No. 5 Edinboro drops No. 21 Gannon
Fighting Scots’ Brown tallies 24 points, four assists, three steals
ERIE, Pa. -- No. 5 Edinboro held on for a 72-62 victory at rival No. 21 Gannon to earn its 13th consecutive win.
The Fighting Scots relied on a 24-point performance from Kiara Brown, and overcame foul trouble to fight off the upset attempt.
Edinboro (13-0, 9-0 PSAC West) and Gannon (11-2, 8-1 PSAC West) were never separated by more than six points during the first half of play and the Golden Knights scored the final four points to make it a two-point (33-31) contest at halftime.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 5 Edinboro 72, No. 21 Gannon 62|
|No. 9 Bentley 79, American International 43|
|No. 14 Grand Canyon 71, Dominican (Calif.) 29|
|No. 18 Emporia State 81, Lincoln 68|
|No. 20 Assumption 71, Stonehill 66|
|No. 21 Indiana (Pa.) 62, California (Pa.) 43|
The Fighting Scots used a 6-0 run to get some breathing room and match its largest lead to that point at 46-37. Gannon would have an answer thanks in part to the foul trouble Edinboro was in throughout the second half.
An 8-0 run from the Golden Knights made it a one-point game (56-55) with 5:35 to play.
Following a Raven Metz free throw, Micki Cerchiaro put Edinboro back in the driver's seat following a defensive stop. Cerchiaro drained a jumper from outside and then completed a traditional three-point play to stretch the Boro lead to 60-55.
Edinboro would be forced to play the final four minutes without its two starting forwards, Cerchiaro and Samantha Blazetic, each picked up their fifth foul. Renee' Brown began a Boro surge with a jumper to make the lead seven as the Fighting Scots would not look back.
Kiara Brown helped ice the game late with six free throws to stop Gannon's attempt at a late rally.
She finished with four assists and three steals to go along with her game-high scoring performance. Renee' Brown added 13 points while Metz had 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Doriyon Glass led Gannon with 15 points. Gannon had won 64 of its previous 77 games at home.