The Lock Haven University men’s basketball team is headed to the PSAC playoffs for the second straight season after they defeated Shippensburg 73-64 on Saturday at Thomas Fieldhouse.
The win was Lock Haven’s fourth straight and this is the first time the LHU men’s basketball team has made the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1989-90.
Wali Hepburn scored a game-high 20 points, including 11-11 from the free throw line, to lead the Bald Eagles to the win over Shippensburg. Hepburn also added four rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes of action.
Theo West had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles, while Nate Walters had 11 points and six rebounds. All three seniors scored in double figures on Senior Day.
That was West’s third double-double of the season, and he also added two blocks and two steals.
Abe Massaley led Shippensburg with 19 points and eight rebounds. Justin McCarthur and Dylan Edgar each added 12 points for SHIP.
Lock Haven took a 16 point lead with 7:14 to go in the second half as David Garcia hit a jumper, making the score 60-44.
Shippensburg got the score down to as close as eight with 4:25 to go, but the Bald Eagles hit free throws down the stretch to end up with the 11 point victory.
Lock Haven hit an outstanding 30-33 free throws on the day, including 24-26 in the second half.
Lock Haven currently sits at fifth place in the PSAC Eastern Division but will have to wait the results of Wednesday night’s games (too late to print), to see where they who and where they will play. The PSAC quarterfinals are slated for Saturday, Feb. 28, with the higher seed hosting.
Check out the online edition of The Eagle Eye for updates on where the men’s basketball team will be playing this weekend.