Scots' Late Rally Not Enough, Rock Takes the Victory

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 10:11 PM
Scots' Late Rally Not Enough, Rock Takes the Victory by Michael McLaughlin
Trailing Slippery Rock by seven at 71-64 with less than four minutes to go, the men’s basketball team attempted a late rally, coming to within one point of SRU’s lead.

The men’s basketball team dropped their second straight game Monday, Feb. 3, losing to Slippery Rock, 79-74.

Down seven with just under four minutes remaining, the Scots were able to score six straight points to bring it within one. Tommy Scales scored all six points and had 10 for the game.

Jaymon Mason put up a game-high 27 points, which marks his 10th 20-point game of the season.

Edinboro was out-rebounded, 42-26, and the game saw a total of 55 personal fouls and 76 free throws.

Head coach Pat Cleary couldn’t figure out why the game became so physical.

“They used their strength better than we did,” Cleary said about Edinboro’s rebounding.

The game was close for most of the first half, but Slippery Rock went on a 13-4 run to end the first half and go up 42-33 going into halftime.

“It was disappointing,” Cleary said of Slippery Rock’s run late in the first half. “I thought we had things going in the right direction and then we had to go to some goofy lineups due to foul issues, and we ended up in a hole.”

Cleary said going into halftime in a hole forced them to alter some things during the break and made them take a new path in the second half.

After coming within one, Slippery Rock called a timeout and then hit a layup while getting fouled. They hit the ensuing free throw to go up by four.

Cleary said it is tough to come back on Slippery Rock because, “they play at such a slow pace there just aren’t as many possessions.”

The teams exchanged buckets the next couple possessions, and Edinboro was down 76-74. Slippery Rock then hit another pair of free throws and Mason’s three at the other end went in and out. The Rock hit a free throw with nine seconds left to seal the win.

“I think we ran out of time and thought we made a couple crucial mistakes defensively that kept us from getting the desired result,” Cleary said.

The scoring tandem of Mason and Henri Wade-Chatman were a combined 2-6 on three pointers in the game, with both coming in the first half. Wade-Chatman had a total of 18 points on the night.

Edinboro was outscored 50-36 in the paint and shot just 39 percent from the field for the night. The Scots were 2-11 from behind the arc.

Quinn Lee Yaw pulled down a team high six rebounds and scored eight points off the bench.

“Our league is extremely tough and we need to be able to learn from our mistakes. We can’t just sit there and hope it gets easier,” Cleary said.

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

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