Bulldogs Lose Heartbreaker in MIAA Opener

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

OLIVET, Mich. - Current Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association player of the week, DaVonte Harris had his game-winning three point jumper rim in and out in the closing seconds as Adrian suffered a tough, 61-59, road loss to Olivet in its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener on Wednesday night.

THE BASICS

Score: Olivet 61, Adrian 59

Location: Olivet, Michigan (The Cutler Event Center)

Records: Olivet (5-7, 1-0 MIAA), Adrian (6-6, 0-1 MIAA)

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half: Adrian 36, Olivet 27

• Following Olivet's opening three-point jumper, The Bulldogs went on a 16-3 run to take a double-digit lead, 16-6, with 12:37 left on the clock in the first half.

• The Comets battled back to cut the Adrian lead to four, 29-25, with just 2:09 remaining before the half. 

• The Bulldogs built the lead back to nine points, 36-27, as the teams entered the locker rooms for the intermission.

Second Half: Olivet 61, Adrian 59

Anthony Cannon made layup at the 12:06 mark of the second half to give Adrian its largest lead of the game, 49-38.

• The Comets went on a 10-3 run that lasted 2:56 to bring Olivet within four points of tying the lead, 52-48, with 8:48 left to play.

• With 5:20 remaining in regulation, Eric Ewing hit a three to give the Comets their first lead, 55-54, since the 17:17 mark of the first half.

Keyon Rainey hit a jumper at 3:40 to give the Bulldogs back a slim lead, 57-56. However, Terry Jordan would hit from behind the arc to give Olivet its third lead of the game, 59-57.

Justin Webster would hit the final shot for Adrian, a layup, that tied the game at 59 with 2:38 left to play.

• The final two points for the Comets came off free throws as Olivet pulled out the two-point lead, 61-59.

Adrian Shooting

FG: 20-49 (40.8%)

3PT: 5-17 (29.4%)

FT: 14-22 (63.6%)

Olivet Shooting

FG: 20-45 (44.4%)

3PT: 10-22 (45.5%)

FT: 11-18 (61.1%)

TOP DOGS

DaVonte Harris had a team-high 27 points. He also hauled in two rebounds, dished two assists and had two steals for the game.

Justin Webster tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Isiah Crofford contributed eight points and seven rebounds.

THE OPPOSITION

• Eric Ewing had a game-high 28 points, four rebounds, and three assists.

• Jordan Terry had nine points, Thomas Tsalkitzis and Chris Chrzan each had five.

• R.J. Haas, Terry, and Tsalkitzis led the team in rebounds with four.

UP NEXT

•  Adrian returns home to face MIAA foe Alma in the Bulldog's conference home opener. The opening tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

• Alma comes into the game winning its MIAA opener, 107-63, over Kalamazoo. The Scots are 5-7 in the regular season, 1-0 in MIAA.

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