INDIANAPOLIS – Grace’s men’s basketball enjoyed a 27-point win at a world-class venue on Monday.
The Lancers topped Ohio Christian 93-66 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Grace will enter 2020 with a 10-4 record under first-year head coach Scott Moore.
Five players reached double-digit scoring for Grace in the victory. The Lancers’ defense was especially sharp, holding the Trailblazers to 36 percent shooting for the game.
Grace got off to a fast start in front of a pro-Grace crowd. The Lancers scored the first seven points of the game, starting with a triple from Jaret Sons.
The Trailblazers pulled to within 11-7, but Braxton Linville gave momentum back to Grace with a tough and-1 layup.
The game seemed to be headed Grace’s way when a 3-pointer from Hank Smith banked in from the top of the key, handing the Lancers a 21-9 advantage midway into the half.
Another 3-pointer from Sons put Grace on top 26-9, forcing a timeout from the Trailblazers (4-11).
The Trailblazers did not reach double figures in points until 6:49 left before halftime.
Grace went into halftime with a commanding 48-28 lead. The Lancers shot a sizzling 52 percent from the floor in the half compared to 31 percent for the Trailblazers. Grace hit 71 percent of its 3-pointers (5-of-7).
Sons hit all four of his 3-point attempts for a game-high 16 points before halftime.
The Lancers refused to surrender their cushion in the second half. Grace led by 20 for the majority of the half; the Lancers emptied their bench for the final several minutes and coasted to the victory.
Charlie Warner was deadly from the floor; the senior shot 8-of-10 overall, including 2-of-4 on 3-pointers for a game-best 21 points.
Sons finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, and Matt Jennings added 13 points and five boards.
Haden Deaton tallied 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, Myles Johnson had 13 points and five boards, and Linville chipped in 5 points, 7 assists and 4 boards.
Grace shot 51 percent as a team and were even better from deep, hitting 53 percent of its triples. The Lancers also attempted 26 free throws and made 23 (89 percent).
The Lancers are back home on Thursday, hosting Great Lakes Christian at 1 p.m. for the final nonconference game of the season.