Associate Sports Editor
The Millersville Men’s basketball team lost a well fought battle in OT against Lock Haven this past Saturday. With their postseason seed solidified and having played a double-overtime game just two days earlier, it would have been simple enough for the Marauders to pack it all in and give it all their might. But instead, the Marauders rallied with an 11-0 run. However, Lock Haven’s offense Christian Kelly hit a 3-pointer, forcing overtime in the match, lifting Lock Haven to an eventual 73-70 win victory.
Millersville overtime shot 40 percent from the field and 3-15 from 3-point range. Two of those threes pointers came from James Sullivan. The rest of the Marauders shot a combination of 21-57 (.368). From the 15:40 mark of the second half to the just over five minutes left, the Marauders missed 14 consecutive field goals including four threes and Lock Haven went on a 16-3 run and built a 60-52 lead.
With 2:30 left, Jamal Washington got a steal and layup to give Millersville a 61-60 lead. Caden Najdawi then shot a 3 pointer and scored 63-60 advantage for Millersville. Then, with only 41 seconds left, Kelly ended Lock Haven’s six-minute scoring drought with a very deep 3-pointer. Millersville called timeout, and got Najdawi for a left block, right-hand hook shot with 13 seconds left, but it came up short. Millersville forced Lock Haven into nothing more than a 3-point heave at the other end.
During the final quarter, The Marauders forced a miss from Lock Haven player Matt Cerutti, but McPherson swifty grabbed the back-side rebound from Cerutti and scored for a lead. With Millersville down one, the ball found Sullivan on the left wing with a good look at three, but missed. With eight seconds left, Lock Haven grabbed the rebound and Kelly hit two foul shots. Millersville had one more chance to possibly win the match and called a timeout. After the timeout, Marcus Adkison caught dribbled off a screen but was cornered with Lock Haven defenders by the end of the court. With time running out, his only choice was to force a well-defended shot. It was all or nothing for Marcus Adkison.
Despite their lost against Lock Haven on Saturday Millersville had something good going for them. The Marauders led 36-33 at the half and prior to the game, was 13-0 after leading at halftime. Plus the last time the Marauders had a back-to-back overtime game was in 2002. That season, They beat East Stroudsburg in a double overtime. The Men’s Basketball team has amazing players and performed effortlessly despite their lost.
Tune in to watch the Marauders close out their season at home when they go against East Stroudsburg Saturday March 2nd at Pucillo Gym.