PALATINE, Ill. – It was another tough shooting day for the Harper College men's basketball team. The Hawks shot just 30.4 percent for the day in a 66-55 loss to visiting Joliet Junior College Saturday afternoon inside the Wellness & Sports Center.
The Hawks (9-19, 2-10 N4C) found it difficult to score both inside and outside in the game. With the Wolves (18-10, 4-8 N4C) starting 6'5" Darious Randolph, 6'7" Kylee Beheler, and 6'7" Matt Hund on the interior, Harper was forced to take its game outside, where they struggled, making just 4-of-30 threes. The Hawks trailed 30-24 at halftime after Admir Suljic (Chicago, Ill. /Lane Tech) (15 points) beat the buzzer on a 3-pointer.
The Wolves opened up their biggest lead of the game with 7:40 remaining in the game on a Randolph (15 points) layup to make it 51-37. Marcus Gatlin (Chicago, Ill./Curie) kept Harper in the game as he scored 15 of his career-high 17 points in the second half. His layup with 1:40 left cut the Joliet lead to 61-55.
|Gatlin scored a career-high 17 points against Joliet on Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Tiongson)|
After a defensive stop, Suljic had a chance to cut the Joliet lead to three, but he misfired on a three. The Wolves closed the game on a 5-0 spurt, highlighted by a Randolph windmill dunk on the fast-break.
Davion Benton (Chicago, Ill. /Alcott College Prep) added 11 points and nine rebounds for Harper. Daymeann Stewart led Joliet with 17 points, and Matt Hund put up 13 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks.
The Hawks take the court next at Milwaukee Area Technical College (20-7, 7-5 N4C) on Wednesday at 8 PM.