Recap: Men Nearly Overcome Early Hole, Fall 69-64

Recap: Men Nearly Overcome Early Hole, Fall 69-64

MEDIA, Pa. - The men's basketball team staged a late rally but couldn't quite overcome its lackluster start in falling to Williamson Trade, 69-64, in the Mustangs' first game following winter break.

The home team dominated the Mustangs from the opening tip, scoring the game's first 15 points.

"We just didn't have the energy that we needed to start the game," said Head Men's Basketball Coach Denny Surovec. "The guys fought hard throughout the rest of the game, but we dug ourselves a huge hole."

Hole aside, Surovec's team showed its resiliency throughout the contest. In fact, Brendan Watton's three-pointer gave the Mustangs a 48-47 lead with eight  minutes remaining. Five minutes later, the teams were knotted at 60. But Williamson Trade got the better for the game's final three minutes to hang on for the victory.

After falling behind 15-0 early in the game, the Mustangs outscored the home team 25-18 and trailed by just eight points at halftime.

Surovec offered no excuses for his team's play early, saying simply: "They are a very well-coached team and took advantage of our lack of intensity early."

Anthony Patterson provided a team-high 20 points and added six rebounds for the Mustangs. Nicko Balis finished with 18 points, including 3 of 7 from beyond the arc. Jalil Shafi grabbed eight of his team's 34 rebounds.

As a team the Mustangs connected on 24 of 62 shots, including five three-pointers. The team was an impressive 11 of 14 from the foul line. The Mustangs committed 22 turnovers.

The Mustangs are back on the hardwood Tuesday night when they host the Cougars of Lehigh Carbon Community College in a 8 pm tip-off.

- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director