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Transylvania goes on road and dominates Earlham; Dorfman scores 18 points in win

Transylvania men’s basketball may have witnessed a turning point Wednesday night, as efficient shooting and a well-rounded offensive team effort secured the Pioneers’ largest victory of the season, as they dominated the Earlham Quakers 89-63 on the road.


Five Pioneers recorded double-digits in the 26-point win, led by freshman guard Garrett Dorfman in scoring with 18 points and six rebounds, followed by freshman Mason Monroe, with 16 points.


Transylvania guard Joe Jennings turned in a fantastic effort, recording his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, leading the team on the boards for the third time in four games. Other contributors included sophomore Parker Stansberry with 14 points and freshman Logan Wade, off the bench, with 11. The Transylvania bench held its own against the Quakers, contributing a combined 28 points on the stat sheet.


The team was extremely efficient in their shot selection over the course of the contest, as they recorded a season-best field goal percentage of 63 percent. Their strength on the defensive end was also apparent, as they won the defensive rebounding battle, snagging 29, the second highest of the season.


The Quakers stepped out early, taking a quick 4-0 lead in the first two minutes of the contest. But, a turnover by the Quakers led to Stansberry making his entrance, nailing a 3-pointer to put Transylvania on the board. The triple sent the Pioneers on an scoring spree, going on an 11-2 run, going up 11-6, near the 14-minute mark.


The Pioneers aggressively penetrated the paint, making clean jumpers and netting 3-point shots, two back-to-back by Dorfman and Wade, to push the lead to nine with 11:37 remaining in the first.


Then, the tug-of-war began.


The Quakers fought back, hitting three consecutive 3-point shots of their own, giving the Quakers a one-point advantage, 26-25.


With the composure of a veteran team, the Pioneers refused to be rattled.


In one minute, the trio of Wade, Jennings and Dorfman sent Transylvania on an 8-0 streak. Wade netted a two-point jumper, followed immediately by a long three to push the advantage to four. Seconds later, Jennings forced a turnover, giving Dorfman the opportunity to nail a 3-point basket.


The offensive energy was exactly what Transylvania needed to maintain an advantage to the half, as they headed to the locker room with a 10-point cushion, 42-32.


Having been challenged in the past in the second half, the Pioneers stood their ground, taking the court with the same momentum as they left. A mere four minutes into the second, Transylvania had secured a 14-point advantage which wouldn’t wane for the remainder of the contest.


The Pioneers maintained a double-digit lead over the Quakers during the entire final 10 minutes of play, pushing the advantage to an impressive 29 points, the largest of the night, with 38 seconds left in game play.


A last second three by the Quakers recorded Transylvania’s largest victory of the season, 89-63.


The Pioneers look to win their third-straight on the hardwood Saturday as they face the Bluffton Beavers in a double-header at home with women’s basketball at 4 p.m.


From Transylvania Athletics.

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