Clarion U. Men’s Hoops Rally For OT Victory over Seton Hill; Women Defeated; Wrestling Wins

| January 10, 2019


CLARION, Pa. – Down 13 to visiting Seton Hill with under six minutes to play in regulation, Clarion rallied to force overtime on an Elijah Cottrill 3-pointer with two seconds left and went on to beat the Griffins, 76-72, in PSAC West action Wednesday night at the Student Rec Center.

(Photo of Javontay Pipkin. Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics. Photo by Bri Nellis)

The Golden Eagles, who trailed by as many as 18 in the second half, were down 60-47 following a free throw by Milenko Predic with 6:07 to play.

But behind Stevan Rodriguez and Javontay Pipkin Clarion went on a 14-1 run to tie the game at 61 on two free throws by Pipkin with 1:01 to play in regulation. Pipkin accounted for eight of the points during the run while Rodriguez, who started the run with four straight points, also had an assist during the spurt.

All that hard work, though, seemed like it was going to go for naught when Seton Hill’s Nathan Davis hit a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to give the Griffins a 64-61 lead.

Things then looked bleak for the Golden Eagles when Cottrill turned the ball over on Clarion’s next possession, but Davis returned the favor with a turnover with 12 seconds to play, and following a 30-second timeout, Cottrill took a feed from Pipkin and hit the game-tying three to force overtime.

The Golden Eagles then scored the first eight points of overtime before holding off a 6-0 spurt by Seton Hill to claim the victory.

The Golden Eagles improved to 4-7, 2-5 in the PSAC on the season while Seton Hill dropped to 3-10 overall and 1-6 in league play.

It was certainly a tale of two halves for Clarion as the Golden Eagles struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting just 34 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point range. The second half proved to be much healthier, as they knocked down 15 of 30 attempts (50 percent) while also shooting 100 percent from the charity stripe.

Pipkin finished with a career-high 26 points, while Cottrill added 19 points and five rebounds. Rodriguez notched his fourth double-double on the season scoring 10 points while grabbing 16 defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound for a total of 17.

RJ Laugand also contributed seven points and dished out a game-high six assists, while grabbing seven boards on the night, and redshirt-Freshman Kass Taylor played a solid 17 minutes, adding five points and five rebounds while swiping two steals

For Seton Hill, Malik McKinney led the Griffins with 17 points and two boards, while Davis added 16 points and seven boards.

The Golden Eagles will play their final game of a three-game homestand this Saturday, Jan. 12, when they host Mercyhurst at 3 p.m. at the Rec Center.

WOMEN RALLY BUT CAN’T BEAT SETON HILL

CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion women’s basketball team rallied in the third quarter to pull within a single basket, but the Golden Eagles were unable to complete the comeback in falling 74-62 to Seton Hill at the Student Recreation Center on Wednesday. Clarion (7-7, 1-6 PSAC) will host Mercyhurst in another PSAC West contest on Saturday.

The Griffins led by as many as eight points in the third quarter, but the Golden Eagles rallied and cut the deficit to just two points by the final quarter break. It remained a one-possession game midway through the fourth quarter, with Clarion trailing by a score of 59-57, but Seton Hill went on a 13-0 run to come away with the victory.

Kadijah Dickson led the way with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting while also pulling down a game-high nine rebounds. Yndiah Bobo also broke double-figures with 15 points. Emily Hegedus got some of her most extended minutes of the season to date and did not disappoint, posting nine points.

Clarion won the battle of the first quarter, taking a 12-9 lead into the first-period break thanks in part to a 7-2 run to open the game. Dickson finished off an and-one to make it 5-2, and Yasmin Lewis scored in the paint with 5:35 remaining in the quarter to make it a five-point advantage. Dickson gave Clarion an 11-7 advantage with a make at the 1:41 mark of the period, and Hegedus set the lead at three points with a free throw in the final seconds.

The Golden Eagles still held a slight edge in the second quarter, with Imani Dockery scoring off a feed from Dickson at the 6:47 mark to take a 20-17 lead. The Griffins took control of the remainder of the half, going on a 14-4 run to build a 31-24 advantage. Bobo cut that lead to two buckets with 45 seconds left in the half, sinking a free throw to make it 33-27 at the break.

Try though they might, the Golden Eagles never took the lead back, cutting it to a single point at one part of the third quarter but never quite finishing it off. They almost erased an eight-point deficit, pulling to within 46-45 after a pair of free throws from Dickson, and the junior scored in the final seconds of the third quarter to cut it to 49-47 entering the final period.

WRESTLING GARNERS WIN

CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion wrestling team officially turned the calendar page to 2019 with a convincing home win, defeating LIU Post 39-7 at Marwick-Boyd Auditorium on Wednesday evening. The Golden Eagles (3-4) will open EWL action on Sunday when they host Bloomsburg for Senior Day. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

The match against the Pioneers allowed a number of new faces to shine, with Clarion winning eight of the 10 individual bouts. Three Golden Eagles won matches by fall and three more recorded technical falls as Clarion controlled the pace against LIU Post, acting as the aggressor and dictating the match.

Gavin Park set that tone early on, cradling Brandon Mercado just seconds into the 125-pound bout and eventually working him over for the pin. Seth Koleno kept that pressure on in the second bout of the night, notching several near falls against Jacob Zuller en route to a 17-1 technical fall.

Andrew Gapas recorded one of the most impressive wins of the night and certainly one of the best of his young career, defeating the Pioneers’ Joe Calderone in the 141-pound bout. Calderone entered the match ranked first nationally at 141 pounds in Division II, but Gapas jumped on the attack early and pinned him less than two minutes into the first period, giving Clarion a 17-0 team lead.

After Avery Shay made it a 20-3 team lead with a decision over Anthony Dushaj, Evan Delong gave Clarion their second technical fall of the night. He downed Kenny Cooper 20-4 just 5:11 into the 165-pound match for the five-point result. 14th-ranked Greg Bulsak sealed the win with a first-period pin over Dan Shafran, and Toby Cahill closed the night with a technical fall over Tim Nagosky at heavyweight.

Clarion 39, LIU Post 7

125: Gavin Park (CLAR) def. Brandon Mercado (POST) Fall 0:42
133: Seth Koleno (CLAR) def. Jacob Zuller (POST) TF 17-1 5:35
141: Andrew Gapas (CLAR) vs. Joe Calderone (POST) Fall 1:50
149: Chris Gomez (POST) def. Austin Jamison (CLAR) MD 11-0
157: Avery Shay (CLAR) def. Anthony Dushaj (POST) Dec. 5-1
165: Evan Delong (CLAR) def. Kenny Cooper (POST) TF 20-4 5:11
174: Dan Arkow (POST) def. Mitch Dean (CLAR) SV-1 5-3
184: Ty Bagoly (CLAR) def. James Langan (POST) Dec. 7-1
197: #14/15 Greg Bulsak (CLAR) def. Dan Shafran (POST) Fall 2:32
285: Toby Cahill (CLAR) vs. Tim Nagosky (POST) TF 18-3 3:35


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