Showing up when it matters

Slippery Rock men’s basketball surge as season comes closer to conclusion

Published by Alex Hanczar, Date: March 6, 2024
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Coming off their impressive win over Indiana University of Pa. Slippery Rock men’s basketball dominated Edinboro with a 90-73 win.

The 17-point thrashing is the second game in a row The Rock won by 15 or more. It was also the second game in a row that one player made a significant impact.

Ike Herster recorded his second-straight game with 20-plus points. The redshirt sophomore ties his second highest scoring game this season with the 23-point performance.

Herster’s heroics were not alone in the victory as SRU collaborated for a strong team win.

Along with the 6-foot 6-inch guard, five others recorded over 10 points in the contest. This included The Rock’s star as he returned from illness.

Yes, Maceo Austin returned for the White and Green after missing two outings. In his return the Sharon, Pa. native tallied 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

Following their strong game against IUP, Sheick Samoura and Jomo Goings also went for back-to-back 10-plus point games.

The Crimson Hawks followed their loss to SRU with a matchup against the red-hot California Pa. This was the team’s third straight loss, dropping them to a 13-8 conference record. Amid their losing streak teams like Slippery Rock and Seton Hill University climbed the standings. While IUP and SRU sit at the same conference record, IUP hold the tiebreaker in overall wins with 16 to Slippery Rock’s 15.

This would set up SRU to take on Seton Hill University in round one. The two split their regular season contests however, The Rock handily won the latter from home court (where the game would be played in the playoffs).

Along with these two from the west would be number one seed Gannon who will receive a bye in the first round.

From the east would currently be East Stroudsburg University receiving a bye, and Lockhaven University matching up with Mansfield in round one.

Lockhaven are the only side of these three that SRU have seen thus far this year. The contest ended in a 73-66 victory for the Bald Eagles.

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