The Millersville men’s basketball team met Lock Haven University Saturday in the first round of the PSAC Tournament. The two teams met twice in the regular season, with the Bald Eagles winning both contests. Millersville was strong early on, but faded as Lock Haven started to dominate the game. It was not long before the Bald Eagles jumped out to a 13 point lead over the visitors. The Marauders quickly cut the deficit to three with 2:15 left on the clock in the first half. Lock Haven rebounded to score 13 straight points and would lead Millersville 45-33 at halftime. Then in the second half, the Bald Eagles extended their lead to 19 points with 16:18 left in the game. Millersville seemed to flip a switch and started slowly chipping away at the deficit. Head Coach Fred Thompson said the comeback was jumpstarted by the team making baskets and picking it up offensively. Tyree Smith nailed two free throws to give the Marauders their first lead of the second half. On their next possession, Brandon Brown put Millersville back up by one with 3:49 left in the contest. The two teams traded points and the Marauders led by one with just over a minute remaining on the clock. Brown nailed a three pointer to extend the lead to four, but Lock Haven cut it two with 45 seconds left to play. On the ensuing possession Smith sunk a three pointer putting Millersville ahead 80-75. Smith’s three pointer with ten seconds left effectively sealed the deal for the Marauders. Millersville completed the comeback, winning the contest 81-75. Thompson said, “It was a great game, we won and were in the quarterfinals.”
Millersville was led in scoring by Brown who had 21 points, while shooting 8-12 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc. Carl Wallace contributed 18 points in the victory and went 6-8 from the floor. Kelvin Parker added 17 points, while shooting 6-15 from the floor and 4-9 from beyond the three point line. Smith totaled 12 points, while shooting 3-8 from the floor and 1-3 from beyond the arc. Nate Bollinger scored seven points off 2-7 shooting for the game. Overall the team shot 43.5 percent for the game and 39.1 percent from beyond the three point line. Lock Haven was led in scoring by Wali Hepburn who totaled 23 points, while shooting 7-19 from the floor. Bootsie Walker and Brahieme Jackson added 12 and 10 points respectively, while shooting 4-7 and 5-7 from the field. Kasheef Festus contributed eight points and was 3-7 for the game. Next up for Millersville is a battle with the top seeded East Stroudsburg Warriors in the quarterfinals. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m on Tuesday at East Stroudsburg University.