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Men’s, Women’s Basketball Struggle over Break

Bret Pallotto
Sports Editor
bmp6070@lhup.edu

 

Photo courtesy of golhu.com

Photo courtesy of golhu.com

The Lock Haven Lady Eagles basketball team went 5-5 (7-12 overall, 6-9 PSAC) over Christmas break while the men’s team went 4-6 (6-13 overall, 6-9 PSAC).

The LHU women began by dropping their first two contests on the road against Pitt-Johnstown and IUP. Against Pitt-Johnstown, junior guard, J.J. Hilliard scored a season-high 21 points in the overtime loss. The ladies then returned to Lock Haven and won three out of four by defeating Seton Hall (Pa.), Post and Slippery Rock with the loss coming against California (Pa.).

They went on to split the next four games including a 30-point blowout victory against Cheyney, 82-52. In the previous game, they defeated Millersville 49-46 which consequently marked their largest game-to-game scoring differential all season at 33 points.

Photo courtesy golhu.com

Photo courtesy golhu.com

As for the men, they traveled to Kutztown (13-9) and had their highest scoring output of the season as they won 100-98 in overtime. All five starters scored double-digits, but they were led by senior, Wali Hepburn, who poured in 27 points. The team shot 60 percent for the game and 38.5 percent from 3-point range.

Hepburn saved one of his best performances for the first game at Thomas Fieldhouse after students returned to campus as he almost messed around and got a triple-double. Hepburn went 31/12/8/4/2 and would have become the first Bald Eagle to ever record a triple-double. Redshirt junior Al Blount had his best game of the season as well when he connected on five of his seven three-point attempts and registered a season-high 21 points and 4 assists.

Both the men and women return to action this Saturday as the both take on the Mountaineers of Mansfield University. The women take the court first at 2 p.m. and the men follow at 4 p.m.

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