Loss of key Transylvania Pioneer helps previously winless Anderson hang on

mmaloney@herald-leader.comJanuary 4, 2014 

Transylvania got saddled with one loss during the morning shootaround, then took another Saturday afternoon as previously winless Anderson edged the Pioneers 67-60.

During the shootaround, Transy's Alex Jones suffered a collapsed lung. Jones also had a collapsed lung at the beginning of the school year, and Saturday's recurrence came in a non-contact situation.

"I'm sure when (Anderson) looked out there and saw Jones not out there, it probably changed their game plan a little bit because we have relied on him so much," Transy Coach Brian Lane said. "He's our second-leading scorer (12.8 points per game) and our second-leading rebounder (4.6), and one of only two guys we have that's a positive assist-to-turnover ratio."

Lane was with Jones at Good Samaritan Hospital until early afternoon.

When he got back to the Beck Center, things again didn't go Lane's way.

Anderson (1-10, 1-3 Heartland Conference), led by as many as 12 in the first half and was up 28-26 at halftime.

Transy (3-8, 1-3) used an 8-0 run to take a 37-32 lead with 14:41 left, but soon ran out of gas.

"It seemed like we were getting the shots that we were wanting, and we were doing a decent job defensively," Lane said. "And then just a couple of bad possessions where we don't get good looks and they make back-to-back threes."

The threes, by Nathaniel Acree and Max Mollaun, started an 8-0 run that gave the Ravens a 50-44 lead.

Transy battled back to tie at 52 before Anderson scored seven straight points. The Pioneers, 3-for-17 from three-point range, never pulled closer than five points after that.

"We have gotten better every time we have played," Anderson Coach Owen Handy said. "We are more competitive against good teams this year. You have to learn how to win close games and we just haven't done it yet. Tonight we tried — missed a ton of free throws (13-for-23). They made some buckets down the stretch but we just kept fighting and kept fighting. And we defended the whole game."

Mollaun led the Ravens with 20 points and six rebounds. Scott Schwieterman added 14 points and Nate Gross had 12.

Parker Stansberry topped Transy with 24 points and nine boards. Mason Monroe totaled 15 points, while Joe Jennings had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Although eight Transy players logged double-digit minutes, only five scored. That wasn't enough to compensate for the loss of Jones.

"I said somebody will have to step up in this game to make up for those points and those rebounds," Lane said, "and only having five guys score certainly makes it hard, and we played a lot of guys."

The good news for the Pioneers is that freshman guard Garrett Dorfman, who suffered a torn meniscus during an exhibition loss to Kentucky, is due to return to action Wednesday, when Hanover visits the Beck Center.

Women's game

Transy 90, Anderson 58: Katelyn Smith scored 21 points and Nicole Coffman had 20 as the Pioneers rolled.

Madisen Webb added 15 points and seven assists, and Alex McKenzie had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Transy (10-1, 4-0).

Anderson (1-10, 0-3) was paced by Jenna Wittenberg with 24 points. Shelby Shaffer added 14.

Transy scored the first 11 points of the game and was never caught. The Pioneers made 30 of 34 free throws to Anderson's 9 of 14, and finished with a 37-8 advantage in points off turnovers.

Transylvania 90, Anderson 58

ANDERSON (1-10) — Wittenberg 9-22 2-3 24, Connor 4-10, 1-1 9, Defiel 1-2 0-0 2, Muntz 0-4 0-2 0, Shaffer 3-9 6-6 14, Bradford 1-1 0-1 2, Aviles 1-6 0-0 3, Yeary 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Liming 1-2 0-1 2, Williams 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 21-57 9-14 58.

TRANSYLVANIA (10-1) — Botkin 1-5 3-4 5, McKenzie 2-8 6-6 10, Webb 3-10 6-6 15, Smith 8-17 4-4 21, Coffman 4-9 9-12 20, Fender 2-8 0-0 4, Moreland 0-0 2-2 2, Hieronymus 1-1 0-0 3, Pharris 0-0 0-0 0, Neeley 4-9 0-0 8, Dobson 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-69 30-34 90.

Halftime — TU 34-26. Three-point goals — AU 7-19 (Wittenberg 4-6, Cassidy 0-1, Shaffer 2-6, Aviles 1-6), TU 8-20 (Webb 3-7, Smith 1-4, Coffman 3-4, Fender 0-1, Hieronymus 1-1, Neeley 0-3). Rebounds — AU 38 (Liming 9), TU 45 (McKenzie 11). Assists — AU 10 (Shaffer 3), TU 15 (Webb 7). Fouls — AU 23, TU 16. Technicals — none. A — 384.

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL.Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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