No. 2 Edinboro topples No. 18 Gannon
Fighting Scots’ Brown scores career-high 26 points in victory
EDINBORO, Pa. -- It was a tale of two halves as No. 2 Edinboro (21-0, 17-0 PSAC) roared back from a seven-point halftime deficit behind a career-high 26 points from Renee’ Brown to earn a 74-57 victory against No. 18 Gannon (17-4, 14-3) on Wednesday evening.
Just as in the first meeting between the two rivals last month in Erie, Edinboro quickly found itself in foul trouble. The Golden Knights responded by connecting on 14 of 17 shots from the free throw line as three Fighting Scots players picked up three fouls in the first half.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Edinboro 74, No. 18 Gannon 57|
|No. 7 Bentley 69, St. Michael's 58|
|No. 15 USC-Aiken 65, No. 17 Lander 63|
|Central Missouri 69, No. 9 Washburn 68|
|No. 10 Pittsburgh St. 88, Missouri Southern 74|
|No. 11 Rollins 67, Palm Beach 48|
|California (Pa.) 67, No. 20 IUP 63|
|No. 21 Emporia St. 70, SW Baptist 57|
Gannon outscored Edinboro 15-6 over the last six minutes of the half to take a 39-32 lead, the largest halftime deficit of the season for the Fighting Scots.
Edinboro began chipping away at the Gannon lead slowly to open the second half, cutting the margin to just a point at 44-43 with 13:30 remaining. Following a foul shot from Jen Papich, Renee’ Brown’s layup tied the game. Brown sank another layup to put Edinboro ahead (47-45) for the first time since 6:17 left in the first half -- it was a lead the Scots never relinquished.
The Fighting Scots overwhelmed Gannon in the second half, outscoring the visitors 42-18. Edinboro hasn’t given up 60 points since January 11.
Gannon managed to shoot just 36 percent from the field in the half (16-44) while committing 14 of its 20 turnovers.
Edinboro shot 53 percent in the second half and 51 percent (29-56) for the game. Brown and Samantha Blazetic were at the heart of the second-half charge. Brown scored 15 of her game-high 26 points during the second half while Blazetic registered 15 of her 23 points and six blocks.
Brown finished 10-13 from the field including 6-8 from the foul line line while bringing down seven rebounds along with two assists and two steals. Blazetic also found the shooter’s touch, finishing 11-13 from the foul line with seven rebounds and a season-high six blocks.
Kiara Brown netted eight points with three assists and two steals. Darche’ Jackson also contributed seven points, five rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes off the bench.
Jen Papich paced the visitors with her 18 points, while Caitlyn Lowe added 13 points and Kelley Sundberg was also in double figures with 10 points.