Clarion U. Men and Women Fall at IUP

| February 22, 2019


CLARION, Pa. – Traveling to Indiana, Pennsylvania for a PSAC West match-up, the Clarion men’s basketball team dropped an 82-61 decision to the Crimson Hawks on Thursday evening.

(Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

The loss drops Clarion to 5-18 overall and 3-15 in the PSAC while IUP improves to 22-2 overall and 15-2 in league play.

The Blue and Gold kept it close for much of the first half, shooting an impressive 40% from the floor but the Crimson Hawks shot lights out from the opening tip-off, shooting 58% from the field as well as an immaculate 58% from beyond the arc. Despite the hot shooting from IUP, the Golden Eagles trailed by just 12 points heading into the half.

Willem Brandwijk got the scoring started for the Crimson Hawks in the second half with a layup extending the lead to 14 points. A dunk by IUP’s Jacobo Diaz at the 16:42 mark of the second half extended the Crimson Hawk lead to 16, but the Golden Eagles would claw their way back into the ballgame.

After a three-pointer from junior Elijah Cottrill, a jumper from Javontay Pipkin and a cold shooting streak by IUP mid-way through the second half, the Golden Eagles trailed by just 10 points at the 11:08 mark.

The Crimson Hawks would find that hot shooting hand late in the second half going on an 8-0 run to ultimately put the game out of reach for the Blue and Gold.

On the day, Clarion shot 46% from the floor on 25 of 54 shooting, while IUP shot 56%, converting 31 of 55 attempts and knocking down 13 of 23 from beyond the arc.

The Crimson Hawks also held a 24-16 advantage on the defensive glass.

Clarion was led offensively by sophomore Khari Williams with 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Cottrill also had a strong game with 12 points and four rebounds. Big man Jonathan Williams also chipped in 11 points while Lawrence Lemon added two points and four rebounds.

Dante Lombardi had a game-high 21 points and nine assists to lead the Crimson Hawks, while Diaz added 20 points and eight boards on the night.

The Golden Eagles will conclude their two-game road trip on Saturday, February 23, when they travel to Edinboro to take on the Fighting Scots. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

WOMEN FALL

INDIANA, Pa. – The Clarion women’s basketball team played a consensus top-four team in the nation tight for three quarters on Thursday evening, but the Golden Eagles were unable to pull off the upset in falling 79-62 to #3/4 IUP at the Kovalchick Center. Clarion (9-16, 3-15 PSAC) will face off with Edinboro on Saturday.

It was the second straight meeting in which the Golden Eagles played tight with the nationally-ranked Crimson Hawks, this time holding the lead for a long period of time and putting pressure on the home team. IUP survived Clarion’s early barrage, however, and re-took the lead for good late in the second quarter.

Kadijah Dickson and Yndiah Bobo were the leading offensive forces for Clarion, with each scoring 17 points and shooting efficiently from the field. Emily Hegedus finished with 13 points and had a team-high six rebounds.

The Golden Eagles stormed out to an early advantage over the Crimson Hawks, taking a 20-15 advantage at the end of the first quarter thanks in part to advantages at the free throw line and the three-point arc. Both teams shot well from the field in the opening quarter but Clarion added treys from Emily Hegedus and Taylor Moltz, the latter of which erased IUP’s 8-2 advantage.

Both buckets were part of the Golden Eagles’ 10-0 run that was capped by a transition bucket from Yndiah Bobo, who scored off a steal from Kadijah Dickson to make it 12-8. Bobo stretched the lead to 19-14 with an old-fashioned three-point play at the 1:23 mark, scoring through contact from Lauren Wolosik.

Clarion continued to lead into the second quarter, with Bobo making it a six-point advantage at 27-21. The Crimson Hawks closed the first half out on a 12-0 run to re-take the lead, though, going up 36-29 at the break. They held the lead steadily throughout the third and fourth quarters, going up by as many as 14 points in the third to keep the Golden Eagles at arm’s length. Clarion continued to battle, though, drawing as close as seven points in the fourth quarter on a free throw by Bobo. Hegedus scored to make it 63-54 late in the period, but IUP pulled away for the double-digit win.


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