Scots lose close game to Clarion on the hardwood, 79-70

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 8:00 PM

In the closing minutes of their recent road game against Clarion, the Fighting Scots men’s basketball team could not keep pace, falling 79-70. The loss marked the 12th consecutive for Edinboro, setting a school record. They dropped to 5-16 overall and 2-14 in PSAC play. 

The Scots came out hot, which has been the case in many of their most recent games. The teams battled their way to an 11-11 tie with just under 14 minutes remaining in the first half. Clarion then decided it would try to implement an early press on Edinboro, but it was a tactical move Head Coach Pat Cleary was prepared for. 

“We noticed that (the press) when we studied them on film this week,” he said. “I thought our guys did a really good job to break it.”

They wouldn’t just beat the press, they’d jump out to a 20-13 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the opening half. The Scots were able to take the lead thanks to a 9-2 run, with points from Anthony Coleman, Trey Staunch, Jaryn Simpson and Kameron King in that span. 

While four of the five starters scored in that run, the fifth, Anthony Allen, was busy cleaning up the glass. Allen and Staunch would combine for 25 boards on the night, including a career-high 13 from Allen. In the first half, the Scots would out-rebound the Golden Eagles, 26-15, which included an 11-1 advantage on the offensive glass. 

“They did a great job out there (rebounding) in the first half,” said Cleary. “We can get even more production out of them, I believe. We have that ability.”

The Fighting Scots would continue to trade blows with Clarion heading toward the break, maintaining a 38-36 lead as the buzzer sounded.

A quick Coleman bucket, followed by Simpson hitting from deep, and Allen putting in two more gave the Scots a second-half advantage right out of the gate. Coleman would finish with 20 points on the night, tying him with Staunch for the team lead.   

“He certainly gives us more firepower out there,” Cleary said of Coleman, the senior who leads the Scots in scoring. He was playing in only his second game back after missing five straight due to an injury.

Clarion would respond, scoring eight unanswered to take back the lead at 46-43. They would extend that advantage to 55-48 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, but the Fighting Scots would not go quietly. Staunch, Coleman, Simpson and senior Daylon Harris would add buckets, cutting it to 65-61, Clarion, at the five-minute mark. 

A Coleman “and-one” play, plus quick baskets from Staunch and Alex Jay would then cut it to a one-point deficit, 71-70, with 1:23 remaining. Unfortunately for the Scots, that would be the last points they put up in the contest. Clarion would go on to score the final eight of the game, winning 79-70. 

Despite the loss, and the ongoing losing streak, there should be reason for optimism for fans of the Fighting Scots. The team has played with energy and vigor the last few games, an energy that had seemingly disappeared since the early portion of the season. Games are being played down to the wire now and aren’t over after the first half of play. 

“If we keep this energy up, and compete like heck, we can get off this streak,” Cleary said.

The Scots lost to California University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, which would be their 13th consecutive defeat.

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