After a down to the wire, overtime win against Lock Haven Saturday, the Millersville men’s basketball team entered Sunday’s contest against Clarion looking for a bit of an easier time. They got just that, easily handling the Golden Eagles by a score of 84-57.
Just one day removed from coming out on top of a tough game, the Marauders showed absolutely no signs of fatigue, showcasing some of the same dominance they displayed over the U-Science Devils less than a month ago. Less than eight minutes into the game the Golden Eagles found themselves down by sixteen in a 20-4 hole. Some costly missed jumpers and key turnovers made the score a more than comfortably 31-9 just minutes later. Larry Grant’s 21 points helped the Marauders enter the half up by sixteen in front of Clarion’s home crowd.
The second half was much of the same story. Leading by as much as 34, the Marauders had no problem playing tough defense and shot 58.5% from the floor to seal their second divisional victory of the year. Elijah Obade followed up his 19 point, two block effort on Sunday with an even more impressive 19 point, four block game, the second consecutive game that he and Grant have finished as the Marauders top two scorers.
After dropping their first two games of the season the Marauders have improved their play, winning each of their past five games while holding their opponents to under 60 points in four of those five. The shaky start to their season, two road losses, brought up questions as to whether or not this team could close games and end up with Ws away from the comfortable confines of Pucillo Gymnasium. However a five game winning streak capped by two victories away from Pucillo has alleviated those fears. Thankfully for the Marauders, they do indeed return to Pucillo for their next six games, five of which pit them against PSAC teams in pivotal divisional matchups.
The Millersville men can rest for the next three days as they close in on their December 5th game hosting Goldey Beacom, a team who, despite their 3-5 record, dropped a whopping 110 points on their opponent in late November. The Marauders hope to bear down and secure their sixth straight victory beginning a six game homestand Wednesday night at 7 pm in Pucillo Gymnasium.