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Archers Cruise as Seven Players Score in Double Figures

November 13, 2012

Jon Connelly  
Freshman guard Jon Connelly (3)  has emerged as an early-season perimeter scoring threat for
the Archers. Seven players, led by Will Clark's 17 points, scored in double figures to lead STLCC to a 98-35 win over the McKendree University junior varsity squad.

















Randy Albrecht loves to spread the offensive wealth around early in a season, and Tuesday’s production in a 98-35 win over McKendree University’s junior varsity could not have been more balanced.

The Archers’ head coach saw all 11 active Archers players score, with seven different players reaching double figures, led by sophomore forward Will Clark (Summit), who finished with 19.

Freshman forward Brandon Hannah (Chaminade) collected his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The outcome of Tuesday’s game was never in doubt, as the Archers grabbed a 45-15 first-half lead to gain control early. For the game, the Archers shot 57 percent from the floor and allowed a season-low seven turnovers.

“I thought we moved the ball and took the right shots tonight,” Albrecht said. “I thought our zone was decent against them, because they had some guys who could shoot. Overall, I thought it was a real workmanlike game for us. We had 11 guys contribute, and we have to keep making that next step up.”

Albrecht and his staff have tinkered with the lineup repeatedly in the season’s first three weeks, but some roles have begun to define themselves after the Archers’ 4-1 start. Clark has proven to be a force at both ends of the floor, as his 19 points and seven rebounds came in just 16 minutes on the floor.

Freshman guard Jon Connelly (St. Mary’s) and sophomore guard Enis Mehmedovic (Bayless) have handled the backcourt capably defensively, and are also shooting threats from the perimeter.

“At the start of the season we were about two weeks behind, and now two weeks in, we’re probably where we wanted to be at the start,” Albrecht said. “There were some things we did today that just wouldn’t have happened a week ago.”

Tuesday was the first of seven consecutive home games for the Archers, a scheduling quirk that will keep STLCC off the road until they head to Lincoln Land College on Dec. 15. The Archers will look to stretch their winning streak to four games on Saturday, when they host the Lindenwood University-Belleville junior varsity. The game tips off at 3 p.m. in the STLCC-Forest Park gymnasium.