Sunday, December 2, 2018

LHU men’s basketball: 3-point party powers Bald Eagles in PSAC opener

The LHU men’s basketball team shot lights out from 3-point range and the red hot shooting powered Lock Haven past visiting Clarion today in the PSAC opener.

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Lock Haven University men’s basketball team (2-2, 1-0 PSAC) opened Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play with a 3-point party and the clutch shooting from downtown powered the Bald Eagles to an 88-65 win over Clarion University (1-3, 0-1 PSAC) this afternoon at Thomas Fieldhouse in the PSAC opener for both teams.

As a team, The Bald Eagles knocked down 14 of 28 three pointers and shot 53 percent (32-60) from the field.

The 14 3-pointers marked the most since Lock Haven netted 15 back on February 26, 2011 vs. California (Pa.).  

After the Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, LHU began to light up the scoreboard as the Bald Eagles erased that deficit and pulled ahead for a 47-31 advantage at the half thanks to 16 points from Christian Kelly (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville).

In the second half, Lock Haven continued its hot shooting to lead by as many as 28 as LHU opened PSAC play with an 88-65 victory.

Kelly finished with a career-high 28 points to lead the LHU offense. He shot 60 percent from the field (9-15) and knocked down four of six threes to go with seven rebounds and two assists. Matt Cerruti (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Archbishop Wood) also played a strong, all-around game. Cerruti totaled 16 points on 60 percent shooting (6-10) as well while also hitting four of his six threes. He added five rebounds and three assists.

Jihad Barnes (Philadelphia/Philadelphia Electric Charter), Noah Warren (Chester, Pa./Neuman-Goretti) and Jesse McPherson (Philadelphia/Archbishop Carroll) all finished in double figures to round out a superb all-around effort by The Bald Eagles.

Barnes finished the game with 13 points to go with six assists and four rebounds while Warren added 11 points and five rebounds and McPherson finished with 10 points.

Jaylen Washington (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) had an impact at both ends of the floor, finishing with seven points, six rebounds and four assists.

 Up Next:

LHU will return to action tomorrow at the Thomas Fieldhouse when they host Mercyhurst. That game is scheduled for a 3:00 PM tip.

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