Williams notches first Clarion win; men’s basketball splits matchups in Shippensburg

This past weekend, the Clarion University men’s basketball team traveled to Shippensburg University for the Wolf Bus Lines Classic.

On day one, the Golden Eagles took on the Felician Golden Falcons and won 89-76.

Clarion had five players score in double digits, and gave first-year head coach Marcess Williams a win in his debut game.

The Golden Eagles went on a 12-1 run expanding the lead to 85-72 with 1:57 to go in the game.

Clarion was fantastic from the line, highlighting a solid team-wide effort from the line that saw the Golden Eagles hit 17 of 23 free throws.

Freshman guard Brandon Williams made his collegiate debut and had 15 points, adding  four steals in the Golden Eagle victory.

Another freshman guard, Cameron Grumley, chipped in with 14 points and sophomore guard B.J. Andrews had 10 points.

Clarion scored 34 points off of 27 Felician giveaways.

The Golden Eagles also had 15 steals in the game.

Clarion also won the battle on the boards recording 18 offensive rebounds.mens bball online

Junior forward Aaron Johnson had a tremendous day with 20 points with 13 rebounds completing his fifth career double-double.

Junior forward Darius Stevens had 20 points and added eight rebounds.

The Golden Eagles led big at halftime, 47-33, helped by 7 of 15 3-pointers.

But the shooting for Clarion in the second half went cold and Felician was able to tie the game at 55 and then 62 midway through the second half.

Clarion was able to pull away late and get their first win of the season.

Williams said on the win “Good win. Really got after it, as we faced adversity in the second half and stepped up.”

On day two of the Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic, Clarion took on the Georgian Court University Lions and suffered their first lost of the season in a close 69-68 final score.

The Golden Eagles seemed to be on track to start 2-0 this season as they had led the majority of the game and were up 61-54 with less than four minutes left in the game before the Lions ended the game on a 15-7 for the one-point victory.

Clarion had five turnovers in the final 3:33, which was the driving force in the comeback by Georgian Court.

The Golden Eagles had four players finish in double-figures.

Andrews led Clarion with 17 points while shooting 7-of-11 from the floor.

Stevens recorded a double-double for Clarion with 12 points and 12 rebounds while adding four assists.

Williams had 11 points and Johnson managed to put up 10 points in the loss.

Williams said on the loss “Down the stretch we had too many turnovers and, you can’t win games that way.”

The Golden Eagles (1-1) will return to action Nov. 23 in Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium against Carlow University.

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