Gannon rallies past Battlers, 81-74
AB faces Le Moyne today in consolation tilt at Miller Classic
ERIE, Pa. — Host Gannon University rallied in the second half to hand Alderson Broaddus an 81-74 setback in opening round play of the Gary Miller Classic on Friday night.
The Battlers (1-5) will face Le Moyne at 5:30 p.m. today in the consolation game, while the Knights (2-2) will battle No. 11 Ashland University in the 7:30 p.m. title contest.
K.J. Walker had 21 points to pace AB, which built a 35-25 lead at the intermission. David Shriver added 20 points, hitting 6 of 9 of his 3-point attempts, and Troy Cantrell also reached double figures with 15 points and turned in a double-double by grabbing 13 rebounds.
Bruce Spruell chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.
DeAnte Cisero took game-high scoring honors with 27 points and also had 10 caroms for Gannon, while Victor Olawoye added 16 points, Frank Webb Jr. 14 points and Chris Clancy 10 markers.
The Battlers increased their halftime lead to 15 points when Shriver drilled a 3-pointer to make it 44-29 with 18:15 left in regulation.
But Gannon then outscored AB, 30-15, over the next 10 minutes to pull even at 59-59 on a layup by Jonathan Harewood.
The Knights never trailed again after a jumper by Cisero with 7:13 left gave the hosts a 63-61 cushion.
The Battlers tied the contest at 69-all on a trey from Walker with 4:00 left but were never able to regain the lead as Gannon closed the game on 12-5 run.
In Friday’s first game, Ashland University used an 8-0 run in the second half to pull away from Le Moyne by a score of 88-77.
The Eagles (5-0) clung to a 65-64 lead before going on the game-changing run to build a nine-point cushion with under 5 minutes left to play.
Drew Noble had 27 points and Aaron Thompson a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds for Ashland.
Tom Brown led the Dolphins (3-4) with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the setback.