Men’s Basketball Beats PSU WB

#10 Steve Harris had 18 points and 17 rebounds against PSU Wilkes-Barre. Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki
#10 Steve Harris had 18 points and 17 rebounds against PSU Wilkes-Barre. Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki
#10 Steve Harris had 18 points and 17 rebounds against PSU Wilkes-Barre. Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki

#10 Steve Harris had 18 points and 17 rebounds against PSU Wilkes-Barre.
Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki

By Ronald Hanaki
Sports Editor

In a non-conference game last Monday night, ESU’s Men’s Basketball team defeated the PSU Wilkes-Barre Nittany Lions 99-66 at Koehler Fieldhouse.

The Warriors were led by senior forward Steve Harris who had 18 points and 17 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kitt Najee Walls also scored a career-high 18 points and just missed a double-double with nine assists.

It was a dominant win for the Warriors. The Nittany Lions clawed their way to an early 6-5 lead in the first quarter, but the Warriors went on an 8-0 scoring run to take the lead in the game for good.

The Warriors just kept working and making baskets until they had a 56-31 lead at halftime.

The third quarter got off to a comical delayed start as PSU Wilkes-Barre took some extra time to get out of the visitors’ locker room. The Warriors were on the basketball court by themselves for a couple of minutes until the Nittany Lions finally came out to play.

Unfortunately for PSU Wilkes-Barre, basketball is not a game of hide-and-seek. The second half was more of the same.

ESU’s press defense continued to confound the Nittany Lions. At times, PSU Wilkes-Barre struggled to get the ball past mid-court, and the game ended in a 99-66 win for the Warriors.

Bench scoring, second chance points and points off turnovers were the differences in this game.

ESU’s bench outscored PSU Wilkes-Barre’s bench by 27 points.

The Warriors had 22 second chance points to only 10 for the Nittany Lions.

ESU also held a 31-22 edge in points off turnovers.

The Warriors (4-3, 2-0) will travel to western Pennsylvania to play Edinboro on Saturday and Mercyhurst on Sunday.

Email Ronald at:
rhanaki@live.esu.edu

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