SUMMARY: Men’s basketball rally in second half to top Gannon, 72-66
SHIPPENSBURG, PA – The University of Shippensburg men’s basketball team overcame a halftime deficit on Saturday night to claim a 72-66 victory over Gannon in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) mandated crossover at Heiges Field House.
Shippensburg (3-3, 1-1 PSAC) shot just 31 percent in the first half and trailed 10 points early in the second half. SU used a 16-2 run in 3:34 to take a four-point lead with 13:53 remaining and didn’t lag the rest of the way.
The Raiders shot 60 percent from the field in the second half, including 7 of 9 three-pointers. SU also made 5 of 6 free throws in the final two minutes to help secure the victory.
Redshirt-junior Rashon johnson lost 16 points, took eight rebounds and was a perfect 3-for-3 behind the arc. Senior Kiyon Hardy tied his career high with 16 points, created four assists and picked up three rebounds.
Redshirt-junior Dom sleva had a near-double-double with nine points, 12 rebounds, two steals and an assist. Junior Carlos Carter scored nine of his 14 points in the second half, had two assists and two steals. Carter also hit a three-point clutch to give the Raiders a six-point lead with 49 seconds left.
Gannon (4-2, 1-1) lost his lead with 15:18 to go and couldn’t muster enough offense to regain the advantage down the home stretch. Ike Herster scored 20 points, a season record, and Alonde Legrand scored 18 points, had 13 rebounds and had two assists, two steals and a block. Lance-Amir Paul led the Golden Knights with three assists; he also added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Shippensburg will be taking a break for a few days for final exams and will resume operations at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 with a non-conference game at Bowie State.