Men’s basketball sets multiple records in 144-61 drubbing of Penn State DuBois

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Redshirt-freshman point guard Jaymon Mason had 10 points, five assists and four steals in Edinboro’s 144-61 win over Penn State DuBois on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at McComb Fieldhouse.
EUP men's basketball sets records

By Mike Fenner
Staff writer/Spectator

After splitting a pair of PSAC games against Seton Hill and California, the Fighting Scots men’s basketball team re-entered the non-conference portion of its schedule in record breaking fashion.

Edinboro (3-1, 1-1 PSAC) broke a nearly 50-year-old record in points scored in a home contest with a 144-61 victory over Penn State DuBois (0-6, 0-2 PSUAC) at McComb Fieldhouse on Monday, Nov. 24.

A 133-90 Fighting Scots victory in the 196768 season represented the previous high mark in school history prior to the 144 point output on Tuesday night. Edinboro’s 83 point margin of victory surpassed a 73 point win in the 1997-98 season where the Scots put up 116 points.

“I just wish we would have scored seven more of them Saturday against California,” said second-year head coach Pat Cleary on the bounce back game. “The guys played hard and stuck to our stuff. They took good, on balanced shots. They weren’t rushing anything. They weren’t forcing bad ones. They were taking the ones that were there and it was good.”

All 13 Scots scored, including nine double figure scorers on the Edinboro side behind a record 60 made field goals on its 94 attempts. The Scots buried a season high 18 three-pointers, while shooting over 50 percent from deep and played a balanced ball game with 34 assists to just five turnovers offensively.

Edinboro sprinted out to a 10-0 advantage in under three minutes as junior guard Henri Wade-Chatman and redshirt freshman guard Jaymon Mason each hit a three pointer to spark the run.

Another 12-0 run in just over two minutes late in the first half, sparked by three of senior forward Casey Baker’s team leading five steals, lifted the Scots up to a 30 point lead.

Edinboro, leading by as many as 41 in the first 20 minutes, took a 72-32 lead into halftime as the Scots came up just two points shy of a school record for points in a half.

“That’s what tonight was all about, sticking to what we do,” Cleary said. “I think a lot of the things that happened on Saturday with our loss to California were things that we stressed and accomplished. Tonight was the first step in that.”

The Fighting Scots began the second half on a 13-4 run in just under four minutes before cruising in the remainder of the contest.

Sophomore reserve guard Sheldon Brogdon converted on his third consecutive three point make at the 14:05 mark to hit triple digits for the Scots as Edinboro led by 60 at that point.

The Scots would replicate its first half total of 72 points in the second frame, outscoring the Lions 72-29 to end the contest.

Wade-Chatman tallied 15 points and dished out 4 assists in just 10 minutes, while redshirt junior guard Will Marrow logged 12 points in 10 minutes and Baker scored a season high 16 points going 6-6 from the floor with six rebounds in 15 minutes of action.

Claiming PSAC West freshman of the week honors entering the contest, Mason shot 4-7 from the field, knocking down a pair of three point launches and scored 10 points in 12 minutes. Mason also logged five assists and four steals in the win.

“I just think he’s able to play under control,” Cleary said. “He’s setting his teammates up. He’s staying solid on defense and he’s taking good, solid shots that are there for him.”

True freshmen Mike Beck (13 points) and Quinn Lee Yaw (19), junior center Tommy Scales (12), junior forward Nate Stepney (11), and Brogdon (16) all scored in double figures off the bench and enabled the Edinboro bench to outscore the Lions team by themselves at an 89-61 advantage.

“Not until after the game,” Cleary said of awareness of the record night. “It’s nothing we were gunning for, but our guys were taking good shots. It wasn’t like we were trapping or trying to force things and run it up. We were taking good, on balanced shots and just basically stayed solid. We had nine guys score in double digits, so I thought we did a good job of sharing the ball.”

The Scots return to PSAC play when they host Mercyhurst on Saturday at 3 p.m. at McComb Fieldhouse. Over the break the team hosts Cheyney, Millersville, Thiel College, Lock Haven and Clarion. The Scots will visit Shippensburg, Kutztown, Mansfield, Gannon and Indiana (Pa.) before the start of the spring semester.         

Mike Fenner is the staff writer for the Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com