LHU Men’s: Millersville snaps LHU’s winning streak
By BILL ALBRIGHT
Express Sports Writer
LOCK HAVEN — Any way you look at it, the PSAC game between Lock Haven and Millersville was an old fashioned barnburner.
When the smoke cleared from the battle, the Marauders were able to escape with an 83-80 win Wednesday night at Thomas Field House.
The loss snapped the Bald Eagle win streak which stood at four games.
“The simple fact is that they made more winning plays than we did late in the game,” said LHU head coach Mike Nestor. “We didn’t key stops in certain situations. We let a guy go left every time, gave up an offensive rebound, and we didn’t switch on a switch-out and a guy hits a three. We didn’t have those plays late in the game and that really hurt us.”
Millersville bench outscored the LHU reserves by nine points and the Marauders made good on 11 treys.
“I thought we had slow close-outs and I thought it was us not being tight enough at the start. We just have to do better job closing things out and overall, I felt it was just too many possessions we left out there (on the floor).”
The first half was hotly contested with neither team able to gain any separation with Millersville holding a 40-37 lead at halftime. LHU’s biggest lead was five points while the Marauders were up by six at one point in the period.
Taking care of matters on both ends of the floor during the first four minutes of the second half yielded the Bald Eagles a 5-point lead (50-45) before stretching their advantage to eight points three minutes later.
Not to run away and hide, Millersville clawed their way back to tie the game at 61-all with nine minutes left in the game.
After ties at 65 and 67, the lead see-sawed back and forth until Millersville scored the final two points in the game from the charity stripe for the win.
The Bald Eagles can’t let the loss linger in their minds because they have a tough Shippensburg squad coming to town Saturday afternoon.
“They are a great team and right now they are ranked,” said Nestor of his alma mater. “There are no easy games, but I thought this was a winnable game. I felt that if we would have played a little better down the stretch we would have had a better shot at it than hoping for a late three to tie it up. It is the same old stuff. I don’t think we were as prepared as we could have been and that is on me.”
The Bald Eagles had good balance in the score book with Christian Kelly leading the way with 20 points. Joining Kelly in doubles were Matt Cerruti with 16, Eli Washington with 14 and Nasir Campbell with an even dozen.
Jesse McPherson narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine boards.
For The Ville, Mekhi Hendricks led all scorers in the game with 22 points.