It’s every athlete’s dream to win on Senior Day.
For Clarion’s lone senior guard Tyrone McFadden, it was a bittersweet one.
McFadden played three years for the Golden Eagles and finished his career scoring 105 points and amassing 67 rebounds and 23 assists.
McFadden was honored pre-game and got the start Sunday versus Slippery Rock in front of the home crowd at Tippin Gymnasium.
However, less than two minutes into the game McFadden had two personal fouls and headed to the bench for the majority of the first half and would only play three more minutes the rest of the contest.
His fellow teammates played for McFadden and wanted to send him out right with a victory.
They fought to the final buzzer.
With Clarion leading 72-70 with .07 seconds left, Slippery Rock inbounded the ball underneath its own basket and found a wide open player in the corner for a three-pointer.
The shot hit the front of the rim, bounced straight up and fell into the hands of Clarion’s junior forward Kyheim Hall, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game, as the buzzer sounded for the Golden Eagle Victory.
“This win was for Tyrone,” said Clarion first-year head coach Marcess Williams. “Last game of your career, I have been there before, that’s a tough feeling but it’s a lot easier to take when you win.”
The win marked Clarion’s 10th win on the year giving them double-digits wins for the first time since the 2011-2012 season.
Leading the way for the Golden Eagles (10-15, 7-14 PSAC) was sophomore guard B.J. Andrews.
Andrews poured in 24 points on 7 of 13 shooting and now has seven games this year scoring 20+ points including his career high 30 point output coming versus Gannon coming on Feb 11.
“It was a great way to end the season at home with a big time win,” Andrews said. “Got to go get another one on Wednesday [at IUP].”
Clarion’s success was due in large part to their ability to get the free throw line.
On the season, the Golden Eagles had converted on almost 18 free throws per game for a 70 percent clip.
On Sunday, Clarion was 22-of-28 (79 percent) from the charity stripe with Andrews knocking in eight of his 11 free throws.
The Golden Eagles also added to its PSAC leading steals total as they picked off The Rock 12 times which led to 24 points in transition.
Leading the theft party was junior forward Rob Agurs who had a team-high five steals to go along with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.
“We got a bunch of fighters,” said Williams. “They fight for the staff, for each other every day… we play hard and we compete. That’s all you can ask for as a coach.”
Clarion finished its season on Feb. 26 when they traveled to Indiana to take on the Crimson Hawks.