontested shots making a perfect 7-7 from behing the arc, while Kadeim Jones knocked down 4-5 three point shots he attempted as the Gray Wolves made 16-27 three point attempts on the night. They also controlled the glass and outrebounded KSU Tusc 47-25.

For the Golden Eagles Gunnar Tharp (East Canton, OH / Canton South) scored 13 points and Malik Campbell (Canton, OH / Canton South) added 11 while also leading the Navy and Gold in rebounds with nine.

The Golden Eagles fall to 1-9 on the season and host Penn State Shenango on Friday, Dec. 21st at 3 p.m. Santa Claus will visit at halftime.

Gunnar Tharp works past a Lourdes defender to generate some offense.  (Photos by Jim Cummings)