bc 78, tmc 88
Bluffton scores season-high 78 points but falls 88-78 to Thomas MoreBy Tim Stried
January 15, 2003
A second half offensive explosion nearly led to Bluffton College's first home win of the season Wednesday night, but a visiting Thomas More College squad hung on take an 88-78 win over the Beavers in Founders Hall.
Bluffton scored 55 points in the second half, which more than doubled their first half output of 23 points, as the Beavers ended the game with a season-high 78 points. BC out-scored Thomas More by 13 points in the final 20 minutes and out-shot them 48.7% to 33.3%.
The Beavers also out-rebounded the Saints 49-40 and in the second half made 5-of-10 three-point shots to come back from a 46-23 halftime deficit. Thomas More's 23-point halftime lead was the Saints largest lead of the game as Bluffton battled back to trail by just 10 points at 74-64 with 4:10 remaining.
Thomas More's last field goal in the contest came with 2:39 left to play, but Saints made 9-of-10 free throws following that last field goal to extend their lead to 16 points at 88-72 with 31 ticks left.
Junior Lindsay Bacon, who saw her first action since Nov. 23, and freshman Lindsay Delscamp both hit 3-pointers in the final moments to bring the final deficit back to 10 points. Bacon, Bluffton's third-leading scorer, has been recovering from a leg injury and finished the game with seven points and three rebounds in 10 minutes on the court.
Senior Lyndsey Robinson led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to collect her second double-double of the season and eighth of her career.
Senior Paula Fry established three new career highs with 13 points, eight assists and six steals. Senior Melissa James, playing in her 90th career game which ties her for 10th all-time, chipped in 11 points and grabbed six boards. Senior Kristen Siller and sophomore Cara Young both added eight points.
BC finished the game with season highs for 3-pointers made (6) and attempted (19), total field goals made (28) and attempted (69), assists (19), steals (15) and blocked shots (6).
Bluffton (1-13) will host Transylvania University Saturday at 2 p.m.