Rash's big game helps Transylvania to upset win against 13th-ranked Wooster
LEXINGTON, Ky. –- Brandon Rash scored 22 points and Barrett Meyer added 15 as Transylvania held off No. 13 Wooster 68-62 in first-round action of the third annual Don Lane Classic at the Beck Center.
The Pioneers improved to 6-3 while the Scots drop their second game in nine decisions.
Transylvania led by as many as 10 points in the second half, only to see Wooster force a tie at 62 with 1:49 to play. However, the Pioneers held the Scots without a point the rest of the game.
Meyer started the run with a three off a pass from Parker Stansberry. Meyer was good on 2-of-4 free throws to make it 67-62 with 15 seconds to go. Stansberry's free throw with four second to go set the final margin as Wooster misfired on its lastfinal five field goal attempts.
Rash surpassed his previous season scoring high of 21, which came most recently in a win at Bluffton. He also had nine rebounds, two blocks and one assist. His putback with 2:45 to go gave Transylvania a 60-56 lead. He scored 14 points in the second half.
All-American Ethan Spurlin had 14 points and 11 rebounds as Transylvania shot 46 percent in the second half and 43 percent for the game. The Pioneers also outscored the visitors 21-10 from the free-throw line.
Evan Pannell and Doug Thorpe paced Wooster with 13 points apiece and Thorpe added seven rebounds. Transylvania had a 36-33 edge on the boards. Wooster shot 38 percent in the second half, and was at 40 percent (21 of 49) for the game.
Rash netted a pair of free throws with four-tenths of a second to play in the first half, giving the Pioneers a 33-31 advantage at halftime. Neither team led by more than six points in the first half.
Transylvania forged an early six-point lead at 14-8 when Stansberry capped a 10-0 run with a layup off an assist from Spurlin. Wooster rallied, breaking a tie at 26 with five points in a row for a 31-26 lead at the 3:29 mark.
Rash had eight points and five rebounds in the first half and Meyer, honored prior to the game for surpassing the 1,000-point plateau, added seven to go with three rebounds. Transylvania shot 41 percent from the field in the first half (11 of 27), nearly identical to the Scots' total of 41.4 percent (12 of 29).