Fighting Scots Defeat Seton Hill and Gannon, Record 3 Straight Wins

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 6:41 PM
Fighting Scots Defeat Seton Hill and Gannon, Record 3 Straight Wins by Michael McLaughlin
Tommy Scales went for 23 points and 6 rebounds against Seton Hill last week (Contributed/EU Sports Information).

The men’s basketball team won their third straight game Wednesday Jan. 27, at Gannon University. The win put the Scots at 12-6 overall and 11-4 in the PSAC West.

Edinboro swept their regular season series with the Knights for the first time since the 2010-11 season, defeating them 74-61.

This win came after a high scoring affair at Seton Hill on Saturday Jan. 24, when the Scots defeated the Griffins 99-88.

“I thought we had very good offensive execution. I thought we had very good shot selection and we played at a pace that allowed us to get the number of possessions required to score that many points,” Head Coach Pat Cleary said.

In the game at Seton Hill, Edinboro recorded a 64 percent shooting percentage from the floor.

Cleary said the team found a rhythm during the game and they were taking quality shots.

Jaymon Mason, Henri Wade- Chatman and Tommy Scales combined for 79 of the Fighting Scots’ 99 points.

Mason went for 36, 21 of which came in the second half. Scales scored a career-high 23 points and also contributed 6 assists.

“He was in attack mode,” Cleary said. “He had advantages on guys, and he would just get his shoulders past them and get into the lane and rise up over top of them.”

Although Seton Hill’s Kameron Taylor was tied for second in the PSAC in scoring, it was Noah Davis who led the Griffins in scoring. He scored a career-high 33 points, 21 of them coming in the first half.

The Scots led at the half 51-49 and the Griffins tied the game up three times during the second half. Eventually, Edinboro built up a 14-point lead and finished the game with a win.

In the game against Gannon, the Scots dug themselves into a hole early, falling behind by nine points midway through the first half.

They would rally, however, and with senior Wade-Chatman’s three-point shot at the final buzzer of the first half, the Scots pulled within one.

In the second half, Mason scored 20 points, putting him at 29 for the game. Je’Land Head came off the bench to play all 20 minutes of the second half and scored 14 points, without missing a shot.

“He has some enthusiasm that is indescribable,” Cleary said about Head. “He’s fun to be around.”

Edinboro outscored the Knights 47-33 in the second half, and once they took the lead with 15 minutes left to play, they never trailed again.

With a little over five minutes remaining in the game, the Scots led 62-56, but then the duo of Mason and Head hit back to back three pointers. Mason would then close out the game with 4 free throws.

Cleary said he hopes the team can recognize the situation when closing out games as the team moves forward with the season.

Although they were outrebounded 35-30, the Scots won the turnover battle, and also shot 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Wade-Chatman and Mason played all 40 minutes of the game, scoring a combined 46 points.

“I think they’re both tremendous competitors. They just really get after it, and I think they legitimately enjoy competing, and to enjoy competing is a gift," Cleary said.

Michael McLaughlin is the Sports Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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