Big games from sophomore B.J. Andrews and junior Kyheim Hall weren’t enough, as Clarion men’s basketball fell to Mercyhurst 81-65 on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Hall scored 27 points and Andrews 22, but that couldn’t keep up with a Mercyhurst team that shot 57.9 percent from the field.
Hall scored 15 of his 27 points at the free throw line, going a perfect 15 for 15 on the day.
Andrews’ 22 point performance gave him his fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points.
Andrews also went perfect at the foul line Saturday, going nine for nine.
Clarion as a team shot 87.5 percent at the line Saturday, making 28 of the 32 shots.
However, balanced scoring from Mercyhurst played a big role in the game.
Damon Jones and Gerrae Williams each had 12 points, and James Ewing added 11 of his own.
Around the 10 minute mark, Mercyhurst used a 16-2 run to take a 32-21 lead.
They followed that up by taking a 37-25 lead, until Clarion closed the gap to six points with a minute left.
However, a Mercyhurst layup gave them a 39-31 lead heading into halftime.
The second half featured Mercyhurst shooting an astounding 63 percent from the field.
Clarion found itself down 11 points a few minutes into the half, until six quick points by Andrews cut the lead to 48-43.
Mercyhurst quickly rallied for a 12-2 run, and found themselves up 60-45 halfway through the half.
The Golden Eagles could not come back, and never got closer to 12 points the rest of the game.
Clarion rebounded in a big way Monday night, trouncing Penn State DuBois 110-57.
Junior Darius Stevens had a monster game, dropping 32 points to go along with nine rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and two assists.
Junior Ralph Naples was also a stat sheet stuffer, scoring six points, seven assists, four rebounds, and two steals.
Clarion had three other players score in the double digits, with Andrews scoring 16 points, freshman Matt D’Amico dropping 13 and freshman Cameron Grumley adding 11 points.
“The team has come together throughout the year, it’s been a journey and from day one when all 13 guys bought in. So to just see how we’ve grown as a family on and off the court is the biggest improvement to me,” said Andrews.
Penn State DuBois was led by Kyle Mills, who had 15 points and Sam Roselli, who added 12 points and six rebounds.
“Going in to the last week of the season we have the same mentality that we have had all year. Come in to practice every day looking to get better, and when it’s game time, attack the opponent that’s in front of us. We are going to continue to work every day,” said Andrews.