Clarion men’s basketball trounces California Vulcans behind stellar performance from Miller

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This past weekend, Clarion’s men’s basketball team played host to California University of Pennsylvania.
The Golden Eagles checked into the match up with a record of 4-16 (2-10 PSAC) and the Vulcans came in at 9-14 (4-9 PSAC).
What was expected to be a  close matchup was never really seen at Tippin, as the Golden Eagles cruised to a 91-74 win.
Clarion was led by junior guard Demarius Miller who had 34 points, which was his third 30 point game of the season.
The win was driven by the Golden Eagles’ hot shooting in the first half, which was at 63.3 percent after the first half and helped Clarion build up a 46-31 lead at the halfway point.
The lead was Clarion’s largest lead at the half against a Division II opponent this season and its first halftime lead since Dec. 17 versus Kutztown.
A 23-7 Golden Eagles run to close the half was the main contribution to the 15 point halftime lead.
Six different Golden Eagles scored during the stretch with senior Mike Kromka netting six, sophomore Aaron Johnson had five, and freshman B.J. Andrews and Miller four each helping Clarion take a tie game, 23-all, and expand it to a 46-30 lead on an Andrews layup with 44 seconds left in the half.
Cal didn’t go away, as it pulled to within nine with 14:36 to play in the first half.
Jake Jacubec with 22 points and Tynell Fortune with 18 led the California Vulcans.
The game wasn’t close for long though as Clarion put together a 16-6 run thanks to six points from Miller and five from both seniors Anthony Baker and Corey Bellovich.
On top of Miller’s 34 points, Kromka had 16 points and six rebounds, and Johnson had 12 points and six rebounds.
Also chipping in was junior guard Marques Jones who had 10 points and four assists.
Coach Ron Righter had this to say about Miller’s spectacular night.
“Demarius is a scorer, he got hot early and if he hits shots early its really good for his confidence, he can really get on a roll.”
Righter also had this to say about the team still being in the playoff hunt.
“You never know what’s going happen, playing competitive basketball in February is always fun.
We will just have to see how it all turns out.”
The Golden Eagles need three consecutive wins along with three Pitt Johnstown losses to make the playoffs.
Clarion will be back in action on Feb. 23 when  it hosts Mercyhurst.
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