Bell records double-double but MU Men fall
Joe Bell recorded his third-straight double-double and Chuck Harper scored a game-high 19 points but it wouldn't be enough to overcome a frigid first half as Mansfield dropped a 85-65 decision at West Chester in the PSAC East opener for both teams Saturday.
Both teams struggled to find their shooting touch early with West Chester clinging to a 15-12 lead after a Harper 3-pointer 10 minutes into the game. But Mansfield, which made just four of its first 21 shots over the first 17 minutes of the game, would not hit another field goal until Kenny Johnson made a layup with 2:47 remaining in the first half.
West Chester held a 44-25 halftime advantage and would extend the lead to 80-53 with just under five minutes to play.
Mansfield (1-4, 0-3 PSAC) shot a season-low 33% (18-55) from the floor, hitting 3-of-18 three-point attempts (17%) in the game.
Harper scored a season-high 19 points hitting 6-of-12 from the floor including 2-3 on 3-point attempts. Bell had a sub-par shooting day hitting 3-of-9 shots in scoring 14 points, but the sophomore forward had a monster day on the boards pulling down a career-best 17 rebounds including nine off the offensive glass. Junior Kenny Johnson added 10 points.
Harley Williamson came off the bench to lead six West Chester players in double-figures with 14 points. Troy Hockaday had 13 points and Carl Johnson 11 points.
Mansfield has a 10-day break for final exams before traveling to California University of Pennsylvania on Dec. 18.