Men head home after win at Clarion

Category:  Sports
Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 4:44 PM

One second on the clock.

Fighting Scots senior Trey Staunch is at the line. 

The first shot hits the bottom of the net. The second, the same.  

That’s how Edinboro men’s basketball would secure the win over Clarion on Jan. 23, with the senior coming through at the line to make it a two-possession game. This would be Edinboro’s long-awaited second conference win of the season.

Clarion opened scoring for the game with a 3-pointer, which Edinboro freshman Turner Kurt would then match. Edinboro would pull ahead early, 9-7, and would keep the lead for the rest of the game.

They would pull ahead by as many as 15 in the game after sophomore Alex Jay put up points on a fast break. With nine seconds left on the clock for the first half, a jumper from Clarion’s RJ Laugand closed Edinboro’s lead to 11 points, 42-29.

Kurt scored first in the second half for the Fighting Scots, this time at the line. Due to some foul trouble early in the game and in the second half, the Fighting Scots had to be cautious throughout the game on defense. In the end, the Fighting Scots won 82-77.

Simpson led in scoring with 20 points, Staunch had 18, including the crucial free throws, and Harris added 18 of his own. They would make up 56 of the team’s 82 total points. 

Thirteen of Edinboro’s points came from the bench, but these were not the only contribution players off the bench made. Junior Anthony Allen recorded several season highs, for example, including rebounds, as he grabbed a total of 10.

Head coach Pat Cleary mentioned how well his team has played considering the number of athletes out due to injuries. Many of the underclassmen on the team have seen more and more playing time and also started various games. Cleary mentioned how proud he is of the underclassmen and the large strides they are taking. “The fact that they’re getting better, they’re making improvements — that’s the goal right now,” he stated.

Cleary also looked to the rest of the team’s season. “We’ve got to take it game by game, and we’ve got to get the group better daily. While things haven’t gone our way a whole lot this season, I believe we’re only two games out of a playoff berth. Making it to the conference tournament...we have to have that in mind as a goal. We’ve just got to keep grinding daily to get there,” he concluded.

They sat at 5-11 overall (2-9 in the PSAC) after Wednesday’s win.

Madi Gross | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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