Women win, men lose in games against Gannon University

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 7:56 PM

Rosten pours in 30 points, grabs 13 boards for Scots

The Edinboro women’s basketball team came away with a 63-42 win over Gannon, powered by standout performances from multiple members of the team. 

Gannon’s Lauren Tewes scored the first points of the game for the Golden Knights, a 3-pointer at just over 30 seconds into the action. Less than a minute later, Jontay Walton put Edinboro’s first points on the board. 

Going into the second quarter, Edinboro led 17-13. Tewes would again open scoring, bringing the deficit to two. Edinboro’s Michaela Barnes answered Tewes’ layup, bringing the score to 19-15. 

About a minute later, Gannon’s Chelsea Rourke fouled Rosten, which put her at the free-throw line and brought Edinboro’s lead to 27-21. At the end of the first half, Edinboro led 31-24.

The third quarter would open up with a quick three points from Walton, then answered by Gannon’s Julia Braungart. Rosten would dominate scoring in the third, though, with a total of five shots made (with assists from Michelle Jahn, Whitney Allen and Walton) and two free throws converted. At the end of the third, Edinboro continued to lead with a total score of 49-31. 

Early in the fourth, Walton brought Edinboro to the 50-point mark for the game with a free throw after a foul by Gannon’s Emma Oas. Early in the fourth, Edinboro’s Bridgette Shaffer put up a jumper, assisted by Rosten, that brought the score to 52-35.

With points from Rosten, Walton and Jahn throughout the fourth, Edinboro’s lead sat at 60-40 with a little over three minutes to go in the game.

Jahn was the last to score in the game with a 3-point shot with less than 30 seconds left. She played a total of 38 minutes and registered 11 points on the night.

Walton scored 12 points in her 35 minutes of game time. She also corralled four rebounds. 

Rosten had a terrific day, scoring 30 points in her 37 minutes of play. She also led in rebounds with a total of 13 (two offensive and 11 defensive). 

She was named the PSAC West Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row after her breakout performance in this game as well as her play on Feb. 7 at Seton Hill University. This marks the fourth time she’s earned the award this season. “It was good, exciting win. A good rivalry, and I’m glad we got a win,” Rosten stated about the game.

The win brought the women’s team to 16-2 in PSAC play and 20-2 overall, winning seven in a row. 

The team returns to McComb Fieldhouse on Feb. 14 before heading to Clarion University on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Last second foul call behind arc dooms Fighting Scots

On the men’s side, Edinboro fell in a last-second upset, losing 72-71 on Sturday against Gannon University. 

Following a Keshawn Liggins miss, Zay Jackson would score the first points of the game for the Golden Knights. 

Gannon would lead the game for the first five minutes with points from Jackson, Evan Phoenix and Damon Miraud. Anthony Coleman finally got Edinboro on the board, but early on the Scots’ trailed 11-2.

Within the next minute of play, though, Gannon’s Matt Johnson went up for a shot that was rebounded by Edinboro’s Mike Beck, who then sank a 3-point shot. 

With a little over 10 minutes left in the half, Gannon’s Gerrell Williams and Kofi Mills both scored to increase the lead to 17-8. Liggins responded with a 3-pointer, and then added another long distance shot after stealing the ball away. 

Jaymon Mason put his first points on the board with less than seven minutes left in the first half, sinking a 3-pointer to cut Gannon’s lead to 20-19. Just seven seconds later, Gannon’s Phoenix slammed it down, moving the score to 22-19. 

With less than five minutes left in the first half, a foul would be called on Fighting Scot Beck, giving Miraud two shots at the line. A layup by Mills shortly after brought Gannon’s lead to 30-25. 

With a little over two minutes left, Edinboro’s Jack Frank got called for a foul, putting Gannon’s Jair Green at the charity stripe. Before the end of the half, Liggins scored once again, while Gannon put up another seven points to finish the half leading 39-27. 

Mason, Coleman and Liggins scored early in the second, but the Fighting Scots still trailed.

A steal by Michael Sims Jr. set Beck up for a 3-pointer with less than 15 minutes left in the game. Within the next minute of play, Trey Staunch would put up another two points for Edinboro, while Liggins would get to the line again after a foul by Miraud. 

With under nine minutes to go, Edinboro’s Alex Jay put up a layup to cut Gannon’s lead down to two, and Mason would put up another seven points in the next three minutes to give Edinboro the lead 66-62. 

The score sat at 69-69 late, but Liggins would sink a layup to give Edinboro the advantage again with four seconds left on the clock. Liggins scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 38 minutes.

The game was thought to be over until a shooting foul behind the 3-point line was called on Sims with less than 1 second left on the clock, putting Golden Knight Zay Jackson at the line. Jackson made all three shots, bringing the score to 72-71, which would be the final score after Edinboro was unable to score in the last second of play.

Mason and Coleman helped pace the Fighting Scots along with Liggins, scoring 14 and 10 points, respectively. 

The loss dropped the men’s record to 11-7 in conference play and 14-8 overall. The team travels to Clarion University on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip-off.

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

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