Men's and women's basketball team tip off in postponed game

Category:  Sports
Thursday, January 24th, 2019 at 12:07 PM

Women

Edinboro, ready to get back into the swing of the season, had a small delay as their game at Indiana University of Pennsylvania was rescheduled from Jan. 19 to Monday due to the winter storm expected to hit. 

When Monday rolled around, the Fighting Scots were ready to face off against the No. 1 ranked Crimson Hawks, but they would fall, 97-73.

Both teams started hot, hitting multiple 3-pointers in the first two minutes. At the end of the first, IUP had already pulled away, holding a 16-point lead. At the half, they would lead 50-33.

With back and forth action in the third quarter, Edinboro still trailed 77-54 going into the fourth.

Michaela Barnes opened up scoring in the last quarter and put up another 6 points by the end of the game, finishing with a total of 23. A layup from the Crimson Hawks’ Teirra Preston brought IUP’s final score to 97 with 21 seconds left on the clock. After the win, IUP had won 15 in a row.

At the end of this game, Edinboro’s record moved to 10-5 overall and 6-4 in the PSAC.

With her 13 points in this contest, Ciara Rosten is only 8 points away from 1,000. Rosten noted that this was a personal goal coming into the season. Barnes is also close to reaching the achievement with only 55 to go.

“This part of the season is mental — not necessarily physical,” Jontay Walton stated. “It’s really intensity and heart. We have to go out there and fight every time. So, I mean, I’m confident going into the rest of the season, but we definitely have to go back to the drawing board.”

The team looks to their next game at Clarion on Wednesday and on Saturday will face off against Slippery Rock University at 1 p.m. in McComb Fieldhouse.

Men

The men’s game scheduled for Saturday against IUP — like the women’s — was pushed to Monday due to the winter storm. The then No. 5 Crimson Hawks took the win in Monday’s 102-53 game. 

IUP opened the scoring in the first minute, but Edinboro’s Alex Jay responded shortly after with a 3-pointer of his own to put the Fighting Scots ahead early. The Crimson Hawks pulled ahead quickly, though, leading 65-25 at the half. 

IUP had built up a 49-point lead by the time the final buzzer hit. On Tuesday, it was announced that the Crimson Hawks moved to No. 4 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Division II Poll.

Jaryn Simpson had 14 points in this game, with his total for the season moving to 275, almost tripling the total 98 points he had in the 2017-2018 season. Simpson was caught off guard when this fact was presented to him. 

“That’s insane,” he exclaimed. “All together? That’s crazy!”

Trey Staunch added 17 points in the contest, now sitting at a total of 191 points – just 17 points shy of reaching his 208 point total in the 2017-2018 season.

Several of the players discussed their personal goals for the rest of their season. 

“As long as we end strong...it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Steven Freeman stated. He noted the momentum he believes the team has going into the second half of their season. Freeman hopes to continue his basketball career overseas upon his intended graduation from Edinboro next year. He added that whatever way life takes him he hopes that he can one day be a positive role model and help others.

“Just to contribute to the team as much as I can,” Daylon Harris stated about a personal goal on the court. Off the court, Harris hopes to gain his health and physical education degree in his time at Edinboro. “Obviously, every player wants to win a ring, but if it doesn’t come to that, the fact that all of our players will be able to graduate and walk across that stage is the biggest accomplishment.”

The Fighting Scots (4-10 overall, 1-8 in the PSAC) face off against Clarion University (4-10 overall, 2-8 in the PSAC) on Wednesday night and will return home on Saturday at 3 p.m. to face off against Slippery Rock University.

Madi Gross | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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