Evangel men and women knock off Culver-Stockton on the road

Phillip Dowden (Evangel Sports Information) CANTON, Mo. – The Evangel men’s basketball team was able to hold off Culver-Stockton Thursday night, 68-62, for a second straight road victory.

The Crusaders were able to keep their postseason hopes alive with the win as they still need help to reach the No. 10 seed in the Heart Postseason Tournament. Evangel has won two straight road games as two of its final three are also away from Springfield.

Thursday night Evangel got 21 points from Cody Geiger as the Crusaders finished 20-of-22 from the free throw line to seal the win. Nick Yocum also finished in double figures knocking down four three-pointers to finish with 14 points.

Culver-Stockton was led by Alon Hemsani who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Wildcats shot 58 percent from the free throw line in the loss.

The Crusaders continue their road trip as they head to Clarke on Saturday looking to sweep the season series. Tipoff from Dubuque, Iowa, is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Women

The Evangel women’s basketball team continued its hot streak with its fourth win in five games after a 61-49 victory at Culver-Stockton.

The win helps the Crusaders keep pace in the race for the top six seeds in the Heart Postseason Tournament which would give Evangel a first round bye to the Quarterfinals. After the win, Evangel sits in seventh place just two games behind William Penn with two of its final three on the road.

Thursday night, Evangel forced 21 turnovers to sweep the season series against Culver-Stockton. The Crusaders shot just 36 percent from the field but had 20 more attempts than the Wildcats while holding their opponent under 50 points for a second straight game.

Alison Jarrell paced Evangel with 13 points while Allison Swanson finished with seven points and 13 boards. Kylee Moore came off the bench to score 12 points and add three assists in the win.

Culver-Stockton was led by 13 points from Lacey Clark as CSC was just 9-of-18 from the free throw line to finish at 50 percent.

The Crusaders continue their road trip as they head to Clarke on Saturday looking to split the season series. Tipoff from Dubuque, Iowa, is scheduled for noon.