Second-Half Struggles Cost Clarion U. Men in Loss at California (Pa.)

| January 31, 2019

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – Playing on the road for the first of three away contests, the Clarion University men’s basketball team was defeated by California University of Pennsylvania Wednesday evening at the Convocation Center on the campus of Cal U by a final score of 80-63.

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The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 4-13 overall and 2-11 in PSAC play. The Blue and Gold return to action Saturday afternoon when they travel to Seton Hill University to take on the Griffins at 3:00 PM.

Jonathan Williams led the way for the Golden Eagles, finishing with a team-high 15 points and six rebounds. Khari Williams led the team with nine rebounds while adding 10 points in 37 minutes of action. Javontay Pippin turned in a six-point, six assist effort in the loss, while Stevan Rodriguez added 10 points. Clarion shot 43% from the field, including 24% (6-25) from beyond the three-point arc.

Clarion trailed by just three points, 39-36, heading into the locker room at halftime thanks to a jumper by Brandon Williams with just 31 seconds remaining in the first half. The Blue and Gold evened the score just two minutes into the second half off of an and one free throw from Rodriguez making it 39 all, but that is as close as they would get.

The Vulcans would catch fire shooting from the field in the second half, shooting 50% from the floor and build on their lead for the rest of the game. Although Clarion was within a few possessions most of the night and out-rebounded the Vulcans 40-21, Cal U out-scored Clarion in points off turnovers 14-9 en route to securing the win.

Zyan Collins and Brent Pegram would pave the way for the Vulcans on the night, with Collins scoring a game-high 24 points on 11-17 shooting, while Pegram added 21 in 40 minutes of action.

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