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Shippensburg beats LHU on the road

LOCK HAVEN — When the Lock Haven men’s basketball team rolled out the red carpet Saturday at Thomas Field House, on paper, it looked like a mismatch of sorts against Shippensburg.

As the game progressed, the mismatch became a reality as the Red Raiders had their way with the Bald Eagles, 88-70.

“We look at a few stats on a team like that,” began LHU coach Mike Nestor. “Going back to last year when they hit 13 3s, then they came here and were able to hold them to seven (treys) and in the playoff game, we held them to seven threes again. Tonight they went 13 of 23 from long range and when they are making a lot of contested shots like that, the flood gates open, they gain confidence and play well.”

The last place you want to play a team as good as Shippensburg is from behind.

“We started the game 0-7 and I thought we had great looks,” said Nestor. “We were getting shots that we wanted and when they started hitting and (John) Castello going off with 19 points and four threes, that puts you in a place where you are trying to climb back. We chipped it (the deficit) to 14, but then we missed several free throws. Not that it would have changed the whole game, it might have an effect on what was happening at that time.”

While the Bald Eagles had more then their share of scoring opportunities early in the game, the Red Raiders were taking advantage of an offensive lull by LHU to take a 26-16 lead with eight minutes left in the first half, a lead they stretched to 49-30 at halftime.

A couple of stats that might tell the tale of Shippensburg’s success through the first half: a 20-12 edge in scoring in the paint, 14-4 second-chance points and a 12-2 edge in bench scoring.

Although LHU cut the deficit down to 14 in the second half after trailing by 20-plus, it was smooth sailing by Shippensburg the rest of the way.

Jesse McPherson led the Bald Eagles in scoring with 14 points. Christian Kelly and Eli Washington each tallied 13 points. Matt Cerruti was held well under his average with 10 in the book. For Shippensburg, Castello led the way with 28 points.

Shippensburg 88, LHU 70

SHIPPENSBURG (16-3, 11-1 PSAC)

John Castello 8-13 6-6 26; Jake Biss 8-18 -0 18; Carlos Carter 5-9 4-4 15; Luke Nedrow 2-6 0-0 5; Lamar Talley 1-6 0-0 2; Dom Sleva 5-8 0-0 12; Daylon Carter 1-4 2-2 5; Kiyon Hardy 1-3 0-0 3; Ty Holsopple 1-1 0-0 2; Derek Ford 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-69 12-12 88.

LOCK HAVEN (8-9, 4-8 PSAC)

Jesse McPherson 4-6 6-6 14; Christian Kelly 4-10 4-5 13; Eli Washington 5-11 2-2 13; Matt Cerruti 4-8 2-2 10; Trevor Lecuona 3-7 0-0 8; Nasir Campbell 1-5 3-6 5; MarkAnthony Fidelis 2-3 0-0 5; Khaleeq Campbell 1-1 0-0 2; Jihad Barnes 0-1 0-0 0; Damian Young 0-0 0-0 0; Cam McCole 0-1 0-0 0; Gary Hawes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 17-21 70.

Halftime: Shippensburg, 49-30. 3-point goals: Shippensburg 12-23 (Castello 4-5; Biss 2-7; Sleva 2-2; Carter 1-1; Nedrow 1-1; Hardy 1-1; Carter 1-4; Talley 0-2), LHU 5-16 (Lecuona 2-4; Fidelis 1-2; Kelly 1-4; Washington 1-5; Campbell 0-1). Fouled out: Shippensburg-Hardy; LHU-none. Rebounds: Shippensburg 42 (Castello 10), LHU 28 (Kelly 7). Assists: Shippensburg 15 (Biss 5, Talley 5), LHU 6 (FIdelis 2). Technical fouls: Shippensburg-none; LHU-none. Total fouls: Shippensburg 17, LHU 11. A: 220.

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