Bulldogs Claim Milk Jug With 64-51 Win Over Crosstown Rival Siena Heights

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. - The Adrian College men's basketball team defeated crosstown rival Siena Heights to claim the Milk Jug Trophy for the second time in the last three seasons with a 64-51 win at the Merillat Sports and Fitness Center. The Bulldogs have started the season 8-2 which is the program's best start since the team began the 2012-13 season with an 11-0 record. Justin Webster scored a game-high 19 points and hauled in 12 rebounds to tally his sixth double-double this season to help the Bulldogs to a five-game winning streak--he has tallied a double-double in all five games during the current streak.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 64, SHU 51

Location: Adrian, Michigan (Merillat Sports and Fitness Center)

Records: Adrian (8-2), Siena Heights (5-8)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start the game, but would not hold a lead for the remainder of the game. Siena was able to tie the game six times--the final time at 21 with 4:49 remaining in the first half.

The Bulldogs largest lead in the opening 20 minutes was 34-26 with only 18 seconds left before the half. Adrian took a 34-28 lead into the locker room after the team shot 44.8% (13-29) from the floor.

The Bulldogs built an 11-point lead--the first double-digit lead of the game--with 18:24 left regulation when Jordan Harris hit a jumper from behind the arc. SHU was able to cut the lead to five, 47-42, with 11:34 left in the game before Tre'Shon Heard made a jumper to spark a 13-5 run the increased the Bulldogs lead 60-47 with two minutes remaining.

TOP DOGS

• Webster's 19-point, 12-rebound double-double was his fifth straight and sixth this season. Adrian is 6-0 so far this year when he registers a double-double. Seven of his 12 rebounds came in the second half.

Jeremy Kalonji scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half of the game. He added 10 assists to his scoring line to tally his second double-double of the season.

Tre'Shon Heard scored 11 points on 4-8 shooting from the floor. He also pulled down seven boards and dished two assists.

THE OPPOSITION

• Nick Randle (7-15 FG) and Tony Jackson II (4-9 FG) were the leading scorers for the Saints with 16 and 10 points respectively.

• Keith Jordan Jr. scored eight points for SHU off the bench.

• Josh Winowiecki led the team with nine rebounds and four blocks.

UP NEXT

Adrian will finish its non-conference season this Saturday, December 30 when the team hosts Earlham at 3:00 p.m., ET.