Men’s basketball struggle against Warriors

Breanna Crognale
Staff Writer

The men’s basketball team looks to improve their 9-11 record.
The men’s basketball team looks to improve their 9-11 record.

The Millersville men’s basketball was tested on the road Saturday as they faced off against the first place East Stroudsburg Warriors. It was the second meeting between the two teams with the first ending in a 68-96 blowout loss for the Marauders at home. It was an opportunity for Millersville to show they are capable of playing with the best in the conference. However, the team did not fare much better in the rematch as they were blown out 64-93 by the Warriors. East Stroudsburg shot 52% for the game and went 12 for 25 from beyond the three point line. The Warriors leading scorer Whis Grant scored 22 points and surpassed the 1,300 point mark for his collegiate career with 1,309. Millersville struggled to get anything going offensively, shooting 35.1% from the floor and 7 for 23 from beyond the arc. The Marauders managed to keep the score close early on, tying it at 18 off a free throw by J.D. Ricapito. The Warriors offense ripped off 11 consecutive points to lead Millersville 29-18. Millersville was unable to recover, as they saw the game quickly climb out of reach. East Stroudsburg’s offense erupted in the second half, with the guys building a thirty point lead over the Marauders. The balanced scoring of the Warriors proved too much for Millersville to contain during the contest.
Millersville was outshot 49 to 30 in the first half and 44 to 34 in the second half. The team was led in scoring by Kelvin Parker who had 17 points and went 6-17 from the floor. Tyree Smith contributed 15 points and was 4-11 for the contest. Carl Wallace added eight points, three assists and was 4-9 from the floor. Ricapito chipped in with seven points for the Marauders. East Stroudsburg was led offensively by Grant who shot 7-9 from the floor. He was lighting it up from beyond the arc, going 5-6 for the game. Rasheed Moore added 17 points, and shot 7-9 from the floor. Jamal Nwaniemeka and Will Brown each added nine points, while going 4-10 and 3-10 respectively. The Marauders are off until February 12th when they host Mansfield with tipoff slated for 8 p.m.