Knights defeat Falcons in Commonwealth Openener

In Uncategorized on February 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Senior Bobby Mulholland and freshman Khalief Trawick combined for 33 points to help Arcadia Men’s Basketball defeat the Falcons of Messiah College 70-62 in the second half Commonwealth opener this afternoon in Glenside.  Today’s win avenges a loss to the Falcons just two weeks ago as the Knights improve to 3-4 in the league and 8-11 overall.  Messiah also stands at 3-4 in the league and drops to 5-14 overall.

The Knights opened the game with nice 7-0 run, leading by as many as 18 in the first half.  Messiah crawled their way back to make it an 8 point game at the half, 35-27 Knights, as Arcadia held the Falcons to just 27% shooting while causing 13 Falcon turnovers throughout the opening twenty.

Although Arcadia never trailed in today’s game, a layup by Jason Miller brought the Falcons to within 1, 46-45 with 11 minutes to play and to their credit Messiah kept Arcadia on their heels for the remainder of the game as a three pointer off the hands of Drew Sneeringer with 43 seconds to play made it 64-62 game with Arcadia in front.   Both teams were in the double-bonus down the stretch, but with Messiah forced to foul, both Trawick and Mulholland were perfect from the stripe in the final 27 seconds to seal today’s much needed win.

Mulholland, playing the final 12 minutes with 4 fouls, was red hot this afternoon, nailing 7-9 from the floor and a perfect 4-4 strikes on the line for a 19 point performance with 4 rebounds and 3 steals.  Trawick went 5-10 and 4-6 from the line to finish with 14 ponts and 7 rebounds.  Trawick added 2 steals and put home a dunk in the first half.  Senior Terell Varnado added 9 points, 7 rebounds and blocked 2 shots for a Knights squad that committed just 5 turnovers all day.  Junior Damien Palantino netted 5 points and owned team highs in assists with 6 and steals with 5.

Arcaida shot 46% from the floor and 73% from the line, as their defense held the Falcons to just 35% shooting while causing 20 Messiah turnovers.  Jamie Yoder led the Falcons with 18 while Colton Reitz contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds.

Arcadia will look to even the score with Widener University this Tuesday at home at 7 PM


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