Clarion U Men Win; Women Lose on Senior Day

| March 3, 2019


CLARION, Pa. – Scoring the most points in the Student Rec Center to date, the Clarion men’s basketball team won 90-78 against the visiting Cal U Vulcans on Saturday afternoon ending their 2018-19 season 6-20 on the year and 4-17 in PSAC play.

(Photo: Clarion University women’s basketball honored its seniors, including Venango Catholic graduate Taylor Moltz, prior to beating the Cal Vulcans Saturday. Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

Prior to the game, Clarion recognized its two seniors, RJ Laugand and Brandon Williams, playing in their final game at home, and also the final home game in the Student Rec Center.

It was all Clarion from the start, building a lead as big as nine heading into the half beating the Vulcans 44-35. Lawrence Lemon scored 12 of his team-high 22 in the first half, knocking down five of six while grabbing six boards. Khari Williams paced the offense in the first half scoring a team high 15 points on six of 11 shooting, getting the Blue and Gold off and running.

Clarion shot an impressive 50% from the floor in the first half and outrebounded the Vulcans 21-16 on the glass.

Clarion picked up in the second half much like they finished the first half, taking any thoughts of a comeback out of the gym for the Vulcans. At the 5:06 senior Brandon Williams knocked down a three-pointer to build the Golden Eagle lead to 10, 81-71, and they never looked back from there. B. Williams finished the game with 11 points on five of eight shooting, grabbing four defensive rebounds, while fellow senior RJ Laugand finished the afternoon with six points.

Lemon finished the night with a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard Elijah Cottrill added 14 points and five rebounds. Javontay Pipkin was one point and one assist away from a double-double, scoring nine points while dishing nine assists.

Redshirt-freshman Kass Taylor had a positive impact while on the floor for the Golden Eagles shooting 50% from the floor, adding six points off of the bench in 10 minutes of action.

On the afternoon the Golden Eagles shot 53% from the floor, outrebounding the Vulcans 42-33.

For Cal U Collin MacAdams paved the way scoring a game-high 29 points in 40 minutes of work.

WOMEN FINISH WEAKLY

CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion women’s basketball team bid farewell to its two seniors on Saturday afternoon while giving a nationally-ranked team a serious challenge, but the Golden Eagles fell 72-60 to the #17/16 Cal U Vulcans at the Student Recreation Center. Clarion finishes its season with a 9-19 overall record, including a 3-18 mark in PSAC play.

Seniors Jordan Bekelja and Taylor Moltz were recognized in a pregame ceremony, and the two nearly delivered a victory in their final games in the Blue & Gold. Bekelja finished with nine points, four rebounds and three assists, while Moltz contributed two points, three boards and a steal.

The visiting Vulcans built an early lead over the Golden Eagles but were never able to pull away, with Clarion keeping the game within seven points with two minutes to go in regulation. The Golden Eagles outrebounded Cal U 41-33 and forced 17 turnovers, though they also committed 24 giveaways themselves.

Kadijah Dickson finished with 15 points on 6-of-12 from the field and also added eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Yndiah Bobo tied Dickson with eight rebounds while also scoring 13 points and dishing out five assists. Yasmin Lewis came up just one point and one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds.

The first quarter saw the two teams stay within arm’s reach of one another, with the Vulcans leading by as many as five points. Bobo and Lewis added back-to-back buckets to cut that lead to one point, and Emily Hegedus scored with 30 seconds left to make it a one-point game. Bobo knocked down a midrange jumper in the final seconds of the period to cut Cal U’s lead to 16-14.

The Vulcans built their lead up to 11 points at the halftime break thanks to a 23-14 scoring advantage in the second quarter, and the lead remained in double-digits throughout the third. The Golden Eagles came out swinging in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead back to a handful of possessions late. Bobo scored with 4:46 remaining to pull within 63-53, and Hegedus scored after a steal by Dickson to make it 63-55.

Bekelja buried a three-pointer from the corner with 1:59 left to make it a seven-point game, but the Vulcans were nearly perfect from the free throw line down the stretch to secure the win.


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