Men's Basketball News & Highlights
February 01, 2014
Eagles' Comeback Effort Falls Short
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the roles were reversed this time and they fell by a final score of 76-74.
The storyline was remarkably the same in both meetings this year. In each game, the road team led by 10 points with six minutes remaining, had their lead disappear, only to get it back with 22 or 23 seconds left, and then held on to win in the game’s final seconds.
Saturday, the Eagles stormed back in the game’s final five minutes on an 11-0 run.
Eagles’ freshman Shaquan Turk made a big defensive stand with 4:33 to play by blocking Manhattanville’s big man Jack Bramswig on a layup attempt. Jordan Diggs finished with the transition layup on the other end.
Two minutes later, Turk finished a layup and drew the foul, but was unable to complete the three-point play; however, Jimmie Willis was there for the rebound and put it back and make it a four-point play.
After Turk blocked another Valiants shot on the next possession, Eagles’ Malcolm Garrison banked in his fourth 3-pointer of the night to put Eastern within one, 73-72, with 1:28 to play.
Diggs came away with a steal with 45 seconds left and was fouled. He sunk both free throws to give Eastern its first lead of the second half 74-73.
Manhattanville then called timeout and ended up finding Connor Quigley open on the left wing for a successful 3-pointer over Eastern’s zone.
The Eagles then took a timeout with 11 seconds to go to draw up a final play. But, like Wednesday’s game at Wilkes, the Eagles were unable to execute the final play and fell by the final score of 76-74.
The Eagles have now had seven games decided by the final possession or in overtime. Eastern, a very young team, is 2-5 in those games.
Garrison again had a strong offensive output against the Valiants, scoring a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Diggs hit 4-of-6 shots from the floor to finish with 11 points. He also had six rebounds. Turk added 11 points and five rebounds.
The Valiants were led by Anthony Maestre’s 20 points and eight rebounds. Bramswig finished with 18 points and eight boards. Juan Camacho and Colin Campbell added 15 points and 12 points, respectively.
Eastern hosts King’s College at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Updated: Saturday, 01 February 2014