Wabash dropped a North Coast Athletic Conference matchup against Kenyon College on Saturday afternoon at Chadwick Court in Crawfordsville, 70-45.
Leading the Little Giants in scoring was freshman guard Colten Garland, who tallied 12 points. Freshman Harrison Hallstrom and sophomore Evan Frank both had 7 points.
The first half was a close contest between the two teams. Both shot below their season average in the first half, with Wabash (8-11, 4-8 NCAC) shooting 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from the field and went 1-for-5 from beyond the three-point line. Kenyon (5-15, 4-8 NCAC) did not shoot much better from beyond the arc, finishing the opening period at 18 percent (2-of-11) from beyond the three-point line as part of an 11-of-32 effort overall from the field. The visiting Lords led at halftime 25-22.
The second half told a different story. Kenyon bounced back in the second half. The Lords shot 53 percent (16-of-30) from the field and 54 percent (6-of-11) from beyond the three-point line, which allowed to outscore the Little Giants 45-23 in the final period. Wabash, on the other hand, shot 20 percent (5-of-25) from the field and 8 percent (1-of-12) from beyond the three-point line.
"I was disappointed in how we handled Kenyon's double-teaming in the post," Wabash head coach Kyle Brumett said. "We didn't execute the game plan very well and didn't pay very good attention to the detail of the scouting report. Credit to Kenyon for executing their game plan well.
"We are now in a learning experience-mode," Brummet said. "And it is not going to get any easier. We have to go on the road to Hiram and Allegheny, who are two teams that are very similar to who we just played [Kenyon]."
Colten Garland paced Wabash with 12 points. Four Kenyon players scored in double figures, led by the 15-point effort by Bennett Grigull.
The Little Giants play at Hiram Friday evening (Feb 3) at 6 p.m. before heading to Allegheny College on Saturday (Feb. 4) for a 3 p.m. contest.
Despite the loss, Saturday was still a special day at Chadwick Court as Wabash welcomed back the members of the 1982 Division III National Championship Basketball team. The group was honored at center court with introductions and a standing ovation from the Little Giant crowd at halftime.
Wabash College alumnus John Kerezy '77 also released a book Saturday titled, in part in celebration of that team. Glory Reborn: A History of Wabash College and its Athletics, 1977-1982 is available in the Wabash College bookstore as well as on the bookstore's online site.