LHU has 4-game win streak snapped
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, the Marauders escaped with an 83-80 win Wednesday night at the Thomas Field House.
The loss snapped the Bald Eagles’ win streak at four.
“The simple fact is that they made more winning plays than we did late in the game,” said LHU 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 3. We didn’t have those plays late in the game and that really hurt us.”
Millersville bench outscored the LHU reserves by nine and the Marauders made good on 11 3-pointers.
“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 second.
Taking care of matters on both ends of the floor during the first four minutes of the second half yielded the Bald Eagles a five-point lead (50-45) before stretching their advantage to eight points 3 minutes later.
Not to run away and hide, Millersville clawed their way back to tie the game at 61-all with 9 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 foul line 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 with Christian Kelly leading the way with 20 points. Joining Kelly in double digits scoring were Matt Cerruti (16), Eli Washington (14) and Nasir Campbell (12).
Jesse McPherson narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine boards.
For Millersville, Mekhi Hendricks led all scorers in the game with 22 points.
Millersville 83, LHU 80
MILLERSVILLE (9-9, 6-6 PSAC)
Mekhi Hendricks 8-13 1-1 22; Justin Nwosu 7-17 4-4 19; Khari Williams 3-7 4-4 12; James Sullivan 1-7 2-2 4; D’Marco Suggs 1-3 0-0 2; Ryan Davis 7-12 0-0 17; Brandon Craig 3-8 1-1 7; Gabe Kier 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-68 12-12 83.
LOCK HAVEN (8-8, 4-7 PSAC)
Christian Kelly 7-15 5-5 20; Matt Cerruti 6-14 3-3 16; Eli Washington 5-10 3-3 14; Jesse McPherson 4-6 1-2 9; Trevor Lecuona 2-6 0-0 6; Nasir Campbell 5-5 1-6 12; Jihad Barnes 1-3 0-0 3; Khaleeq Campbell 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 30-64 13-19 80.
Halftime: Millersville, 40-37. 3-point goals: Millersville 11-24 (Hendricks 5-7; Davis 3-7; Williams 2-4; Nwosu 1-2; Craig 0-1; Sullivan 0-3), LHU 7-22 (Lecuona 2-5; Campbell 1-1; Barnes 1-1; Washington 1-2; Cerruti 1-3; Kelly 1-7; Campbell 0-3). Fouled out: Millersville-none; LHU-none. Rebounds: Millersville 40 (Craig 9), LHU 37 (McPherson 9). Assists: Millersville 13 (Sullivan 6), LHU 17 (Lecuona 5). Technical fouls: Millersville-none; LHU-Campbell. Total fouls: Millersville 18, LHU 14. A: 222.