Men win in PSAC playoff game, move on to the semifinals

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 4:47 PM

On Feb. 28, the Edinboro men’s basketball team continued their road through the PSAC playoffs with a 79-63 win over Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

After winning against the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in the first round of the tournament, the men traveled to Indiana to face the Crimson Hawks in the quarterfinals. 

Although Indiana would get the first points on the board, Edinboro’s Mike Beck and Anthony Coleman would both make early 3-pointers to make the contest a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair early on. 

Keshawn Liggins, Jaymon Mason and Coleman would all fire up additional shots from downtown for Edinboro early on. The Fighting Scots would hold the lead for the majority of that opening half  with a score of 40-27.

The second half of the game was again, back and forth, but the Fighting Scots would hold onto their lead for the entire half. For most of the second, every point that Edinboro scored was answered by the Crimson Hawks. 

With 13:46 left on the clock, Malik Miller of the Crimson Hawks put up a jumper, but Coleman quickly put up a jumper of his own roughly 20 seconds later. Soon after, Willem Brandwijk dunked to answer Coleman’s points. 

With 34 seconds left on the clock, Liggins converted on a layup for ‘Boro, which brought the score to 77-63. Two free throws by Liggins brought the final score to 79-63.

Mason led in points with 24, followed by Liggins with 22 and Coleman with 15. The Fighting Scots had a total of 30 rebounds in the game, nine of which came from Coleman. 

Edinboro ended up with a perfect night at the free throw line. The win put Edinboro into the final four of the PSAC playoffs.

In addition to the win, it was announced last week that Fighting Scots head coach Pat Cleary was chosen as PSAC West Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Seniors Liggins and Mason also earned spots on the All-PSAC first team as well as Coleman being named to the second team.

Madi Gross can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

Tags: basketball

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