Second half lifts Bloomsburg men past LHU
LOCK HAVEN — In a game that featured Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde halves for the Lock Haven University men’s basketball team, unfortunately the mad scientist came out as the victor as Lock Haven lost to Bloomsburg, 93-76.
While the Bald Eagles had their better half out of the opening tip at 43-35 the Huskies overwhelmed the Bald Eagles during the second twenty minutes.
“One thing we have to do is become more of a consistent team when we come on the floor,” said Lock Haven coach Mike Nestor. “If you aren’t ready to go, that is when things don’t turn out well for you.”
Bloomsburg jumped out of the gate quickly for an 8-2 lead, but LHU kept its deficit in the 4-6 range until they battled back to trail by one, 16-17, nine minutes into the game.
Keeping the pressure on, the Bald Eagles got their first lead at 27-25 on a layup by Tarojae Brake with six minutes left in the half, eventually expanding their advantage to as many as eight at the break.
Two big numbers in the halftime stat sheet were in shooting percentage from the field (56.3) and in turnovers where the Bald Eagles only gave up the ball twice while causing eight giveaways by the Huskies.
“We did that for twenty,” said a disappointed Nestor about the solid play in the first half. “But when you allow a team to shoot 79 percent from the field you can chalk that one up (as a loss). There was just no stopping them (in the final 15 minutes) and we didn’t force their defense to step up. Guys were taking the ball side to side. Then in the second half, it was just a one pass, drive it and see what we can do and that is just not good basketball.”
Not to run away and hide, the Huskies kept clawing at the LHU lead until they regained the upper hand at 59-58 seven minutes into the second period, extending their lead to 65-58midway through the period.
The Huskies gradually pulled away until they led walked off the floor with a win.
Leading the Bald Eagles in the scorebook was Amir Hinton with 27 points. Ra’eese Hunt added 17 and Jihad Barnes scored 11. For Bloomsburg, Christian Mortellite led all scorers with a game high 33 points.
The Bald Eagles host East Stroudsburg on Saturday at 4 p.m.
BLOOMSBURG (10-8, 6-8 PSAC)
Christian Mortellite 11-20 7-7 33; Yahmir Greenlee 9-12 1-3 21; Carnell McGirt 6-9 5-5 17; Alex Prislupsky 3-4 0-1 7; Sam Saxton 2-2 0-0 4; Malik Sneed 1-4 2-3 4; Kyle-Michael Rose 1-6 1-1 3; Dar. Robinson-Wallace 1-2 0-0 2; Donell Diggs 1-2 0-0 2; Jordan Melochick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-61 16-20 93.
LOCK HAVEN (9-9, 5-9 PSAC)
Amir Hinton 11-18 3-3 27; Ra’eese Hunt 7-10 2-2 17; Jihad Barnes 2-4 6-6 11; Tarojae Brakek 3-5 0-0 7; Cole Renninger 2-7 3-6 7; Khaleeq Campbell 2-6 0-0 4; Craig Slade 1-5 1-3 3; Scott Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-55 15-20 76.
Halftime: LHU, 43-35. 3-point goals: Bloomsburg 7-16 (Mortellite 4-8; Greenlee 2-4; Prislupsky 1-2; Robinson-Wallace 0-1; Diggs 0-1), Lock Haven 5-10 (Hinton 2-4; Brake 1-1; Barnes 1-1; Hunt 1-2; Campbell 0-2). Fouled out: Bloomsburg-none, Lock Haven-Barnes; Hunt. Rebounds: Bloomsburg 35 (Sneed 9), Lock Haven 23 (Slade 9). Assists: Bloomsburg 12 (Mortellite 4), Lock Haven 10 (Renninger 3). Total fouls: Bloomsburg 18, Lock Haven 22. Technical fouls” Bloomsburg-none, Lock Haven-Hinton. A: 399.