Men's basketball wins crucial Make-a-Wish game

Category:  Sports
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 9:16 AM
Men's basketball wins crucial Make-a-Wish game by Madi Gross
Photo: Amber Chisholm

The Fighting Scots men’s basketball squad hosted the Clarion Golden Eagles on Feb. 23 at McComb Fieldhouse. Not only was this a critical conference game, but it had special importance as a child’s Make-A-Wish trip was granted at halftime.

The team welcomed back alumni for the game, and they were recognized before the men’s contest. The alumni gathered on the court for a picture, including familiar faces like Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Bess and Men’s Assistant Coach for Player Development Sheldon Brogdon.

Edinboro had their eyes set on flipping the switch and turning their one-game losing streak into a winning streak, which is precisely what they did in their 90-86 overtime triumph against Clarion.

In Edinboro’s win, Trey Staunch recorded his sixth double-double of the season. The senior also recorded a career-high 23 points and tied his career-high in rebounds. Jaryn Simpson scored a total of 25 points, making him the top scorer of the night.

Throughout the first half, both teams exchanged the lead. Edinboro grabbed the lead several times in the first. With 2:33 left on the clock, DeAnthony Owens sunk a free-throw shot which gave ‘Boro the lead that they would carry until the end of the first. 

During halftime, there was a “Chuck-a-Duck” event followed by the granting of Kendall Peterson’s wish to go to Hawaii. Peterson — from West Middlesex, Pennsylvania — was escorted out to the middle of the court by Staunch — who is also from West Middlesex. Each team presented Peterson with gifts that would be of use to her on her trip which will take place in April.

Going into the second half, Edinboro led 36-30, which Clarion would cut down to 36-32 early on. Edinboro led by as many as 15 points throughout the back-and-forth half. With 1:40 left on the clock, a 3-point shot from Clarion’s Jonathan Williams tied the score up 70-70. 

Before the clock hit the one-minute mark, a foul by Simpson put Lawrence Lemon at the line for two shots — one of the two shots went through the net — and Clarion took the lead. With less than 30 seconds on the clock, Clarion led 75-72 until Simpson sunk a 3-pointer to tie up the game with 19 seconds remaining.

The Golden Eagles then converted a layup, pushing them ahead by two points. After a timeout, one second sat on the clock when RJ Laugand got called for a foul which put Simpson at the line. Simpson made both shots, tied the score at 77 and sent the game into overtime.

Edinboro had done well throughout the first and second half staying out of foul trouble and continued this streak into the overtime period. With a fresh five minutes on the clock, Clarion’s Khari Williams sunk a 3-point shot to start the period off, to which King would respond with a 3-pointer of his own.

 A foul by Jay put Lemon at the line for two. He would sink the second of the two. After Simpson missed a 3-pointer, King grabbed the rebound and got the ball to Turner Kurt, who then sunk a 3-pointer to put ‘Boro two points ahead. With 1:21 left on the clock, Jonathan Williams was called for his fifth foul, sending Kurt to the line for two and Williams to the bench for the remainder of the game. Kurt made the first but not the second, putting Edinboro ahead by two.

With a 3-pointer, Simpson put Edinboro ahead with 10 seconds left on the clock, while two shots from King at the line with two seconds left sealed Edinboro’s win. 

Edinboro moved up to 9-15 overall and to 6-13 in the PSAC. The Fighting Scots geared up for their last regular season home game on Wednesday where the seniors of the team will be recognized on senior night. The game occurred after press time.

Madi Gross |

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