Joseph Lillard – Sports Editor
After picking up a tight victory against Davis and Elkins, Clarion seemed determined to show that the win wasn’t a fluke.
Subsequently, Clarion defeated Mansfield and Lock Haven University by scores of 71-63 and 87-75, respectively.
Against Mansfield, the men controlled the game early.
Clarion rode the hot shooting of Justin Grant to a 40-29 advantage at the end of one half.
Grant put up the highest points at the half with 12.
All of those came courtesy of 3-pointers.
Clarion coasted from there on out.
Mansfield outscored the Eagles in the second half, 34-31, but it clearly wasn’t enough to overcome the hole they were in.
Grant finished the game with a double-double in the form of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
He complimented all that with three assists.
Manny Powell ended the game with 13 points, eight assists and four rebounds, while BJ Andrews posted 11 points, eight rebounds and an assist.
Rounding out the double figures club was Cameron Grumley, compiling 10 points to go with five rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist.
Clarion’s basketball team shot the lights out from the field.
The Golden Eagles made 42.9 percent of its shots, and found the mark on 43.5 percent of its long balls.
The next day, Lock Haven rolled into town ready to play.
Lock Haven carried at 16-point lead into the half while shooting 54.29 percent from the field.
Whatever the Eagles did in the locker room at the half, it certainly paid off.
Its opponent’s shooting percentage plummeted to only 27.03 percent.
Meanwhile, Clarion’s jumped from 36.67 percent to 48.48 percent.
This time, Grumley dawned the hero’s cape.
Of his 27 total points, Grumley deposited 23 in the second half.
He also had a critical block in the second half that tossed his teammates and the crowd into a frenzy.
Andrews and Jamani Pierce pitched in 17 points apiece.
Pierce also collected one rebounds in the contest to give him a double-double.
Manny Powell added 13 points for the winning team, along with six assist and a steal.
Grant tossed in 11 points, seven rebounds and a couple of steals for the Eagles.
Akeem Williams worked hard at cleaning up the glass, as he finished with 13 rebounds.
With these victories, Clarion is now on a three game win streak.
More importantly, they maintained an undefeated record at home after four games.
The men return to action again at home this weekend.
On Saturday, they battle against Bloomsburg University and try to make it five in a row at home.
That game tips-off at 3 p.m.
Afterward, Clarion doesn’t play again until Dec. 18 when they take on West Liberty University on the road at 4 p.m.