Mountaineers Fall to #9 East Stroudsburg on the Road
Joe Bell's game-high 20 points wasn't enough Wednesday night in Koehler Fieldhouse as the Mountaineers fell to ninth-ranked East Stroudsburg with a final score of 83-58.
Bell hit eight field goals and four free throws while pulling down a game-high eight boards to lead Mansfield. Junior Charles Becoats hit five-of-nine from the field on his way to 16 points on the night.
Juniors Onyema Utti and Kevonte McClain added 10 and seven points respectively for the Mountaineers. Freshman Kamil Parzych dished out a game-high five assists.
East Stroudsburg (20-2, 17-1 PSAC) was led by Terrance King who connected on 50.0% (6-12) of his shots from the field to score 20 points in the win. Gerald Bridges Jr. added 12 points.
The Mountaineers were outrebounded 40-35 in the contest.
ESU jumped out to a six-point lead over the first four minutes of the game, but Mansfield hit back-to-back-to-back layups to tie the game at 8-8. The Warriors built their lead back up to six points just two minutes later, then pushed on to an 11-point advantage with 12:13 remaining in the half.
The Mountaineers trailed just 31-22 with less than seven to play until halftime, but East Stroudsburg used a 17-6 run to close out the half and take a 48-28 lead into the break.
Mansfield (6-16, 4-14 PSAC) opened the second half with an 11-2 run to close within 11 points at the 15:23 mark. But, the nationally-ranked Warriors went on a run of their own, 15-2, to jump out to a 65-41 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
The Warriors proved to be too much for Mansfield as they went on to earn their 14th straight victory.
Mansfield travels to Cheyney on Saturday, Feb. 16 for a 3 p.m. tip.