Men's basketball takes on Seton Hill at home

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Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at 10:36 AM
Men's basketball takes on Seton Hill at home by Madi Gross
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After two wins in a row, the Fighting Scots men’s basketball squad looked to make it three as they returned home on Feb 13. In a fight to the finish, Edinboro’s short-lived win streak came to an end as Seton Hill proved to be victorious, 87-82.

Several Fighting Scots had themselves a good scoring night, as Turner Kurt (10), Jaryn Simpson (18), Daylon Harris (16) and Trey Staunch (14) scored in the double digits. Alongside his 10 points, Kurt also recorded a season-high 12 rebounds, recording the first double-double of his collegiate career.

An early foul on Simpson put Seton Hill’s Trevor Blondin at the line 40 seconds into the game. Blondin would finish the night with 21 points. Harris began a ‘Boro scoring streak immediately after the free throw shots, the Fighting Scots leading 8-2 out of the gate. Nathan Davis would then sink his first 3-point shot of the game. Davis — the leading scorer of the night — dropped six 3-pointers through the net and scored 27 points overall. 

The Fighting Scots led by as many as seven in the first half, but going into halftime had the slim margin of one. They had 22 points in the paint, 11 bench points and shot over 90 percent at the line in the first half.

With just over 10 minutes to go in the game, Edinboro led 63-56 after Simpson sank three free throws after a foul by Malik McKinney. Then, after a flurry of action and with two shots at the line, Edinboro’s Steven Freeman eventually tied the game up at 72 with 3:39 left.

With one minute left on the clock, the Griffins led 78-74. A foul called on Alex Jay put Davis at the line to shoot two, putting Seton Hill up by six with 47 seconds left.

Edinboro’s fight for their third straight win would not be over yet, though, as they got the lead down to three with 20 seconds left. After three missed 3-point shots in the last nine seconds of the game, Seton Hill grabbed the rebound. A foul on Staunch put Seton Hill’s Milenko Predic at the line for two, sealing the Griffins’ win.

Edinboro Head Coach Pat Cleary spoke highly of how much the team has grown over the season. 

“We’re getting better — we’re doing some good things out there and guys are starting to realize what it takes at this level,” he said.

With their record sitting at 7-14 overall (4-12 in the PSAC) the Fighting Scots looked to Saturday as they traveled down the road to battle against local rival Gannon University (9-15 overall, 7-10 PSAC).

Madi Gross | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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