Pioneers demolish Nittany Lions 94-52

 

The Pioneers men’s basketball team stomped the Penn State-Allegheny Nittany Lions after cruising to a 42 point victory 94-52 in Osborne Hall last night.

Sophomore forward Zach Wasson lays the ball into the basket over the Nittany Lion defender in the 94-52 victory. With a career-high 15 points, Wasson led the charge for a Pioneer bench that outscored the Lions bench 50-13. (Photo by Louie DeGeorge)

With six minutes already gone and not a shot made from its guest opponent, the Pioneers men’s basketball team never turned back after taking a 17-0 lead within the first six minutes of the game.

After its first massive run against the Nittany Lions the Pioneers slowly coasted their way down to an easy win.

“I was pleased with tonight,” head basketball coach Tim Walker said. “We felt like we had a decent opportunity to win tonight and it was a good game for the guys to get a lot of players out there for some playing time.”

The Pioneers essentially shared the court tonight as playing time was balanced between players. With no player having more than 27 minutes of playing time the players equally had opportunities to bring its team to victory.

“We got a lot of guys in and gave a lot of guys some minutes that work really hard for us every day that don’t always get to play,” Walker said. “Zach Wasson was very good tonight and gave us some good minutes there off the bench and that is always encouraging.”

Sophomore Forward Zach Wasson was the Pioneer’s leading minutes grabber against the Lions with a career-high of 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Junior point guard Isiah Elliot, who was recently named GLIAC player of the week for the second week in a row, also managed to give the Pioneers an edge over the Lions by scoring 14 points.

“It was good tonight,” Elliot said. “We passed the ball well and shot the ball decent. But we still have some things to work on before Saturday. It is easy to lose focus in games like these.”

Although the Pioneers had an easy win against the Nittany Lions, the real focus is on the Pioneers big game against the other newest member of the GLIAC, Walsh University.

Heading into Saturday’s key match-up, the Pioneers still feel like their is work left to do, particularly on the boards and defensive end of the floor.

[pullquote]We definitely want to work on our defensive and rotations before Saturday,” Elliot said. “They got too many rebounds on us tonight and that’s mainly what we are going to take from this game in order to prepare for Walsh.”[/pullquote]

“I thought we stayed focus for the most part,” Walker said. “But we have plenty of things to work on defensively, rebounding and all of that before Saturday. The Walsh game is always a good crowd and always a big game and we are hopefully trying to get a win.”

“We definitely want to work on our defensive and rotations before Saturday,” Elliot said. “They got too many rebounds on us tonight and that’s mainly what we are going to take from this game in order to prepare for Walsh.”

Although the Pioneers may be preparing for its big game this coming Saturday against Walsh their main focus is still on the big picture of how the game is another step in the process of becoming NCAA GLIAC members.

“It’s another step in this process,” Walker said. “It is another conference game for us and one that matters because we are right up there with them with about the same record in the conference, so it’s a big game in that regard but we are looking forward to it.”

The next time the Pioneers will hit the hardwood is when they host arch-rival Walsh University on Saturday Feb. 2 at 1:00 p.m.

Tina Oprean is a sports writer for The Aviso AVW.

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