Rock handles Edinboro, keeps chance for fifth seed alive

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In a matchup at Edinboro (5-19, 2-18 in PSAC) Wednesday, the Slippery Rock University men’s basketball team (14-12, 10-10) won its fourth straight in dominating offensive fashion, 95-60.

The team connected on 14 three point shots, going 14-of-31 (45.2%) from behind the arc. Overall, the Rock shot proficiently (36-of-76) and won the rebounding, 46-36. Nine players scored at least three points for Ian Grady’s squad. Defensively, SRU notched 16 takeaways, which led to 25 points on the other end.

The 95 points that SRU scored were the most this season and the win tied Grady with West Chester’s Damien Blair for the most by any active PSAC head coach in their first two campaigns.

Senior forward Micah Till dropped a game-high 23 points in 24 minutes, also grabbing seven rebounds. With just four points against Mercyhurst Sunday, Till would move into a tie with Ed McFarlane for fourth on the university’s all-time scoring list. He also sits 40 points from becoming Slippery Rock’s fourth 1,500-point scorer.

Freshman forward Lashon Lindsey scored 10 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Amante Britt and Jason Fowlkes (both with 11 points) and Will Robinson (10 points) rounded out the Rock’s double-digit scorers. Robinson hadn’t played in the past three games due to injury.

For Edinboro, who shot 22-of-58 from the field and 3-of-21 from three, Trey Staunch led the attack with 23 points.

With a win at home against Mercyhurst and a California (Pa.) loss, The Green and White could slide into the fifth seed in the PSAC tournament.

Slippery Rock will return to its friendly confines Saturday for Senior Day, a 3 p.m. tip-off.

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