Golden Eagle basketball drops close game after break

Austin Troutman / Sports Editor

 

Clarion’s Golden Eagle men’s basketball team looked to come back from Thanksgiving break with a feast of its own on the court when it traveled to Lincoln University (Pa.).

The 7:30 p.m. tipoff resulted in a mostly tight contest except for the second half.

Clarion played right with the .500 Lincoln squad, almost matching point for point with the opponent.

In the first half Lincoln outscored the Golden Eagles 42-41, and took the lead at halftime.

As the second half started, Clarion tried to keep with the opposition’s scoring pace again, but was unsuccessful.

The Golden Eagles put up 38 points in the second half, and Lincoln posted 47 to slam the door, and win the game.

When the final buzzer blew, Clarion lost 89-79 in its seventh game of the young season.

The loss brings the Golden Eagles to a 2-5 start, as it looks to respond to a disappointing 2016-17 season.

One of the standout players for Clarion was Kyheim Hall, scoring 23 points, accounting for 29.1 percent of the total.

Another star performer of the contest was Cameron Grumley, who put up 18 points and played 34 minutes in the defeat.

Lincoln University with the win moves to 3-2 through its first five games to start off the season in a positive way.

The Golden Eagles have dropped four straight games since starting 2-1, and will begin a stretch of contests against conference opponents for the first time this season.

Clarion will travel to Millersville University on Dec. 2 for a Saturday afternoon game starting at 3 p.m.

The next home game for the Golden Eagles will have to wait until Dec. 18 when Penn State Dubois visits for a Monday night contest starting at 7 p.m.

Finally, the only home game against a conference competitor of the 2017 calendar year is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start against the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on Dec. 30.

Clarion looks to end its losing streak against conference rivals on the road in December.

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