Lock Haven falls to Mercyhurst at home
LOCK HAVEN — After a nice win over Clarion twenty-four hours earlier, Lock Haven University men’s hoop coach Mike Nestor was hoping to see his club make it two in a row when Mercyhurst rolled into Lock Haven.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, ‘Mercyhurst had other ideas as the talented Lakers cruised to an 80-62 win over the Bald Eagles.
“I just told the guys that I didn’t think our defense was good enough, but their offense was just too much for us to handle,” said LHU head coach Mike Nestor. “I thought we had some opportunities where we could have gotten a stop or two, but overall, we just left too many opportunities on the floor. But when a team shoots 13-of-22 from beyond the arc, it is a very difficult thing to deal with.”
Not only did the Lakers offense overwhelm the Bald Eagles, their defense was just too much to handle.
“Their defense is a different style that is tough to figure out,” said Nestor. “It is a match-up zone that if you give them time to set it up, it is very difficult to get through. We didn’t get enough stops plus they put themselves in a good position from the start.”
Mercyhurst blew out to a quick 9-0 lead in first 3 minutes. LHU cut its deficit to four later in the period but that was as close as they would get as Mercyhurst pulled away to a 43-30 lead at the break.
“There was a possession where we were down by nine, we had the ball with a wide open look from the corner and missed the three,” said Nestor. “It is a very difficult team to play from behind on, but what it comes down to is that they just shot the ball so well.”
Continuing to neutralize the offensive efforts of the Bald Eagles, the Mercyhurst was able to main their lead in the 8-12 point range for much of the second half.
Continuing to play both ends of the floor with intensity, the Lakers built up their lead to 21, largely due to a 9-0 run with five minutes left in the game.
Leading the way for LHU was Matt Cerruti who knocked down 24 points, giving him a total of 40 points in the two weekend games. His game-high was just two short of his career-high.
Jesse McPherson netted 12 points and threw down three monster dunks, while Christian Kelly rounded out a Lock Haven trio of double-digit scorers with 11 points.
Mercyhurst 80, Lock Haven 62
MER 43 37–80
LHU 30 32–62
MiyKah McIntosk 7-11 2-2 21; Patrick Smith 7-10 3-4 21; Derrick Ellis 4-7 4-4 13; Jason Massey 4-7 0-2 8; Nelson Maxwell 2-5 0-0 6; Edvaldo Ferreira 2-4 0-0 4; Nicholas Lang 2-2 0-0 4; Trystan Pratapas 1-4 0-0 3; K. Holness-Lightbody 0-0 0-0 0; Malik Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-51 9-12 80.
Lock Haven 62
Matt Cerruti 9-17 3-3 24; Jesse McPherson 5-8 2-3 12; Jaylen Washington 4-11 0-0 9; Marques Jackson 2-4 0-0 5; Jihad Barnes 0-5 1-2 1; Christian Kelly 2-12 6-8 11; Noah Warren 0-0 0-0 0; Ibrahim Sylla 0-1 0-0 0; Totals 22-58 12-16 62.
3-Point goals: MER 13-22 (McIntosk 5-7, Smith 4-6, Ellis 1-1, Maxwell 2-4, Pratapas 1-4, Jones 0-1). LHU 6-17 (Cerruti 3-5, Washington 1-4, Jackson 1-2, Barnes 0-2, Kelly 1-4). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–MER 32 (Smith 8), LHU 31 (McPherson 6, Washington 6, Kelly 6). Assists–MER 20 (Ellis 7), LHU 13 (Barnes 7). Total Fouls–MER 15, LHU 10.
Record: Lock Haven (2-3).
Next: Lock Haven at Gannon, Saturday, 3.