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Lords switch gears, cruise past Yeomen

  OBERLIN, Ohio – Four days after being bogged down by a poor shooting performance at DePauw University, the Kenyon College men’s basketball team rang up season-best scoring and shooting marks while rolling to a 98-82 victory Wednesday night at Oberlin College.

                The visiting Lords recorded season-highs in points (98), field goal percentage (.596), three-point field goal percentage (.474), free throws made (21) and assists (19). Those impressive numbers helped the Lords halt their losing streak at seven games, while improving their overall record to 5-9 and their North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) record to 2-5. With 11 regular-season games still on the schedule, the Kenyon men have already matched their win total from all of last season.

                The Lords stepped on the gas early and never let up. They shot 18-for-28 (64.3 percent) in the first half and built a 48-37 lead at halftime. Phillip Crampton scored ten points in the first half, Matt Shifrin tossed in nine and both Alexander Powell and Will Sigl contributed eight points as Kenyon jumped out to leads of 17-10 and 28-15. The Lords forged ahead by as many as 19 points before the Yeomen closed out the half with an 11-4 run.

                Oberlin, now 7-7 overall and 1-6 in NCAC play, pulled within nine points early in the second half, but Kenyon crafted a 16-2 run that led to its largest lead of the game (68-45). During that outburst, Shifrin, who finished with a team-high 23 points, canned a trio of three-pointers. His final stat line also included a team-high four assists and he was one of five Kenyon players who handed out three or more assists.

Powell and Sigl threw in another eight points apiece in the second session and both finished the game with 16 points. That output was a season-high for Powell and a career-high for Sigl. Powell also grabbed four rebounds, while Sigl snagged nine, a quarter of the Lords’ final team total.

Crampton wound up with a dozen points and Ben Stern, who was 9-for-13 from the floor, tallied 21 to give the Lords five players with double-digit scoring totals.

Oberlin made one final push and cut its deficit to seven points, at 74-67, with just under eight minutes left in the game. Kenyon, however, pumped in the next eight points to build its cushion back up to 15. The Lords made sure the lead stood by making good on their final 12 free throw attempts.

Oberlin was paced by 28 points from Joshua Friedkin and 22 points from Eli Sliverman-Lloyd.

The Lords will look for a second straight win Saturday, as they’ll finish off a three-game road trip at Hiram College against a Terriers team that is 9-5 overall and a winner in seven of its last eight contests.

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