Ryan Imhoff scored 31 points and the No. 4- ranked Carroll College men's basketball team defeated No. 22 Vanguard 82-73 on Wednesday in California.
“That road game had a little bit of everything,” coach Carson Cunningham said. “I was impressed with the fellas’ resilience and fight. We had fantastic contributions from all the guys.”
Carroll (11-0) won its second game in as many nights. The Saints play a third game on Thursday against Westcliff University. The entirety of the schedule mimics a potential schedule at the NAIA tournament, giving the Saints a chance to simulate a scenario they may face later in the season.
Imhoff’s 31 points were the second most he’s scored in his career. He also totaled a team-high eight rebounds.
“The Chemist was throwing seven or eight different compounds at ‘em, and mighty effective ones at that,” Cunningham said.
The Saints were highly efficient once again. Carroll shot 65 percent from the field, 44 percent from the 3-point line and 84 percent from the free-throw line.
Oliver Carr with 14 points and Match Burnham with 12 also joined Imhoff in double figures. Carr was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2.
“The Dentist (Carr) came off the bench with some huge plays,” Cunningham said. “Big rebounds and big stops proved quite helpful – it was great to see guys working together.”
The Saints led the majority of the entire game.
“Credit to Vanguard for the pressure and tenacity it displayed,” Cunningham said. “That was a fun, hard-fought game. We need to make sure we learn from it. We’re looking forward to continued growth.”
Carroll’s perfect record is on the line again on Thursday as Westcliffe gets a crack at the Saints. The game is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. in Irvine.