Edinboro men's basketball defeat Roberts Wesleyan

Category:  Sports
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 11:20 AM

With 15 seconds left, sophomore Turner Kurt hit a jumper that ended up being the difference in Edinboro’s 67-65 road win over Roberts Wesleyan College on Nov. 14.

“It took a lot of poise,” Head Coach Pat Cleary said of the shot. “He didn’t have the best offensive game, but he made it when he needed to, and that was huge.”

Poise was not only needed from Kurt, it was a necessity for the whole team, especially when trying to fight in a tough road environment. It’s a quality Cleary has already noticed in his team this year.

“I don’t think we would have won that game last year. I think last night showed a lot of growth for our guys,” he said.

“It’s a tough win on the road,” forward Trey Staunch added. “With the experience we have on our team coming back from last year, it really puts us in a great situation to close out games.”

Staunch finished the game with 16 points, including two clutch free throws down the stretch.

“I really just fed off my teammates,” he said. “They put me in situations where I could make a play and use my athleticism to contribute. Having Jaryn Simpson and Anthony Coleman in the backcourt makes it so much easier to make a play when I get the ball because the defense has to worry about them.”

Opposing defenses would be right to worry about Simpson, as the junior guard led the Scots in scoring with 18 and dished out 4 assists. He continued the hot start he’s off to, now averaging 17 points and just over 5 assists per game this season.

While Simpson has been outstanding on offense, his biggest moment of the game perhaps came on defense. Edinboro held its largest lead of the night, 49-40, with over 13 minutes remaining in the contest. However, Roberts Wesleyan clawed its way back into it, tying the game, 58-58, with 5:54 remaining.

With Roberts Wesleyan in possession of the ball, Simpson flashed to make a block, recovering it himself, while then leading a two-on-one break that finished with a Coleman layup.

Even though the game would continue to go back and forth, all momentum Roberts Wesleyan had was taken back in that sequence of events.
“We’re a bend but don’t break kind of team,” Staunch said. “I’ll admit it wasn’t the prettiest win, but a win is a win.”

Staunch and Simpson led the way for the Scots and Cleary was pleased with the play from two of his veterans.

“It was a game being played away from home and out of our league. I think Jayrn (Simpson) and Trey (Staunch) had to make adjustments to their games and they both did. That was a huge step for us,” he said.

While those two led the way in the stat book, Cleary made sure to mention two additional names when it came time to hand out post-game praise.

Daylon Harris and Alex Jay really saved us in the first half,” he said. “Both continued to make big plays in the second half, especially on the glass.”

Harris finished with 10 points and 3 rebounds, including going a perfect 2-2 from the free throw line. Jay did his part by adding 12 points, 9 rebounds and dishing out 1 assist while he was at it.

The win brings the Scots to 2-0 on the season, and the team hopes to keep this momentum going.

“It was a great early test for us,” Staunch said. “I think it says a lot about us. We’ll just take it game by game, because it’s a long season and a lot can happen. But we feel really good where we’re at right now.”

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