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Men’s basketball splits opening weekend

Richard Schulz
Sports Writer

Bowie State

The men’s basketball team started their season on the road in Lincoln, Pa. The season opener brought a little sadness to the Marauders, but their play the next day made their record even.
Friday, the Marauders matched up against the Bowie State who gave the men a run for their money. Millersville (0-1) came out and had a 9-6 lead over the CIAA Northern Division preseason favorite thanks to a Tommy Patterson 3-pointer. After an 18-2 run in seven-plus minutes by Bowie State, the Marauders looked to be in trouble. There was 8:25 minutes left on the clock in the half and the score was 24-11.
For the remainder of the half the Marauders couldn’t keep up. The Marauders trailed by as many as 17 in the first period. The Bulldogs shot a dominating 62 percent from the field in the first half and 51.9 percent for the game. Bowie State ran the first half as they finished with a lead 32-44.

All nine of Jalen Lester’s points against Lincoln came from beyond the arc.
All nine of Jalen Lester’s points against Lincoln came from beyond the arc.

That difference was good enough to last them the whole second half. At the start of the second half, Millersville’s Shawn Williams scored a triple, making the score 44-35. That was as close as the Marauders would get the rest of the game.
Bowie State was led by Ahmaad Wilson’s 20 points while the Marauders had help from Eddie Callender with his 22 points, eight boards and seven steals.
The final score was 64-76 leaving the Marauders with a loss at their season debut. Millersville finished with 36 percent shooting including 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from deep. Callender nearly posted a triple-double in points, rebounds and steals. He shot 8-of-14 from the floor. Kelvin Parker managed 12 points and seven rebounds but battled through a cold shooting night as he connected on just 4-of-16 shots. Williams contributed 15 points and two steals.
Millersville has lost three consecutive season openers and falls to 0-7 in road openers under Fred Thompson.

Lincoln

Saturday would be a new day as Millersville men’s basketball defeated Lincoln 66-56 in part of the CIAA-PSAC Challenge held in Manuel Rivero Hall on Saturday. Kelvin Parker paced the Marauders with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Millersville (1-1) jumped out to a 12-7 lead over the Lions thanks to a Shawn Williams 3-pointer. However, Lincoln was able to create a run of their own and tied the contest at 18 all with almost nine minutes left in the first half. Both teams closed out the half trading baskets but the Lions gained the upper hand with a 6-0 run; the Lions led 38-32 halftime lead.
Newcomer Callender opened the second half scoring and finished the contest with eight points and six rebounds. It was Callender’s strong play down low, along with Patterson, that helped mount the comeback for the Marauders who finally regained the lead for good with 9:13 remaining in the second half. From there, Millersville was able to build the 10-point lead with which it ended the game.
Tony Efece led Lincoln with 15 points and five rebounds. The Marauders held a 28-20 advantage in points in the paint.