Clarion U. Men’s Basketball Tops PSU Fayette

| December 31, 2018

CLARION, Pa. – Playing on their home court for the fourth game in a row, the Clarion men’s basketball team delivered an 89-67 victory over visiting Penn State Fayette Sunday night.

(Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

The Nittany Lions jumped out to an early seven-point lead at 11-4 but the Golden Eagles slowly clawed their way back into the game, taking the lead 21-20 with 8:24 left in the first half and never looked back. Khari and Jonathan Williams paced the Clarion offense in the first half, each scoring 12 points to stake the Golden Eagles to a 41-28 halftime lead.

Clarion shot 57% from the floor in the first half, getting up and down the floor quickly, helping them withstand the hot shooting hand of Fayette’s London Hoxie. Hoxie knocked down five of his first eight shot attempts, pumping in 13 of his game-high 26 points in the first half.

A 10-0 run just six minutes into the second half helped Clarion extend their lead to 20, capped off by a fast-break dunk by guard Elijah Cottrill.

Fayette would cut the lead to 10 points at 64-54 with just over 9 minutes left in the game, but that would be as close as they get in the contest.

For the game, Clarion shot 57.1% from the floor, converting 36 of 63 attempts, including 11 of 16 from the free throw line.

Cottrill led the Golden Eagles with 26 points and eight assists, while Khari Williams finished the night with 21 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

J. Williams nearly missed a double-double, netting 20 points and 9 rebounds along with 3 assists.

Clarion really spread the scoring around, as Stevan Rodriguez finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Javontay Pipkin finished with seven points to go along with a team-high seven assists and five rebounds. Redshirt-Freshman Kass Taylor rounded out the scoring adding two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes of work.

The Golden Eagles will turn the page to 2019 and look to start off the new year with a win when they head to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on Jan. 2. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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