Clarion Men’s Hoops Struggles in Loss to UPJ

CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion men’s basketball team closed out its 2017 portion of their schedule with a 74-59 home loss to Pitt-Johnstown Saturday afternoon.

(Photo: Calvin Grumley. Photo by Chris Rossetti)

The loss drops Clarion to 3-9 overall and 0-6 in the PSAC while Pitt-Johnstown improves to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in league play.

Clarion kept it close for much of the first half, despite shooting just 35% from the floor. Solid perimeter defense by the Golden Eagles held Pitt-Johnstown to just 4 of 13 from three-point range in the first half. Going into halftime Clarion trailed by just 3 points, 31-28.

A dunk by Johnstown’s Josh Wise at the 13:52 mark of the second half extended the Mountain Cat lead to double-digits at 47-36 and they wouldn’t look back from there.

On the day, Clarion shot 38% from the floor (21 of 55) while Pitt-Johnstown was 44%, converting 29 of 66 attempts.

The Mountain Cats also held a 43-33 advantage in rebounds.

Clarion was led offensively by senior Cameron Grumley with 18 points on 7 of 15 shooting. Zavyer Craft also had a strong game with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Freshman Mason Mraz also chipped in 11 points while Maqi Watsonadded 6 points and 9 rebounds.

Pitt-Johnstown’s Dale Clancy had a game-high 19 points to lead the Mountain Cats.

The Golden Eagles will turn the page to 2018 and look to start off the new year with a win when they host Cheyney University on January 3rd. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm.

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