Men's Basketball Falls Short in Dubuque | Schools
CLINTON, Iowa--Closing the book on a brutal stretch of six games in ten days, the Ashford University men's basketball team visited the Robert and Betty Kehl Center on the campus of Clarke University Monday night. After finding themselves down just one at halftime, the Saints couldn't find the correct formula to come out on the winning end as AU fell, 66-60.
Sophomore guard DeAndre Lowery Jr. led Ashford with 19 points while East Moline, Ill.-native Damon Overton and Icelandic senior Vesteinn Sveinsson added 12 and 11, respectively.
For the game, AU shot 44% (22-of-50) from the floor while Clarke blistered the nets, converting 26-of-45 (57.8%) attempts from the field. Ashford was also outrebounded by the home team, 30-26, but forced the Crusaders into 20 turnovers which turned into 19 Ashford points.
The Saints and Crusaders went back-and-forth throughout the first twenty minutes of play and a one-point separation would be all either team would muster with Clarke holding a 23-22 advantage when the halftime horn sounded.
Out of the halftime session, Ashford erased the deficit and took control with a seven point advantage, 40-33 with 12:37 showing on the clock. But following that, the Crusaders ended AU's offensive threat by exploding out on a 10-0 run which lasted just under three minutes, allowing CU a 45-43 lead with 9:38 to play.
From there, Clarke ran its lead to seven on a pair of occasions and eventually extended out to go ahead by double-digits, 61-51 with 93 seconds to play. From there, Clarke won 66-60.
Hemet, Calif. senior Kris Brooks led Clarke with 19 points on eight-of-13 shooting. Brooks, along with Saints' freshman Joshua Little, led all players with 11 rebounds.
The loss drops Ashford to 6-3 overall while Clarke moves to 2-3 overall to start the 2012-13 campaign.
AU remains idle through the Thanksgiving holiday and will return to action next Monday, Nov. 26, when the team visits Lee Lohman Arena in Davenport to battle the Fighting Bees of St. Ambrose. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The contest marks the first of three meetings between the two teams this season.