Men's Basketball Snaps Two-Game Losing Streak

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 9:20 PM
Men's Basketball Snaps Two-Game Losing Streak by Michael McLaughlin

The men’s basketball team recorded their first win in two weeks on Wednesday, Jan. 20, as they defeated California University of Pennsylvania. Edinboro moved to 10-6 overall and 9-4 in the PSAC west.

The Fighting Scots had five players in double digits, shot 52 percent from the field and 53 percent from beyond the arc.

Edinboro attempted 26 three pointers on the night, 16 of them coming in the first half.

“It’s always a part of the game plan — when we have guards as explosive as ours — we gotta let them play a little bit,” head coach, Pat Cleary said. “It’s always part of the game plan, but it’s not always a focal point.”

Henri Wade-Chatman led the way, scoring 24 points. Jaymon Mason added 19, leading the game with nine assists and a team high six rebounds. Tommy Scales put up 14 and Michael Beck and Je’Land Head each had 10 points.

Head’s 10 points were a career high for him in his 13 minutes off the bench. He was 4-5 from the field and 2-2 from three point range.

Wade-Chatman said he was happy with their fast-paced transition game tonight.

“We run fast because we’re a very athletic team,” he said.

It was a back and forth game early on, but about halfway through the first half, Edinboro went on a 10-0 run and took an 11-point lead.

Cleary said the strategy was to get some stops and not trade buckets with Cal., but it took them a little bit longer than they would have liked.

The Scots were up 46-40 at halftime, but built the lead to as much as 18 when they took the lead 71-53 after a Cal. turnover.

Edinboro won the turnover battle 16-7 and it resulted in 24 points scored off of turnovers.

Late in the game, the Vulcans went on a 14-5 run and cut the lead down to six points with less than two minutes remaining.

“We need to do a better job as a team at closing out games,” Cleary said of the late game play.

Cleary noted that he thought the team came out and played aggressive tonight, but did not think they had great defensive execution.

The Scots only attempted 12 free throws for the whole game, many of which came late in the game when Cal. began intentionally fouling.

Wade-Chatman and Cleary both preached about being aggressive and trying to get to the line. Although they may not get all the calls they want, they said, “you gotta play through it.”

Throughout the game, even when the team was up big with little time left, Cleary repeated, “let’s get one here,” when they were on defense. He always wanted them to get a stop and work on their defensive play.

Wade-Chatman and Cleary both realize that every game from here on out is an important one, and thought that tonight was a step in the right direction going into the home stretch of the season.

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

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