Marauders edge Mansfield before falling to Kutztown

Mike Eshleman
Sports Writer

The Marauder men’s basketball team split two games last week , winning a close one against Mansfield on Wednesday and then dropping one against Kutztown later that week on Saturday.

In the game against Mansfield, Anthony Moe had yet another solid game for the Marauders. Moe tallied 13 points to go along with nine rebounds and a block in the game. Moe has been a solid contributor for the team all year, averaging 9.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Moe’s best game of the season came against East Stroudsburg, where he dropped 22 points to go with 18 boards, two blocks and two steals.

It took a total team effort to take down Mansfield though, as there were four different Marauders who were in double figures and good team defense slowed down star player Joe Bell in a 60-56 win. Bell was averaging an impressive 17.7 points per game, but in this game shot a paltry 1-9 from the field with only two points. This was attributed to an impressive showing from the Marauder defense.

This game wasn’t any walk in the park, however. Millersville led by nine with nine minutes left to play before Mansfield went on a 7-1 run and eventually grabbed the lead from the Marauders with about 58 seconds left to play. Mansfield led by one, but eventually Millersville took control yet again and relied on strong defense to force Mansfield into some critical turnovers to seal the 60-56 win.

Later that week against Kutztown, Millersville did not have the same type of success. The Marauders got off to a very slow start and were down 14 at halftime. However, basketball is a game of runs, so they were definitely not giving up. They were able to storm back and with around four minutes left to play in the game, they only trailed by one point. The play that brought them within one was an impressive alley-oop pass from Sam Light to Anthony Moe. However, after a timeout was called, some players started to get a little scrappy and Shawn Williams earned a technical foul. This proved to be the turning point as Kutztown was able to seal it after this and win, 68-63.

The loss moved the Marauders back to .500 with a 12-12 record, and an 8-10 record in PSAC play. Big man Anthony Moe had a very solid game, especially on the glass. He totaled seven points with nine rebounds and provided a block on the defensive end. There are only four games left to go before the PSAC tournament opens up Feb. 28.