MU men fall at Cheyney
Joe Bell scored a game-high 26 points but Mansfield couldn't make up a 10-point halftime deficit in dropping an 89-77 decision to Cheyney in a PSAC East game Saturday afternoon.
Cheyney held a 30-20 lead with just under five minutes to play in the first half when the Mountaineers hit back-to-back 3-pointers by Charles Becoats and Tremaine Bowman. Bell followed with a jumper to cut the advantage to 32-28 two minutes later.
But Cheyney would close out the half with a pair of 3-pointers of its own, including one by Rashaad Slappy as time expired to take a 42-32 lead into halftime.
Mansfield played the Wolves tough for much of the second half, pulling to 57-50 on a layup by Bell with just over 12 minutes in the game, but Cheyney pulled away with an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach.
The Wolves shot 55% for the game including hitting 62% of their shots in the second half. Mansfield did hold a commanding 36-27 rebounding advantage but turned the ball over 22 times.
Bell went 8-for-15 from the floor and a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line while also pulling down seven rebounds.
Kevonte McClain also had a strong performance. The junior forward scored a career-high 17 points and also had a team-best three steals. Becoats added 15 points while Chuck Harper scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Brandon Norfleet led four Cheyney players in double-figures with 22 points.
Mansfield travels to Bloomsburg Wednesday for the last away game of the regular season.