ALBION, MICH. – Fueled by four players scoring in double figures, Manchester University took advantage of a big second half to overcome Wabash at the Mike Turner Tipoff Classic presented by the Rotary Club of Albion Saturday, Nov. 17.
The Spartans, leveling their season record at 1-1, trailed 13-6 early but chipped away at the Little Giants (0-1) to make the halftime score 28-26. MU got the second half started quickly with a 19-5 run that overturned a 33-26 deficit into a 45-38 lead with 10:26 to go. The final 6:18 was nip-and-tuck, as the two sides traded leads and were tied twice. A three-point bucket from sophomore guard Caleb Jackson (New Castle, Ind.) put MU up 55-52 with three minutes to go, and Coach Brad Nadborne's team wasn't overtaken from that point en route to a 59-54 win.
MU's trio of senior center David House (Elkhart, Ind.) and sophomore forward Silas Sims (Hope, Ind.) and sophomore guard Grant Newlin (Muncie, Ind.) each contributed 11 points. Sims pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, while Newlin dished out four assists and picked up two steals. Sophomore guard Greg Flores (Hammond, Ind.) added 10 points.
Manchester University resumes its non-league slate with its 2012-13 home opener Tuesday, Nov. 20, when the University of Indiana at Kokomo visits Stauffer-Wolfe Arena for a 7 p.m. tip-off.