ALBION, Mich. – Nathaniel Collins knocked down a bunch of 3-point shots while playing the role of Kyle Wooruff, Alma College's scoring leader, as a member of the scout team in practice on Friday.
Collins, an Albion College senior, hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range in the second half Saturday to lead the Britons to a 88-77 victory over their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival at Kresge Gymnasium.
Collins finished with 20 points, a season-high and one shy of his career-high set against Alma last February.
"I really enjoyed it," Albion Head Coach Jody May said of Collins' performance. "Shooters have to have confidence."
Steven Harvey scored six points to lead Alma on a 8-0 run to start the second half as the Scots took a 48-47 lead.
MJ Barnes and Collins scored on consecutive possessions as Albion took a 55-51 lead with 14 ½ minutes left and never trailed again.
Caden Ebeling scored five in a row and Collins added a 3-point basket as Albion extended the margin to 68-58 with 8 ½ minutes remaining.
- Collins has scored at least 19 against Alma three times in his career. He was 7-of-8 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, on Saturday.
- Collins and Quinton Armstrong, who finished with 14 points, helped Albion finish with a 36-11 edge in bench points
- Ebeling led the starting unit with 17 points and six rebounds
- Guard Jamezell Davis, Jr. stuffed the box score with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists
- Barnes finished with 10 points, his first game scoring in double figures since producing 15 in the Nov. 17 non-league victory over Kenyon (Ohio) College
- Albion was 31-of-61 (50.8 percent) from the field. It's the first time this season that Albion has shot at least 50 percent against a MIAA rival.
- Albion did not commit a turnover in the second half and had a season-low three for the game
Albion (14-6 overall, 7-2 MIAA) has another home game Monday night at 7:30 when Adrian College provides the opposition.