On Saturday, the Shippensburg Men’s Basketball team played their final game of the regular season after a tough loss to Shepherd on Wednesday night. The Raiders came into Saturday’s match against the Bald Eagles and needed a win to claim the number one seed in the PSAC East tournament, which started February 27.
In the first half, the Bald Eagles built a double-digit lead on the Raiders. The Raiders fought their way back and went on a 17-4 run in the remainder of the first half. The Raiders led the Bald Eagles 33-29 at the end of the first half.
In the second half, the Raiders poured it on and put the Bald Eagles away. The Raiders’ lead stretched to as many as 14 points in the second half and the Raiders cruised to victory 74-65.
Three Raiders posted double digit figures in the team victory on Saturday. Graduate student Luke Nedrow finished with double-double with a total of 16 points and 16 rebounds. Senior Carlos Carter had 14 points and eight rebounds. Ty Crespo provided an offensive spark from his position on the Raiders bench and scored 12 points in the game.
With the win, the Raiders break the tie at the top of PSAC East division with West Chester. The Raiders head into the PSAC Championship tournament as the top seeded team in the eastern division and will host the winner of Monday’s first round matchup against Millersville and Lock Haven.
The Raiders were swept by the Marauders in the two times the teams have faced off this year. The Raiders lost in a January nail biter to the Marauders, 56-55. Then, the Raiders dropped the match against the Marauders at home, 67-63.
The Raiders swept their two games with the Bald Eagles, including Saturday’s win at Heiges field house. Wednesday’s tip off for the Raiders’ tournament quarterfinal game is set for 7:30.
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