Clarion men’s basketball puts up tough fight against nationally ranked IUP

The Clarion men’s basketball team started off strong against the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks, but came up short on Jan. 24 and lost 72-87 at Tippin Gym.

“I think as a whole the team played with a lot of energy and sustained it throughout the entire game, which is something we had been lacking the last couple games,” said sophomore B.J. Andrews.

Junior Kyheim Hall was first to put points on the board for the Golden Eagles early with a three-pointer.

With a little over 12 minutes left in the first half, junior Darius Stevens tied up the game making he score 15-15.

Clarion then gained all the momentum and took off from there.

With three minutes left, Andrews added two points for the Golden Eagles.mens-bball

The Crimson Hawks rallying up a minute later to tie the game with a 32-32 score.

The Golden Eagles took the lead again and went into the half leading 35-34.

IUP came back and out played Clarion starting the second half with an 18-6 run.

It was a close game up until 15 minutes remained when the Crimson Hawks took an 11 point lead.

“There were about four or five possessions in the second half where we didn’t get a quality shot,” said Andrews.

During Saturday’s game Andrews led all scorers with a career-high 23 points.

“I thought I played OK on Saturday,” said Andrews. “We didn’t get the win so that’s all that really matters.”

Hall helped narrow the gap with a layup at 8:13 in the second half.

Key players for the Golden Eagles included Hall, fellow junior Rob Angus and freshman Brandon Williams.

Hall had four rebounds, four steals and added 16 points.

Agurs also had four rebounds and assisted with 10 points.

Williams chipped in six points.

The Golden Eagles had a 7-2 run late in the second half, but it still wasn’t enough to get the win.

Clarion looks forward to ending this losing streak.

“We look forward to making the playoffs, so this last part of the season will be crucial for us, but we’ll be ready,” said Andrews.

On Wednesday, Clarion took on Pitt-Johnstown at home for a key PSAC West game.

To achieve a win against UPJ Andrews stated that the Golden Eagles just have to be intense and play smart for 40 minutes, and everything else will take care of itself.

The Golden Eagles go into action again on Feb. 4 against Seton Hill at Tippin Gymnasium.

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