The Lock Haven University men’s basketball team got off to a quick 2-0 start to the season by winning both games in the Wolf’s Bus Line Classic at Shippensburg University over the weekend.
In the season opener against Nyack on Friday afternoon, junior guard Bootsie Walker nailed a game-winning jumper with 12 seconds to play to lift Lock Haven to a 75-71 victory.
Walker, a preseason All-Conference selection, had 16 points on 5-10 shooting while going 6-6 from the free throw line.
Lock Haven (2-0) trailed by 11 about midway through the first half before making a small spurt in which Al Blount hit a three to put the Bald Eagles up 27-25, their first lead of the game. Blount nailed another three on Lock Haven’s next possession to give the Eagles a 32-29 lead.
The redshirt-senior guard had 15 points while shooting 4-7 from three point range.
Nyack eventually took a 36-35 lead into halftime.
Trailing 69-68 with two minutes left in a back and forth second half, Brahieme Jackson made a layup, got the foul and knocked down the free throw to give Lock Haven a 71-69 lead.
Robert Tyler tied the game at 71 for Nyack with 33 seconds left, and then Walker took over.
Walker put the Bald Eagles up 73-71 with a jumper with 12 seconds to play. Walker nailed two free throws with three seconds left, ultimately giving Lock Haven a 75-71 victory.
Jackson chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bald Eagles and Ra’eese Hunt had seven points and four rebounds off the bench.
The men’s basketball team followed up Friday’s win with an 88-62 victory over Penn State Lehigh Valley on Saturday afternoon.
In all, 12 different players scored for Lock Haven led by junior guard Shawn Church. Church shot 5-10 from the field while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Hunt and Blount each chipped in ten points in the balanced scoring attack for Lock Haven.
Junior Craig Slade had nine points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes and Jackson had nine points and five rebounds in ten minutes of action. Senior Elijah Cooper had a solid outing, scoring four points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out seven assists in 20 minutes.
Overall, Lock Haven shot 50 percent from the floor, including 81 percent from the free throw line. The Bald Eagles also assisted on 15 of their 29 field goals.
Both Jackson and Walker were named to the 2015 Wolf’s Bus Line Classic All-Tournament Team for their roles in leading Lock Haven to a 2-0 start to the season.
Lock Haven will travel to California (Pa.) on Saturday for their second PSAC game, with tipoff being set for 3p.m.