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Men's hoops finish strong and finish off Medgar Evers

(Posted December 11, 2010)

GRANTHAM, Pa. -- A second-half surge and a strong finish pushed Juniata College men's basketball past Medgar Evers College, 68-55, Saturday in Brubaker Auditorium at Messiah College.

Juniata (5-5) grabbed four points off the tip-off thanks to Austin Ankney's (Somerset, Pa./Somerset) layup and starting forward Dan Sekulski's (Douglassville, Pa./Daniel Boone) jumper. Medgar Evers (3-8) quickly got settled in and caught up to the Eagles.

The game was tied six times in the first half and neither team could pull away. Juniata got up four points in the last seconds of the first half, 34-30, with Pat Cassidy's layup (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) and Sekulski's jumper.

Juniata came out of half-time with energy. Sekulski single handedly earned four points before the Cougars got to the basket. Juniata defense held Medgar Evers at 40 points while they went on to collect six more. With five minutes left the Eagles were up 59-46, gaining their largest lead of 16 points with 53 seconds left.

Sekulski paced the offense with a game high of 23 points while Ankney also tallied in the double digits with 17 points. Senior forward Bruce Knowles' (Duncannon, Pa./Susquenita) had a team high of seven rebounds. Winston Douglas had an impressive 16 points with 15 rebounds for the Cougars.

Juniata went 20-for-45 from the floor, and similar to last night's game against Valley Forge Christian, did not sink any threes. The Eagles finished 70% of their free throws and only committed 15 turnovers compared to 22 from the Cougars.

Juniata will return home December 29th to face Washington and Jefferson College at 7:30 p.m. in Kennedy Sports + Recreation Center.

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