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No. 8 Warriors earn 74-63 win at Bloomsburg, improve to 16-0

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- All-America junior guard Whis Grant scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half as No. 8-ranked East Stroudsburg extended its school-record start to 16-0 with a 74-63 win at Bloomsburg in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East action on Wednesday night at Nelson Field House.

Junior guard Matt Tobin, the reigning PSAC East Co-Athlete of the Week, added 17 points and four assists and freshman forward Rasheed Moore had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors (16-0, 6-0), who also set a mark for their best-ever PSAC East start.

ESU entered the night tied with No. 3-ranked Florida Southern for the longest active winning streak in Division II. Florida Southern improved to 16-0 with a 92-86 win at Saint Leo.

The Warriors were playing with the highest national ranking in school history at No. 8 in this week's NABC Division II Coaches' Poll. They are the final unbeaten among the 18 schools in the PSAC.

ESU led 28-25 at halftime before scoring 46 second-half points to post its 14th win by double figures, and give head coach Jeff Wilson his 199th career win.

Gannon 67, No. 5 Indiana (Pa.) 61

ERIE, Pa. -- Heading into the game with a perfect 14-0 record, fifth-ranked Indiana (Pa.) fell victim to Gannon, dropping the overtime contest 67-61.

Unable to connect on a field goal in the overtime period doomed the Crimson Hawks, as Mathis Keita put up the only points in extra play, sinking two pairs of free throws.

Keita led the way for IUP, scoring 21 points and adding six assists, five rebounds and one block. Fellow senior Marcel Souberbielle added 16 points, three rebounds and two assists.

With the loss, the Crimson Hawks fell into a tie for second place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West with Slippery Rock at 4-1.

No. 6 Tarleton State 83, Midwestern State 81

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Tarleton State's Damion Clemons scored a career-high 16 points and Chuck Guy added a game-high 20 points as the No. 6 Texans overcame a 12-point first half deficit to down Midwestern State on the road 83-81 on Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The win extended Tarleotn's best start in program history to 14-0 and it helped get the Texan basketball program back to a .500 team, improving its overall record to 724-724 all time since becoming a senior college in 1961. When head coach Lonn Reisman took over the program 26 years ago, the Texans were just 180-498 overall.

The Texans moved to 3-0 in Lone Star Conference play, as well, and claim sole possession of first place, while the Mustangs fell to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in league play. Tarleton has now won three in a row against the Mustangs dating to last season.

The major difference in the game, according to Reisman, was Tarleton's bench outscoring the Mustangs 52-23 on the night.

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