Men’s basketball struggles in first nine contests, 2-7 record to begin season

Austin Troutman / Sports Editor

 

With winter break approaching, Clarion’s men’s basketball team is trying to break out of a slump.

The Golden Eagle’s most recent contests occurred Dec. 2 and 3 against Millersville University and Shippensburg University, respectively.

Both games were on the road and were the first PSAC road games that Clarion has seen this season.

Against Millersville, the Golden Eagles struggled early to get points on the board, and fell behind in the game quickly.

The first half ended in by the score of 48-26, and Clarion needed to make some changes.

When the second half began, the Golden Eagles found its rhythm, scoring at almost double the pace of the first half.

Even with increased scoring, Millersville also added to its pace and scored six additional points in the second half compared to the first.

With 54 points in the second half, Millersville University defeated Clarion in the wide margin game by the final score 102-71.

Cameron Grumley was Clarion’s top offensive performer on Dec. 2, scoring 19 points and playing 34 minutes in the road defeat.

Other noticeable players were Kyheim Hall and Mason Mraz, as both added 12 points each to the Golden Eagle’s score and their stat sheet.

The next game visited Shippensburg University for a 3 p.m. tip-off time.

A crowd of 258 on a Sunday afternoon witnessed a tighter, lower scoring game than the one Clarion played the day before.

Once again, Clarion got off to a slow start in the first half, scoring only 24 points while Shippensburg put up 43 of its own.

With the Golden Eagles down 19 heading into the second half of play, the second half adjustments were a bit too late.

Clarion outscored Shippensburg 41-35, but the margin was too small to take the game back into its favor.

When the final buzzer blew, Clarion lost 75-68 to a conference opponent on a hot streak to open the season.

The win for Shippensburg moved it to 6-2 on the season, and improved its conference record to 3-1.

Clarion on the other hand continues its recent struggles to fall to 2-7 overall and 0-4 in PSAC competition.

Clarion plays one more game before the break, scheduled for Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.

That game will come on the road against another PSAC rival in Bloomsburg University.

The Golden Eagles hope to break out of a tough slump and collect a little bit of momentum as the young season progresses forward.

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