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Men's Basketball News & Highlights

January 29, 2014

Eagles Edged By Slimmest Of Margins


Malcolm Garrison scored a team-high 22 points against the Wilkes Colonels on Wednesday night and was crucial to the Eagles getting back into the game in the second half.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa.--Eastern Men's Basketball overcame a 13-point deficit to give themselves a chance to win at the buzzer against Wilkes University on Wednesday night. However, the Eagles' last-second attempt rimmed out and the Eagles fell 72-71 to the Colonels.

The Eagles trailed by eight points with 2:05 to go, but quickly got five points back from sophomore forward Caleb Knudsen. Knudsen finished an old-fashioned 3-point play with a layup and free throw with 1:53 to go and made a nice move on the right wing to juke his defender and finish in the paint and put Eastern within three points, 69-66, with 1:20 to play.

The Colonels' Tyler Jackson and Eagles' Malcolm Garrison then traded buckets on subsequent possessions.

Eastern then called timeout, still down by three points with 31 seconds to go, and drew up a full court press on Wilkes' inbounds play. The Eagles got exactly what they wanted with the pressure and Anthony Parenti intercepted the Wilkes' pass right under Eastern's basket and he quickly finished the layup.

The Eagles trailed 71-70 with 29 seconds left and with the shot clock unplugged had to foul after they didn't get a quick steal.

The Colonel's Alec Wizar made his first free throw, but missed the second. Knudsen corralled the rebound for the Eagles, giving the Eagles the chance to tie or take the lead with under 20 seconds left.

Parenti drove hard to the lane, and with 18 seconds left, drew the foul and made the first of his two free throws. The Colonel's recovered the rebound from Parenti's missed free throw, and the Eagles, still down 72-71, again had to foul with 14 seconds to go.

The Eagles had only committed nine fouls to that point in the second half so they only gave the Colonels one guaranteed free throw. The Eagles caught a break when Jackson missed the first free throw. Shaquan Turk pulled down the rebound for the Eagles. The Eagles took the ball up court and looked to score, but Wilkes deflected the ball out-of-bounds beneath Eastern's basket.

So with seven seconds left, trailing 72-71, the Eagles drew up a final inbounds play with point guard Austin Carroll inbounding the ball from the baseline. The play went awry and Carroll, unable to find an open man sent the ball back behind halfcourt to Parenti.

Parenti took the ball back into the front court with the clock winding down and drove into the lane. He released a floater in the lane, but the ball bounced around the rim and rolled out as time expired.

The Eagles had started the game on the wrong foot, falling behind 10-1 to begin the game and trailed by 13 points with two minutes remaining in the first half. Eastern continued to chip away and finally tied the game with 11:42 to go in the second half.

Garrison was crucial to that run, scoring 10 of his team-high 22 points in the first eight minutes of the second half.

Knudsen recorded another double-double, his fifth this season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jordan Diggs scored nine points for the Eagles. Parenti and Jimmie Willis each added eight.

The Colonels were led in scoring by Alex Wizar who made an incredible 7-of-10 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 25 points.

Eastern controlled the ball well and shot well from the floor, hitting 52.2 percent of their field goal attempts, but struggled to find their groove from the free-throw line. The Eagles missed 14 free throws, shooting just 56.3 percent from the charity stripe.

The Colonels shot even worse from the free-throw line: 8-for-17 (47.1 percent). The Colonels did have the advantage in the rebound category, out-rebounding the Eagles 40-29 (11-4 offensive).

Eastern gets another shot at every team in the conference starting on Saturday when they host Manhattanville University at 3 p.m.

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Updated: Wednesday, 29 January 2014


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