CINCINNATI – While riding a six-game win streak heading into the final week of regular season play, men's basketball gears up for a pair of conference games on the road at Alice Lloyd on Tuesday (Feb. 14) and Asbury on Saturday (Feb. 18). Tip-off at ALC is set for 7:30 p.m. and is to directly follow the women's contest.
LAST TIME OUT
CCU picked up its fifth and sixth consecutive wins last week at Midway, by a score of 87-58, and took down Carlow 99-78 on the road. The Eagles shot a combined 48-percent from the field between both matchups and outscored opponents 186-136.
At Midway, starters Khari Burton, Nick Seibert and Jadon White each had double-figure scoring performances with 18 points, 16 points and 11 respectively. Blake Walsman came off the bench with a double-double on 17 points and game-high 15 rebounds. Burton handed out eight assists. As a squad, CCU outrebounded Midway 50-32 and held them to just 32.3-percent (21-for-65) from the field.
On Saturday at Carlow, Seiber and Walsman combined for 48 points with 24 points apiece, while Kobe Brown and Burton added 18 points apiece as well. Four Eagles pulled down at least five boards, paced by Brown with nine.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
The Eagles have clawed their way back to the second spot in the western division with a 12-16 (9-7) overall record and sit five games behind IU-Southeast who paces the River States Conference with a 20-5, 14-2 record. CCU faces must-win matchups with Asbury and Alice Lloyd this week as they sit third and fourth in the division with 7-9 conference records.
CCU boasts a top-five offense in the league with its 83.86 points per game, shooting 45-percent from the field. Individually, Walsman shows out with the third-best shooting percentage in the RSC at 51.3-percent clip from the field, and he also grabs the third-most rebounds per game (8.67).
Burton has also made a name for himself in the conference this year while leading the Eagles in assists. Burton's 4.46 helpers per game, 125 total, are the third-best figures in the league.
SCOUTING ALICE LLOYD
While CCU may have a top offense, Alice Lloyd (11-17, 7-9) ranks second in the RSC while holding opponents to just 42-percent shooting from the field, which is also 18th in division II.
Jake Allen is a threat on both sides of the ball as he paces ALC in scoring with 13.36 ppg and rebounding with 6.86 rebounds per game. The center is currently on a five-game, double-figure scoring streak, including back-to-back 15-point performances. Allen shoots nearly 50-percent from the field.
Blake Smith and Austin Crisp round out the top-three scorers for ALC with 12.8 ppg and 12.3 ppg, respectively. Smith accounts for 33 of Alice Lloyd's 87 total blocks, while Crisp leads the Eagles with 93 helpers, 51 more assists than the second-most on the squad.
Cincinnati Christian takes the remainder of the week to regroup before its regular-season finale on Saturday (Feb. 18) and Asbury. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. following the women's matchup.