The Lock Haven men’s basketball team (0-3, 0-1 PSAC) was defeated by No. 4 East Stroudsburg (2-1, 1-0 PSAC) 92-69 in the team’s home opener.
Returning All-American senior Wali Hepburn lead the team with 29 (10-23 FG, 8-10 FT) points in the defeat. Twenty-two of those points came in the second half. Hepburn also added 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 turnovers.
Fourth year head coach Mike Nestor saw his team respond to an early 8-0 from East Stroudsburg with a 6-0 run less than a minute later to set the tone for what would be a competitive first half. The Bald Eagles were down 42-35 heading into the half.
Sophomore Bootsie Walker, who was recently named to the Clarion Hotel Conference Challenge All-Tournament Team, continued his strong play by pouring in 12 points (5-7 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the first half. Walker continued to play aggressively in the second half and ended the game with 15 points (6-14 FG). He also tied for the team lead in assists (4) and led the team with 8 rebounds and 5 steals.
The Warriors gained momentum in large part due to a 21-4 run to close the first half and begin the second half. However, after going down 52-37, LHU responded once again with a 7-0 run to close the gap to 8. The next possession that ESU had resulted in a three-pointer and sprung a 10-0 run to push the gap back to 18. The 8 point deficit was the closest that Lock Haven would come in the second half.
Nate Walters, a graduate student, was solid throughout the entire game by shooting 50 percent (5-10 FG) and pulling down 6 rebounds.
The team will try to crack into the win column this upcoming Saturday in non-conference action when they travel to Davis and Elkins in West Virginia. Last season, Davis and Elkins defeated LHU 78-76.