Monday, November 22, 2010

Warriors Dominate Offensive Glass in 87-60 Win at Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN – Sophomore forward Marcus Brown scored 12 of his career-high 16 points in the first half to lead East Stroudsburg University to an 87-60 win over Lock Haven in non-conference men’s basketball on Monday night at Thomas Fieldhouse.

Brown had six of his eight rebounds on the offensive end as the Warriors pounded the glass for 24 offensive rebounds. Sophomore forward Duane Johnson added 12 points and seven boards, junior forward Eric Bryan had eight points and eight rebounds and junior point guard Russell Graham III had eight points and eight assists.

Sophomore forward Terrance King (11 points, five rebounds) and senior guard Micah Covert (10 points, four assists) were also in double figures for the Warriors (2-0), who trailed 8-0 in the first four minutes before responding to lead 38-30 at halftime.

ESU opened the second half on an 18-8 run to stretch the lead to 18 points (56-38) with 13:30 left after four quick points by senior forward Mike Tobin. The Warriors led by at least 15 points the rest of the way, and the reserves outscored Lock Haven 9-3 over the final four minutes.

Anthony Baker led Lock Haven (0-4) with 16 points and five rebounds and Shariff Bolton scored nine points to join him in double figures. The Bald Eagles shot 39.6 percent from the field (19-48), but were just 15-for-34 from the foul line and committed 23 turnovers – 15 in the first half.

ESU was 30-for-75 from the field, taking 27 more shots than Lock Haven, thanks to a 49-37 rebounding advantage and just 13 turnovers on the offensive end. Graham III had eight assists and just one turnover, coming on the Warriors’ first possession of the game, and Covert and sophomore guard Blair Ramsey both had four assists.

The Warriors’ bench outscored the starters 47-40, led by Brown (16), Covert (10), Bryan (8) and freshman guard Will Brown (7). The bench players also hit all seven of ESU’s three-pointers.

ESU is away from action over the Thanksgiving break and returns to the floor on Tuesday, Nov. 30 with an 8 p.m. tip at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

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